ElevationAscent: 283' 86 m
Descent: -318' -97 m
High: 1,564' 477 m
Low: 1,332' 406 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (4°)
Max Grade: 24% (14°)
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“A well-marked and well-maintained high-desert trail perfect for solitude and a moderate workout.”— Chinmay Patel
The Taylor Trail connects two parking lots of Rivendale Ranch, one in Ed Davis Park and the other slightly unknown parking lot at Taylor Trail Wilderness and Open Space. The more popular parking lot is the one in Ed Davis Park at Towsley Canyon, where the trail starts at the northwest side of the parking lot.
The trail gently winds through the high desert hills and valleys and at every major intersection or turn it is well marked. There are sections of trail where you'll encounter the patches where a wildfire last year burnt shrubs and trees. At around 1.7 to 1.8 miles, it reaches the other parking lot. Here, the visitors have the option to turn around and trace the same path back; or possibly for a shorter loop, head out on the Old Road and follow it back to the starting point in the Ed Davis Park parking lot.
Most parts of the year, the trail offers desert landscape of dry grass and shrubs. However, in spring the trail is green and blooming with tons of wildflowers. All year round, one can hear and see variety of local birds, lizards and on rare occasions snakes and family of deers.
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Land Manager: Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy