Towsley Canyon Loop Trail

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Towsley Canyon Loop Trail is a 6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Newhall, California that features hot springs and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
6.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1525 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

hot springs

views

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

This hike has an amazing variety of sites and smells including strange geologic formations, frothy streambeds, tar pits and many different plant communities. The Tataviam Indians used the naturally occurring asphalt for healing purposes and to seal their basketry. At about the 0.9 mile you will encounter a slot like canyon called the Narrows which contains layers of nearly vertical rock formations. After the passage through the narrows stay left, then after another 200 yards stay left again and climb the switchbacks to the left that is called the Towsley Canyon Loop Trail. Topping out at 2450 feet, the trail begins a steep winding descent and includes breathtaking views of lush hillsides and canyons as it heads into Wiley Canyon. Joining a dirt road turn left and head down the canyon. After almost a mile of hiking take the Canyon View Loop Trail to the left which traverses over a summit and takes you back down to Ed Davis Park by the ranger station.

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13 days ago

I do love this trail, go early to avoid the crowds. I like to do the route clockwise.

15 days ago

Gorgeous! Hard to believe it's just off the freeway! Definitely will be doing again!!

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25 days ago

This is a beautiful hike and also challenging which I like very much.

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1 month ago

I really enjoy this trail. There is the long 6 mile loop and a shorter 2 mile loop. Both are fun. The longer loop is challenging and steep in parts and during certain times of the year part of the hike takes you across a flowing creek. The shorter one is great for a quick hike that also has some elevation. It is my go to Sunday morning hike.

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1 month ago

Great training ground for difficult hikes or for daily conditioning. The hike features small tar pits on opposite sides of the mountain

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