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
1430 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.

11 minutes ago

Love the intensity of this hike

3 days ago

It varies each season which I love.

1 month 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
2 months ago

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

2 months ago

Gorgeous views, bubbling tar pits and springs

mountain biking
2 months ago

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

hiking
2 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

2 months ago

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

3 months ago

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

3 months ago

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

3 months ago

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

4 months 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.

4 months ago

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

6 months ago

I hiked here while the wolf flowers were blooming this spring and it was gorgeous. There were poppies, grape soda, and so many others.

hiking
6 months ago

I love this trail. So much to see along the way. It does get crowded though.

hiking
6 months ago

This is a great trial! There is a steep incline for half of it, so some people might be turned off by this, but the view at the top is beautiful and worth it.

Shade is hit or miss throughout the hike and there are quite a lot of biting gnats. Thin trails, so it might be difficult to navigate a mountain bike if hikers on the trail, but overall, fun!

Love the end when you are walking between two large mountains in a dried up river bed. Awesome.

hiking
6 months ago

If you like switchback up and down, this is the trail for you.

7 months ago

Solid hike and tough trail. At one point I was staring off and stumbled upon on 2 deer chilling on the trail. Great 360 views, a couple of tar pits and a tree swing at the top. The only drawback were the very aggressive flies, at one point they were dive bombing my face. It was beyond annoying. Will definitely take bug spray if/when I go back.

7 months ago

Nice

hiking
8 months ago

The temperature was ideal for a mid-day hike (I would avoid hiking this in the afternoon on a really hot day) so my girlfriend and I did the clockwise route at about noon. The path is very well maintained with a lot of foot traffic. We saw a rattle snake that had just moved off the trail so beware. Lots of lizards, birds and gorgeous wildflowers. The bubbling tar pits are interesting. Views from the top are spectacular on a clear day! This hike has several hill climbs that will test your endurance. The hills are slow, steady, not very steep, but go on for awhile. Bring water and watch your step for crawly things.

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