Towsley Canyon Loop Trail

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Towsley Canyon Loop Trail is a 6.47 mile loop trail located near Newhall, California. The trail is primarily used for hiking & mountain biking and is accessible year round. This year (2012) there were many snakes on the trail during the summer months.

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Angela Zebekis (270)

10 Completed12 Reviews

This is a regular midweek hike for me that I've been doing 3-5 times a week since May 2014 and never get bored. Well maybe a starting to get a little bored of doing the same hike after 6 months which Is surprising because I'm one of those that never wants to do the same trail twice. That is now only true for all other weekend trail hikes even to some way more beautiful. The scenery is nice and even though some trails I used to call killer that are now easy for me, going clockwise there are a couple really steep parts of this hike I still find very challenging. Towsley is one of my favorite hikes I like hiking alone with my dog. You can extend it by hiking the short 1.9 mile hike which is very short but a good short workout in itself due to the incline.

Deanne Barsi (171)

5 Completed1 Reviews

Challenging hike. Fairly steep.

Dustin Rodriguez (92)

1 Completed1 Reviews

This trial is challenging, but fun. Most people enter the trial head from the front. The front end of the trial is a steep uphill, but then it levels out into downhill switchback. There are areas to sit in the shade and the area is peaceful.

I typically take the back way because it's a longer uphill run.

Overall, I like this trial. I took my kids on the trial and they struggled, but they had fun.

Gordon Schaffner (1385)

17 Completed14 Reviews

I freely admit that I am middle aged and overweight, so I take my breaks when needed on these steep inclines. I went clockwise on this trail to avoid a steep descent and to save the Narrows for the end of the hike......boy did I pay for it. This hill is miserable, but the fun part is that EVERYONE going up it is just as miserable as you. You even die a little inside when you see people coming down and they are grinning ear to ear. When you get to a point that somewhat appears to be the top someone has added a sign that says "no one likes a quitter" Hey, what do you know....another half mile of incline! Once you reach the top you are greeted by a nice view and a welcome feeling of descend and now it's your turn to take a perverse delight in the suffering of your fellow hikers still heading up the hill. ****All that being said, nearly anyone can do this hike if they take their time and don't quit**** Counterclockwise would be easier next time, but I doubt I will do it any differently!

Angela Zebekis (270)

10 Completed12 Reviews

I hiked both the 5.1 mile loop and the shorter 1.1 hike. Liked both except I found the narrowness of the trail a concern for me. I wasn't worried about me but I had my dog with me and she kept wanting to chase the lizards. I was worried I'd slip and push her over the edge and she'd hang from me holding onto the leash or die if I dropped her. I know this sounds ridiculous like a worry wort but I love my dog, she's my kid and since I imagine the worse I prefer the wider trails. But if I hiked alone this would be one of my favorites. I always include her and since she is skittish and has bitten a couple people, until I become more of a pack leader and can take her off leash, I'll stick to the wider trails. One of the coolest things about this trails is the narrowness, constant uphill climb before you start your descent and the moderate length make it an overall great workout for the medium level hiker.

Nicholas Burtch (626)

14 Completed17 Reviews

Just did this hike on Saturday. We went clock wise which I think is harder IMO. You get great vistas of the SCV. Also it has 2 tar pits along the way which is pretty cool to see. Free parking makes it a fun hike when you have a couple hours to spare. Trail was in great shape and not much trash which is nice. It's not a hidden gem but it is nice & fun.

Chris Robles (772)

19 Completed11 Reviews

nice view of scv! kinda dry but nice shade.

Matt Hovland (3770)

47 Completed13 Reviews

Towsley Canyon has a lot going for it. Great views, free parking, challenging inclines, tar pits and a unique rock canyon. I usually hike counter clockwise around the loop. The trail starts off simply enough, walking you casually into the beautiful canyon. Then your nice easy walk quickly turns into an uphill battle. The incline is a great workout and very rewarding when you reach the top. A great view looking across I-5 and the Santa Clarita Valley awaits you there. Stop to catch your breath and take a picture or two. The trail then wraps around the backside of the canyon, taking you across tar pits and eventually down to a stream and rocky canyon. After another .5 miles or so you will find yourself back where you started in the parking lot. Towsley Canyon is a great loop that is a little on the difficult side, but well worth the workout. I recommend making it here during the week, the weekends can get a little crowded.

Diana Rubi (193)

3 Completed2 Reviews

I love this hike! Lots of shade and the paths are pretty clear and not easy to get lost. Did bump into a rattle snake by the end near the gordge but its one of my favorite hikes

Mike Chalmers (995)

22 Completed9 Reviews

We like to do this hike midweek after work. Start at about 5pm hit the 5.1 mile loop clockwise through the canopy, down the lower post peak switchbacks, pausing at the opposite trailhead. We then pick up the Canyon View trail just to the right of the gate for an extra dose of activity and it keeps us from finishing the hike on a road. Total trip works out to about 6+ miles. 2.5 hours. I didn't put down the date we did this hike, because we hit it year round.