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

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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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4 days ago

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

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10 days 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.

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Nice

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1 month 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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