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No shade. Starting counterclockwise a nice trail thru canyon then fireroad to top. This app routed me thru residential landscape area near the end.

Went at 9am on a Sunday, end of July. The trail doesn’t offer any shade, and it was already in the 90’s when I started. A couple of steeper inclines but beautiful views. It took me a 2+ hours but I’m still in the beginner category. The extended loop wasn’t busy at all, only ran into a handful of people at the beginning, but most of the trail I was by myself. Definitely recommend, just bring plenty of water, sunscreen, and maybe a hat or umbrella. The info center has maps, really clean bathrooms, and a small gift shop.

Confusing at first as there are a lot of trails but met someone who told us when you get to the fork go right then make a quick left. Once you get to the top there is a heart shaped pile of rocks. You can see I5 down below. I am sure you can continue but the fires in 2015 have closed a lot of the trails further down towards the I5.

I did this hike on June 24, 2018, a Sunday. Our group started out early at six am as we were expecting sun and heat which never came. The whole hike was met with overcast skies which did not start to break until we were back at the trailhead. The whole loop start to finish was a few seconds under three hours. That was with a group of nine other hikers who hike this area regularly, so there was no chance of getting lost on the trail. We started the trailhead at Remsen street, off the Sierra Highway. Plenty of parking was available, and when we left we were still the only ones that parked there, except for a pick up truck.

Though the trail is close to the city of Santa Clarita, we saw very little trail traffic compared to other hikes. All total we saw five hikers in two groups, and one mountain biker. For most of the journey we were alone on the trail, which made for a pleasant experience. The trail itself is a mixture of paved roads, moderately deep sand ruts, dirt utility roads, rocky footpaths and wide and narrow footpaths. There are several areas where you would have to cross a stream, but the streambeds were dry. I was told in winter they are there, and can be quite large, and somewhat of a chore to cross. There are several switchbacks in the loop, and the loop as a whole has a lot of ups and downs. Our elevation climb was 1,614 feet.

Leaving the trailhead, you walk alongside the 14 freeway on the west side which takes you to an to an underpass which brings you to the east side of the freeway and the loop. We turned left and headed north. The first 2 miles of the loop keeps you keeps you close to the 14 freeway and in full earshot of the traffic sound. In this first third of the loop you hike through what appears to be remnants of oil wells long since capped and abandoned. Some of the rusting machinery is still there. There are a few ups and downs through this part of the hike. At 2.1 miles you start to leave site of the freeway and head further into the bush. This is a well maintained access road, called Santa Clarita Divide Road (according to the map). This is more than likely part of the utility service road network for the many power lines you will encounter during your hike. At several points you cross under the lines and can hear the loud hum of the electricity flowing through them.

At 2.6 Miles we came to a fork in the road with a powerline tower. We took the right fork continuing the loop, which took us into some very beautiful views of the mountains and through canyons. This was the best part of the hike by far as we were in more of a backcountry area than the first part of the hike. At about 4.7 miles we peaked out on Elsmere Canyon Road and then started a descent back to the trailhead. At about 5.0 miles the road is paved again and opens to a view of the I-5/14 freeway junction letting you know the loop is coming close to an end. As you descend, the road takes you alongside the east side of the 14, down back to the underpass and the beginning of the loop. From there we went back under the freeway and back to the trailhead.

Flora and fauna: The area contains a lot of oak trees and other types of trees. The trail is mostly open, so there is little shade. It would be best to tackle this hike early in the day, as the sun is still behind the mountains for a little while. Also present were wildflowers of various colors and many types of scrub bushes. Poison Oak was very minimal. I only saw one plant, well off the trail. As for wildlife, we saw two or three stink beetles on the trail, a red bug I could not identify and lots of ants. The ants were not a problem though. They were too busy working! Also present was coyote scat on the trail indicating their presence, but none were seen.

Pros: Good workout hike with flat breaks between climbs, lots of scenery and views, oak trees, plenty of (free) parking, low amount of trail traffic, trail was very easy to follow.

Cons: Freeway sound and the power lines.

My rating: I gave three stars rather than four due to the freeway and the powerlines. Other than that it was an enjoyable hike all around and I would definitely do it again. If you are looking for a quick hike with a fair amount of cardio workouts between flat and downhill trails, this is your hike.

Short hike off of fire road to see some cool rocks

hiking
2 months ago

What's called the Taylor Loop is now complete meaning it is no longer necessary to walk along the Old Road to connect from Towsley Canyon lots to the little Taylor Loop lot on the Old Road. Starting at the little lot go as you would normally go counter clockwise back over to the Elder Trail and back toward the Towsley lots. Where you would come down back toward the big lot go left at a little fork. This new trail will take you parallel to the old road and back to the little lot. It's not yet well worn so you might have tromp through a little bit of brush.

