Towsley Canyon Loop Trail

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Towsley Canyon Loop Trail is a 6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Newhall, CA that features hot springs and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

6.0 miles 1430 feet Loop
dog friendly hiking mountain biking trail running forest hot springs views wild flowers wildlife muddy
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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.

Ara Y
11 days ago

2 Completed0 Reviews

Great trail. Missed the clockwise trail entrance right after passing the parking fee area. Ended up doing the 5.4-mile loop counter-clockwise, finishing the trail running down the long downhill. Technical trail if mountain biking.

Monty Benhaim
30 days ago

3 Completed0 Reviews

Hard trail, about 6 miles long (loop), but totally worth it. One of the best I have hiked.
Few tips;
Take the trail counter-clock wise. The climb is more moderate.
If you are not into a hard one, take the scenic trail, about 2 miles long.
Better to hike in the morning, When it gets hot, it is HOT. Bring plenty of fluids, hat, hiking sticks, binoculars, camera, dress comfortably, especially shoes. Get ready for about 3 hours of hiking. I have seen so many who quit because they were ill-prepared.
The trail is clear and well maintained. You cannot get lost, Stay on the main trail. Prepare for snakes crossing your path. There are about 5 Tar Pits, 2 of them right on the trail itself still oozing tar. Spend time at the top of the hill, the view is amazing in all directions.

Rainy Nunez Liang
1 month ago

2 Completed0 Reviews

Great parking and we'll maintained trail.

Matthew Kuratomi
1 month ago

1 Completed0 Reviews

Nice easy escape

Andy Villalobos
1 month ago

1 Completed0 Reviews

nice trail

Andy Villalobos
1 month ago

1 Completed0 Reviews

Justin Stoll
2 months ago

1 Completed0 Reviews

Love this hike! Challenging at times but great hike

Kristen Metzger
2 months ago

10 Completed2 Reviews

Nice, challenging but not-hard hike. Lovely views once you get out of the highway sight-line.

Hannah Zisman
3 months ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Great for hiking, beautiful overlooks and good for building stamina over time for heavy duty trails.

Colleen Kelly
3 months ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Great hike for a beginner like me! Did it with a lab & golden retriever too. My workout was best without the doggies cuz I could focus on my pace instead of them! Beautiful views!

Chaz Clifford
4 months ago

11 Completed3 Reviews

This is a great hike and has some steep inclines to challenge the cardio. There is also a shorter, 2 mile loop but still has a good incline. Both hikes are well marked and easy to follow.

Rain Bernal
4 months ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Very nice scenery, not too intense of a hike, and it loops around, which is nice.

Amy Ramirez
4 months ago

2 Completed2 Reviews

Windy and nice!

CaliGrown Jen
5 months ago

3 Completed1 Reviews

Mario Rivas
6 months ago

13 Completed8 Reviews

Nice. I'd do it again!

Sarah Scherff
7 months ago

8 Completed2 Reviews

It was definitely really hot yesterday and there isn't a whole lot of shade. When you go be sure to bring a hat, towel, and sunscreen for protection.

The longer trail is more gradual and has a handful of switchbacks. It took us forever to get through it but I want to go back and reduce our time there. The long loop too has better scenery.

Roemay Jacob
8 months ago

3 Completed1 Reviews

Nice

Carlos Chino
8 months ago

3 Completed1 Reviews

arrived at 7:45am on a Sunday the front parking lot was full you can park inside (free) which is closer to the trailhead. Did the trail clockwise which is supposed to be more challenging. about 1 miles in before you start to climb their is a single track that goes left away from the main trail. we saw two people come down this trail we decided to try it. The first part is an aggressive incline then about a mile you get to a point where you have to climb rocks at an incline. at this point we backtracked to the main trail. this added about 2 miles to the overall hike. this is a good hike.

Diane Moore
8 months ago

2 Completed2 Reviews

Really like this trail. Best in the spring. Nice workout.

Ang P.
10 months ago