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Towsley Road Out and Back

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 4.5 (4) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

An easy hike on a paved road and well-maintained trail with wildflowers and animals.


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3.2

Miles

5.1

KM

Out and Back

1,576' 481 m

High

1,366' 416 m

Low

210' 64 m

Up

210' 64 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (1°)

6%

Max Grade (3°)

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Features Birding · Wildlife

Family Friendly An easy hike with abundance of wildflower colors (in spring) and rabbits, lizards, occasional snakes and lots of chirping birds.

Ed Davis Park at Towsley Canyon is closed from sunset to sunrise.

Overview

This route makes for an easy out-and-back along the paved road and dirt trail with wonderful views of the canyon and plenty of wildflowers during the spring season. This family friendly path is wide and well maintained and is open from dawn to dusk.

Need to Know

Turn around when you reach The Narrows between two steep cliffs. This is where the trail criss-crosses a creek (flowing only during the rainy season).

Description

This route is very popular amongst the local hikers and morning/evening strollers; this is a great place to get away from the metropolis and get into the wilderness.

Whether you're hiking, mountain biking, or trail running, you'll find this part of the Ed Davis Park as a great place to start in your quest. Quarter of a mile in the trail, you'll come across Towsley Lodge with beautiful green lawn perfect for picnic or rest. There are well-maintained restrooms by the Towsley Lodge.

Most people turn around at The Narrows pass where the trail criss-crosses the creek—since the Don Mullally Trail starts climbing quickly. Also, if you have kids, in the rainy season, the creek does have ankle deep water which may make it undesirable to cross. However, if you do go past The Narrows, you'll be rewarded with views of soaring mountains.

Flora & Fauna

Along the way you’ll see California Poppy, Humboldt Lily, Chocolate Lily, Plummer’s Mariposa Lily, Sticky Monkey Flower, Yellow Mariposa Lily, Wild Peony, Wild Hyacinth, Grape Soda Lupine, Elegant Clarkia, Scarlet Bugler, Hairy-leaf Ceanothus, Purple Sae, California Wild Rose, Indian Paintbrush, Yerba Santa, Mulefat (female) and Mexican Elderberry.

You may spot Ground Squirrel, Western Fence Lizard, California King Snake, California Quail, Brush Rabbit, Long-tailed Weasel, Coast Horned Lizard, Red-Tailed Hawk, Turkey Vultures, Mule Deers, etc.

History & Background

Near the turnaround, you'll find the remnants of the oil industry (metal scrapes).

Contacts

Shared By:

Chinmay Patel

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Trailhead of Canyon View Loop trail.
Jul 29, 2018 near Santa C…, CA
Trailhead of Taylor Trail from Ed Davis Park/Rivendale Ranch parking lot (north west side of the parking lot)
Jul 26, 2018 near Santa C…, CA

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