The Second Phase of the Franklin Trail is OPEN

View from the one mile mark on Franklin Trail

We are happy to announce the second phase of Carpinteria’s historic Franklin Trail is open offering 5.2 miles of great hiking where you can experience the majestic views of the valley, salt marsh, ocean and Channel Islands (click here to see a map). The 3.5 mile second phase takes the trail up the mountains behind Carpinteria to the Los Padres National Forest at 1,703 feet. After completing the first phase within three years, we are pleased to have opened the second phase a year and a half later (view the latest coverage in the Coastal View).

The Franklin Trail project a combined effort of the Friends of Franklin Trail, Santa Barbara County, City of Carpinteria, Carpinteria Unified School District, Santa Barbara County Trails Council, the Land Trust for Santa Barbara County and hundreds of people from the community who donated time and money to make it happen. This multi-use trail for hikers, bikers and equestrians traverses private property to the Los Padres National Forest so all trail users must stay on the marked trails and no smoking, fires or camping is allowed.

The Santa Barbara County Trails Council will be leading the third and final phase of the project which comprises a 2.7 mile section on the actual tread of the historic trail that goes to the top of the mountains at 3,720 feet.  As one might imagine, this section of trail has become badly overgrown and eroded over the last 102 years.  The Trail Council is raising the funds needed for surveying, permitting and reconstruction of the third phase.  Please call Mark Wilkinson at 708-6173 for more information or for articles, video and donor information you may visit their website  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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