Trail: Towsley-Wiley Canyon

Length: Choice of 2 Trails/2 miles or 6 miles

Difficulty: Moderate

 Towsley

DESCRIPTION:

The short trail is a moderate trail, but easier than the longer trail due to less altitude gain and the fact that it is much shorter. You can enter this trail from three points. The first would be the first trail that appears on the left side of the access road after the no-pay parking lot. The second entrance is in the first pay parking area. The last way to enter the trail is to proceed up the paved road and onto the dirt road that leads to the ranger's residence. You will cross a bridge over the stream and you will see the trail entrance straight ahead. If you decide to take either of the first two trailhead options, look for a trail that goes up the hill to the right, or you will be on your way to the top of the ridge and on the longer trail. This trail is a nice 1 hour + hike and is great year-round. It does get a little hot and dusty in the summer with little shade to offer. However, in the winter is is green and the spring offers a wonderful array of wildflowers. The trails in this park are the best kept in Santa Clarita, if not the entire L.A. area due to a great team of volunteers.

The longer trail is a moderate, to possibly difficult trail due to the altitude gain of 1500 feet and the length of the trail. However, there is more shade to offer the hiker, so this is a great trail for year-round use. You can enter this trail from three points. The first would be the first trail that appears on the left side of the access road after the no-pay parking lot. The second entrance is in the first pay parking area. The last way to enter the trail is to proceed up the paved road past the chain gate (you will see the ranger's residence on the left). Continue up this road, which will become the trail. The views from the top are spectacular. You will see oil seeps, rugged mountains, beautiful plants, flowers, trees, and from the top ridge one of the best views of Santa Clarita from the SR 14 to Castaic. Take your time on this trail and use caution on some of the steep climbs. Stay on the trail, as always.

 

HOW TO GET TO THE TRAILHEAD: This is perhaps one of the easiest locations to find in the Santa Clarita Valley. From I-5, exit Calgrove Blvd. and proceed South on the Old Road. After the first signal, you will see the entrance to the park on your right side. You may park outside the park or in the first lot on your right for free. All other lots are $5.00 for the day. Annual permits are also available. Pay the iron Ranger to avoid a ticket.