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.
dogs on leash
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.
Nice family outing. Not too difficult of a hike with great scenery.
Beautiful day for a hike.
A little bit of everything. water crossing, switchbacks, oil pools, and wild flowers. Shade
off and on.
We did the 5.1 mile loop today. Weather was perfect with a cool breeze. Hills looked green and the trail looked like it was raked recently in the steeper areas and very easy to get around. We went all the way to the back and did the counter clockwise direction. After a series of switchbacks, we crossed a small tar field with a couple of ways to step across it without any problems, and later we smelled sulfur at one section on the way up too. Then after passing the bench and most of the decline back down, there was a small bubbling tar pit that was fun to see off the side of the trail. It was great to see and hear the creek running with water again after so many years of drought. Started at 9:30 and finished by noon, just in time for lunch. Couldn't have timed it better!
So much variety in terrain!!!! From forest
I love this trail. Gorgeous mountain views, quite a climb. I prefer to go straight back on the dirt road all the way to the closed road rope off where you can continue on the right (tends to be the backward way). This way, uphill is a bunch of switchbacks and a steeper decline.