Loved it! Challenging but amazing views

If you can go in the spring, it’s awesome to see the rock formations and great views covered in green grass and flowers.

hiking
3 months ago

Central Park is a great location if you are getting started on your fitness routine. There are a wide variety of trails, from flat, paved paths, to steep use trails that climb the hill. With so many options, you can customize the length and difficulty of your hike. And since Central Park is relatively small, it's virtually impossible to get lost!

hiking
3 months ago

Great climb of a prominent peak. It's a steep climb up the firebreak, or you can take a gentler route west from the parking area to the saddle, and then to Jupiter and Juno. Either way, you'll be rewarded with great views all around.

Está muy bonito todo

hiking
3 months ago

I took the Elder then Taylor trail from the big parking lot at the Towsley site and it took me to the small new parking lot near across the street from the freeway's towering concrete refinery machine on the Old Rd. Had to go down Old Rd a little to get back on the trail through another gate. Lupine flowers barely starting to sprout. Just green grass on the trail. If you want a peaceful shorter hike than the big view loop without the crowd, this is it. I will come back in a few more weeks to see if the hills will be covered in flowers, like last year.

It was nice. Very green with flowers. There was a rattle snake though, so that made me nervous for the rest of the hike. But besides that, it was a nice hike.

hiking
4 months ago

Fantastic views of mountins and oak woodlands in what was once slated to be the world's largest landfill. The views are only marred by high voltage lines in the first half, but the second half of the loop, following the Creek Trail, feels miles away from Hwy 14, which is not far away but out of earshot.

My 6 year old son and I tried this trail with my 78 year old mother. Mom did well up until she saw the portions that ran along the mountainside and then she decided to turn around. This morning, my son and I tried again. This time we made the entire loop. My son was very enthusiastic about our having found a trail he could complete in its entirety. If it wasn't for her fear of heights, I bet mom could have done the whole trail, too.

Worked out nice for a family walk. Old paved service roads and lots of birds and wild flowers.

I got list several times as it became very confusing. More signs need to be put up. Had to keep going to my hiking app to find my way around. It’s a doozy

Wonderful short hike within towsley canyon with beautiful views, a good quick up and around and down. Perfect for a quick trail run

hiking
6 months ago

I see people on this trail all the time when I am at this park and it looked basic...which is why I chose it to do my first night hike. Well I should have paid attention when others say this is not really a loop. You hike one trail till you find what looks to be a steep old firebreak. Then follow a series of use trails till you make your way to another established trail for the return. It is steep and somewhat confusing, but manageable...unless you are in the dark. Verdict-I had a blast, but not everyone's cup of tea

Great trail to do with little kids.

hiking
6 months ago

Not a loop so much as two different hiking experiences. Walking the loop clockwise, the first part is a relatively easy uphill walk on fire roads to the water tank; after that, it becomes something of a scramble down some fairly steep grades. The first part is dog-friendly, the second part can be challenging without a well trained dog.

I did not expect much from this trail being in the middle of such a developed area, but after a series of switchbacks you pass thru a small cut and find yourself in a secluded little valley. Several trails, lots of options, and lots to see. This place is great to go find some solitude without having to travel very far.

trail running
6 months ago

Pluses: Loop Trail, Varying Terrain kept it interesting , Nice ups and downs for a good workout, solid distance, nice views

Minuses: 2+ Miles of it is paved, not comfortable to run on in trail running shoes. Lots of off shoot confusing spots, had to keep looking at app map to make sure I was still on the trail, highways noise in certain spots.

hiking
6 months ago

This trail is just all dry brush with no nice view or payoff. The elevation kicks in about a mile into the hike all at once so be prepared to go uphill around the halfway point.

Tons of dry brush and prickles ankle level so wear pants if you don't want your socks to be full of thorns.

trail running
7 months ago

The short loop is my go-to quick 30 minute (including stopping to take a photo here and there) get-my-heart-pumping trail run spot. In the spring its full of wildflowers! Its a perfect amount of up for cardio if you want it, but not so much that the kids get discouraged. Its a great trail to begin with for new hikers.

on Towsley Canyon to Oak Peak

8 months ago

Nice workout for your legs, lung, and heart. Great panoramic view at the end.

on Wildwood Canyon Trail

8 months ago

Nice empty trail with a consistent incline for a great cardio workout.

hiking
9 months ago

Pretty nice trail. If you hit a fire road, you are off-track. However, it is quiet and serene back there, so if you feel like it, you can go explore that way. Not much shade, and the path gets too hot for dog paws when it’s sunny. I have a feeling that it will be very pretty when the rains come.

hiking
11 months ago

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