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Towsley Canyon

Intermediate/Difficult
 3.6 (31) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A short ride that combines a leg burning climb with fast fun downhill.


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5.1

Miles

8.2

KM

80%

Singletrack

2,444' 745 m

High

1,383' 421 m

Low

1,097' 334 m

Up

1,102' 336 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (5°)

23%

Max Grade (13°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Unknown

Overview

A great way to get in a tough workout and some fun downhill when you don't have a lot of time.

The biggest drawback is the number of hikers.

Need to Know

Unless you have legs of steel, ride this trail in the counter-clockwise direction.

Description

An awesome little piece of trail that can be ridden for multiple laps. The trail starts with an easy warm up as you head out on a gravel path for just over a mile. After the path, a short hike-a-bike section takes you through a creek bed and over some large rocks. On the other side of the creek the climb begins, and it's a leg burner. Averaging roughly 13% the climb covers just under a mile and a half as it works its way up to just over 2,400 feet (~840 feet gain). There is a killer section of switchbacks of the climb but no other technical features on the way up.

From the top there's a short jaunt across the summit before the heading down the other side. The upper section is mostly fun turns with flat(ish) sections connecting them. The middle section is two steep hills that bring you most of the way back down. The end is where the most fun is really. A fast, flowy section of wide singletrack with small jumps and berms to shred.

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Justin Terry

Trail Ratings

  3.6 from 31 votes

#1020

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  3.6 from 31 votes
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Feb 10, 2022
Ron Mccormick
4mi
Jan 27, 2022
Alex Gilroy
The descent is a bit rough on a hardtail. The trail is somewhat rutted and bumpy so you'll get your bones rattled on the fast last mile or so. Kill… 7mi — 1h 30m
Jun 5, 2021
Brandon Stodghill
Pretty steep uphill climb to start out. The downhill is full of plenty of bumps and can be a pretty rough ride. Good Ride. Lots of hikers though. 5.1mi — 2h 30m
Mar 5, 2021
Mike Magnum
Dec 12, 2020
Hakop Mushegyan
Horrible climb. Super steep, pretty much hiking up with the bike. Make sure you go the correct start. (Don't go counterclockwise) coming down is steep 5.1mi — 9h 30m
Nov 22, 2020
Elias Butterfield
May 30, 2020
Connor Lambert
1h 15m
Sep 8, 2019
phil