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

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

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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.

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

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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.

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