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Towsley Canyon

Average Rating:    (4 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 26

Very steep, technical singletrack climb with at least a dozen tight switch backs. Dismounts for non-pros. Descent also tecnical. Can be ridden in reverse. Finishes at park adjacent to upper lot.
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Latitude
35.17380831799959
Longitude
-118.916015625
Trail Directions
I-5 north or south, exit Calgrove Ave. Go south approx. 1/4 mile. Park on right by gate. Go up road past upper lot. Stay right. Follow dirt road. Stay left at forks. Trailhead angles left at top of rise. If you go another 100 yds. you dead end. Turn left at large oak on descent (road) for additional climbing. Gate locked at dusk.
Trail Length
6 miles
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Santa Clarita
   


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Review Date
February 14, 2013

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: HillClimber823 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Rode this trail after a brutal rain. Riding up the switchback and walking up the switchbacks. The trail was really muddy and in pretty bad shape, could use some good shovel time.

After the switchbacks, I reached top. The downhill was pretty decent. Had to watch out for the hikers on the trail. Most of them were nice and they moved over for me.

Not a bad time, rode it twice just to get my fat butt in shape.

Recommended Route:
Park at the parking lot and head up the road. Go past the first trail turn off up to the ranger station and start pumping those pedals.



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Review Date
March 11, 2011

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Jon ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
so i just rode towsley yesterday and boy has that trail been through some carnage!!! it is in the best shape that i have ever seen it. ive been riding there for about 6 years now and i always ride through the back first, up the switchbacks and then back down the switchbacks. the front side as far as i remember was always next to impossible to ride down (unless your sam hill) and there was no way you would ever be able to climb it. but in the last 4 years with countless fires and rainy days, the front side has transformed into the sickest single track! on the last 3/4 mile grade it doesnt seem to be as steep as it used to. there are countless amounts of rock gardens now, the dirt has hardend nicley and even most of the turns have changed. there are even little jumps and drops here and there. to sum it up, if you have a good full suspension bike then hit this up a.s.a.p. i still have more fun at viper or tapia, but if you are looking to shove in a ride with a tight schedule then stop at towsley. make sure to also watch out for hikers and snakes. i dont know which one is deadlier but they both seem to be all over the damn place. i saw 2 rattle snakes yesterday and it was only 70 outside so watchout. the best time to ride is morning, during light rain, or a day after a heavy storm...dig in!!!

Recommended Route:
when you are finished parking, ride up until you see the trail head on your left. stay on the road until you get to the ranger station, keep going and then you will hit a gravel road. after about a 1/2 mile or so you will reach the creek. after the creek the switchbacks start. i dont know how many switchbacks there are but if your a good rider and can ride all the way through then it should take you about 30 min or more, otherwise just hike-a-bike. when you get to the top take a good break then keep going. the first 3/4-1mile of the descent is nuts.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Tapia canyon-Castaic
Viper/placerita



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Review Date
January 2, 2010

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Creektown ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
First of all it's like a downhill Slolom with all the hikers if you go on a nice weekend. May want to sneak in early rides during the week or wait until the weather's bad.

Pretty technical switchbacks, some pretty steep parts, and a few really rocky parts. Better have a triple (chain ring), and if you can afford it - full suspension.

Recommended Route:
If you start on the paved road to the creek crossing, then start the switchbacks you'll have a much more fun time than it's counterpart - reverse loop. It is a loop. Do the loop counter clockwise or you'll be climbing climbing climbing, then doing down pretty boring, steep switchbacks. Counter clockwise you'll hit the switchbacks first, then have all the fun in the world going down the more gradual wide single-track (multi-use trail).

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Short and Sweet with a hearty, short climb at the end - Rice Canyon.

Long, fairly steep, 3 miles up, 3 miles down - East Canyon.



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Review Date
October 15, 2008

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: liftmys10 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Im a novice rider, this trail is awesome! I cant wait to go back and ride it again. Watch out for ponds of oil! Yes OIL, i know they say we are short of oil but this trail tells you otherwsie. I had to walk my bike over the oil ponds as it really gets messy and all over the place. I also had to walk most of teh uphill portion. Its steep for me and im not in shape but i have seen a 60 year old man ride the whole thing up so its doable. First time i went and saw a bunch of quails and a small garden snake. Very cool scenery.



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Review Date
August 26, 2007

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: me109 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Trail seems to be in great shape. This has a killer climb for mile or so, I had to use my small ring. A couple of clip-outs on the tight switchbacks. The scenery of pretty much the whole loop is awesome. Technical rocky creekbed near the beginning, try to fly over these. The downhill is all fast and fun. you can really fly for the last two miles of this loop, but watch for hikers, there were a lot today.

Recommended Route:
CA 5 exit at calgrove. head south 1/4mile and park in the lot on the right. Ride paved road into park. it will turn into fire road and then into single track through "the narrows". This is where the technical stuff starts. Then the switchback climb and finally the peak. the follow the trail down and fast back to the parking lot.



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