The First Phase of the Franklin Trail is OPEN

View from the one mile mark on Franklin Trail

Come and join all the people who are now enjoying the first 2 ¼ miles of the newly re-opened historic Franklin trail.  Experience the majestic views of the valley, salt marsh, ocean and Channel Islands as you climb into the mountains behind Carpinteria along the completed first phase of the trail.Although this first phase took 3 years for us to complete, through the combined efforts of the Friends of Franklin Trail, Santa Barbara County, City of Carpinteria,  Carpinteria Unified School District,  Santa Barbara Trails Council, the Land Trust for Santa Barbara County and hundreds of people from the community, it is now open.The 3 ½ mile second phase, that will take the trail up the mountain to the Los Padres National Forest, we hope to open with far less effort or expense within one more year.The Santa Barbara County Trails Council will take the lead on the third and final phase, comprising the last 3 ½ mile section on the actual tread of the old historic trail to the top of the mountains in the Los Padres National Forest.  As you might imagine, this section of the trail has become very overgrown and badly eroded over the past 100 years.  The Trails Council is raising the funds needed for surveying, permitting and reconstruction of this third phase.  Please see their website for articles and donor information at

Don’t miss this informative video by Larry Nimmer documenting the Franklin Trail Project:

You Can Still Contribute…

Friends of the Franklin Trail continues to accept tax deductible contributions which will support future trail build costs for Phase 2 and ongoing maintenance.
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