Canyon View Loop
ElevationAscent: 379' 116 m
Descent: -385' -117 m
High: 1,768' 539 m
Low: 1,383' 421 m
GradeAvg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 23% (13°)
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“A short run with decent grades and great views of the canyon.”— Chinmay Patel
The trail starts on the left side of the paved road about 0.2 of a mile after the entrance. The sign post identifies it as the Canyon View Loop with a 1.9 mile length. This beginning part of the trail is wide and kid friendly. The trail splits at around 0.4 miles, where you want to go to the right side of the fork (sharp right). Here at the fork, the trail post says "trail 1.1 mile".
Follow the trail up the hill, and you'll reach the ridge where you can see I-5 on one side and the Wiley Canyon and the Towsley Lodge on the other side. The trail now winds down the hill to the Towsley Lodge. When you reach the lodge, run over a little wooden bridge to the paved road and follow the road back to the starting point.
The trail is partially shaded, and most of the year it offers views of dry shrubs and grasses along the way. However, in the spring season, it turns green and blossoms with wildflowers of a variety of colors.
You may spot Ground Squirrel, Western Fence Lizard, California King Snake, Californial Quail, Brush Rabbit, Long-tailed Weasel, Coast Horned Lizard, Red-Tailed Hawk, Turkey Vultures, Mule Deers, etc.
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Land Manager: Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy