Towsley Canyon Loop Trail

MODERATE 417 reviews

Towsley Canyon Loop Trail is a 5.6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Newhall, California that features hot springs and is rated as moderate. 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
5.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,443 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.

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked this trail yesterday. It was beautiful. Still lots and lots of wildflowers. Did it alone with my dog It was a weekday and it felt pretty secluded at times. There was one spot that my dog had to walk through tar. There were some pavers spread out across it . But, he couldn’t really manage them. Somehow the tar even got in his water bowl! Then he didn’t want to drink from it. That was the only negative. There are bathrooms and trash cans at the bottom which is awesome. Didn’t have to take waste bags home with us for a change. Felt pretty safe. Beautiful and a good workout.

3 months ago

If you take the longer loop, it’s close to 6miles with significant elevation change making it a moderate trail. Very clean and well kept, not busy. Fantastic views at the top. Some really lovely flowers this time of year and an interesting bubbling patch of oil along with various tarry spots along the way. Overall very interesting and enjoyable.

hiking
3 months ago

One of the best trail for hiking for beginners, really awesome view and so quiet for meditation lovers or relaxation

hiking
3 months ago

Gorgeous canyon views!

hiking
3 months ago

Amazing views from the canyon! Wild flowers along the trail in mid April.

hiking
4 months ago

I'm new to hiking and did this trail. Was a bit harder than expected but certainly worth it. This time of year, it is great, cool and green, with excellent views. I was happy I completed, next time I'll do with my backpack with some weight to it.

4 months ago

Great 5 ml trail good for running & walking.

4 months ago

Beautiful trail with a major incline. One side of the mountain is steep and one side has a series of switchbacks a small year round creak flows in the canyon below. Hike it in the cool months between March and May and you will see miles of rare California green and lots of wild flowers making they’re brief appearance for the year. Highly recommended!

hiking
5 months ago

I can't tell how much I like this hike. haha. We started around 2:30p. Parked in the first lot outside the gates, just in case we didn't make it back by sunset (they lock the gate at sunset). Did this counter clockwise. It's like you're somewhere else for the first portion. Lots of shade, large rocks, and a stream. Very nice and cool - Up through about the 2mi mark from the gate. Once you get to the top, there is a cool tree laying on it's side and a view. We thought this was the very top. But, we were fooled we walked about 5 mins past it and there was an even bigger tree with an even better view.

hiking
5 months ago

Great views with some shade and water features.

hiking
5 months ago

Great trail! If you want a nice up hill workout, make sure you start the trail from the front to get that big hill, otherwise the back way is a great workout as well, but without he big hill upward hike. Either way, great trail! You can also turn around in the middle, by the stream part, and go back and that offers more distance and intensity.

5 months ago

Very nice hike!

hiking
5 months ago

I’d consider this more of a moderate trail about 5 miles total, but then again I’m pretty active. This is a great trail for mountain biking as well and is a gradual climb. As you get to the top, there are quite a few dead trees which make for great photo ops. Didn’t see much from a tar pit geothermal perspective, though. Great for dogs too, though sometimes the path gets pretty narrow. You can’t get lost. It’s an easy loop!

trail running
5 months ago

Love this local challenging trail.

6 months ago

best after it rains.

6 months ago

Definitely a good little trail. Lots of different things to see and the dog loved it.

6 months ago

Good hike if you want a workout and have a couple of hours! Took my dog, she loved it!

hiking
6 months ago

I do this hike at least once a week, great for the dog , there is a very small part that you cross a oily patch, but it is only about 6 feet wide.
try both directions as it is a different hike depending on which way you go on the loop

hiking
6 months ago

Prettier than you can tell from the pictures!

6 months ago

Great scenes, definitely off camber and slippery when dry...glad I brought the trekking poles helped balance well.

6 months ago

Nice hike

trail running
6 months ago

Easy run

6 months ago

Love the intensity of this hike

6 months ago

It varies each season which I love.

8 months ago

Great Workout. Beautiful Views at the top. Trail is partially shaded with lots of beautiful trees and mountains. One of my local favorites.

hiking
9 months ago

A lil difficult which i like. The views are Beautiful from the top!

9 months ago

Gorgeous views, bubbling tar pits and springs

mountain biking
9 months ago

doing this counter clockwise gives you the full 1500 ft to descend. use a bell!

hiking
9 months ago

Great little workout burn (roughly 1500 feet in 2.5 miles, 5.3 mile loop) at Towsley Canyon Loop Trail in Santa Clarita! Love this trail! Have been out there a few times now to either hike or mountain bike. Wrote a little trip report with trail details on the blog: http://www.shedreamsofalpine.com/blog/2017/11/1/santa-clarita-half-day-towsley-canyon-loop-trail-2-ways-hike-or-mountain-bike

9 months ago

Wonderful! Can’t wait to come back on a day that’s not as warm.

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