After going in about 1/2 mile or so, I decided to head back and take a side trail that I had seen along the way as it lead to a hillside of California Poppies and Blue Lupins. I wanted to take some photos.
This side trail took me through tall green grasses and up the side of a mountain.
The trail kept getting thinner and I felt as though I would fall off the side of it, so I finally turned and headed back for the main trail where I decided to start back to the parking lot and drive home.
Highlights: Spectacular Geological formations, Rugged Mountain Views, Tar Pits, Plant Variety
Near: Newhall, CA
Distance: 5.1 miles round trip (if you do the entire loop)
Elevation Gain: 1671 ft (if you do the entire loop)
Hike Time: Approx. 3.5 hours for entire loop
Trail Condition: Well maintained trail
Hike Type: Loop
Trailhead: Take the Calgrove exit from the Golden State Freeway (Interstate 5). Turn west back under the freeway and take the Old Road south to Ed Davis Park at Towsley Canyon. Drive 0.6 miles west on the graded entrance road to reach the picnic area and nature center. Park your car in the dirt lot to the right and the proceed up the graded road towards the floodplain of Towsley Canyon