Towsley Canyon Loop Trail is a 5.6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Newhall, California that features beautiful wild flowers 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.

Length5.6 miElevation gain1,443 ftRoute typeLoop
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Getting There

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.

Take the Calgrove exit from the Golden State Freeway (Interstate 5). Turn west back under the freeway and take the Old Road south to Ed Davis Park at Towsley Canyon. Drive 0.6 mile west on the graded entrance road to reach the picnic area and nature center. Park your car in the dirt lot to the right and then proceed up the graded road towards the floodplain of Towsley Canyon.

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Felix N
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It’s incredible what the fire did to the backside of the trail.. not used to seeing it so bare, but yet beautiful looking..

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Geo Arist
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Fredy Bardales
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Dimitry Underhill
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I have a question, is there any poison ivy there?

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David Hasler
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Calf burner. There is still some exposed terrain on the west side due to fires a while back. Some small grass is growing back and leaves are sprouting on most of the scrub. But if it rains I am sure it would wash out in it's current condition. Great views of the valley and scenic canyons. Oh, and the small tar pits are pretty cool.

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Steve Nugent
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Geo Arist
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discovered new unmapped peaks I want to explore soon. marked with American flags

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Christian Citlali
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pretty windy, but a really nice hike! challenging steep uphill in certain parts, definitely a nice workout.

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Carlos Ortiz
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Windy today! Appreciate the cool weather though!

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Cindysue Compton
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This is a great hike! Nice incline beautiful views friendly hiker restrooms and plenty of parking. Highly recommend.

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Paula Oliver
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Mike Stephens
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Excellent

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Charitha E
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Marcus Baldwin
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This is normally a great trail! However... after the fire, it’s eroded quite a bit. There are areas that are scary and caving in. I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s a mud/land-slide here in the near future. Theres evidence of it happening, across the valley. The fire has made the area a bit unstable, in the fire area/tar area with the switchbacks. It’s scary to think of the next rainfall or earthquake and being in this area. This portion of the trail should probably be closed IMO. (2/15/2021)

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Katie Gibbs
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Nice challenging hike, good incline the whole way, a little narrow at times, but overall really pretty and rewarding. Not too crowded

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Julie Bolton
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Geo Arist
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happy valentines day hike.

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Charitha E
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Laura Veronica
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Mee Ko
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Beautiful view but I was struggling on the elevated parts was always catching my breath lol but I am a beginner and have only done mostly easy trail, basically just walking hahaha but it was a good exercise of my lungs! gee my heart beated so fast! we did it for 6miles since data signal went off so we did a diff trail in the beginning but still found our way to the actual trail. Beautiful view even if the way up was filled with burnt trees. Finished the trail in 2hrs.

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Robert B
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Always a nice hike. A big foggy, so no views, but good elevation gain on a well traveled trail. Mid-week, so practically empty. I always hike this loop counter-clockwise for the slow and steady gain on the front end.

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Geo Arist
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no one out here due to the superbowl.

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Louis Arciga
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Sara Szamosi
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Charitha E
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Karen Hallberg
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Geo Arist
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started to sprinkle towards the end of the hike. the top of Towsley is scorched from the recent fire and smells like ash and fire retardant.

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Nicholas Panarella
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Worthwhile hike. Probably the most mask wearing of any trail I've been on since COVID which was a nice surprise. This was more like 6.4 miles from which can affect your hike when it gets dark at 5pm. Tons of parking and good cell reception throughout if you need to check the route.

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Teresa Wekid
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Always a great trail! Bring good hiking shoes for some steep areas going up or down him. Beautiful sights!

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Mish Chambers
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started at 645am and it was super crowded by 9am. beautiful hike though.

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