The Franklin Trail is one of the many hiking paths that lead north from the town of Carpinteria up into the Santa Ynez Mountains. The trail is fairly steep but very well-maintained. I turned around after about 2.3 miles and just over 1,000 feet of elevation gain at a swing made from a tree branch. However, the Franklin Trail continues on to connect with a network of other trails that spread throughout the foothills and into the Los Padres National Forest.
From the Franklin Trail, you’ll get amazing views of Carpinteria, the Pacific Ocean and (on a clear day) the Channel Islands.
There is an ongoing fundraising project aimed to continue the construction and maintenance of the Franklin Trail. Learn more at franklintrail.org.
Directions: From Highway 101, take the Linden Avenue exit in Carpinteria north. Follow Linden Avenue for a few blocks until you see a junction for Highway 192. Go straight and follow the curve left. Park in the second parking lot for Carpinteria High School on your right. The trailhead is at the southwest corner of the parking lot.