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Lower Franklin Trail -


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Overview

Difficulty: Moderate • Mileage: 2.25
Elevation Gain: 600' ft. • Location: Front Country, Carpinteria
Features: Out & Back, Viewpoint, Sunset, Benches
User Type: Hiking, Equestrian Trail, Mountain Biking, Dog Walking, Trail Running


Highlights

Though this is a relatively short hike, and not terribly wild, San Antonio Creek is a wonderful place to take children. Tucker’s Grove is perfect for a picnic, and it has the best playground equipment for kids anywhere in Santa Barbara. The hike is level so you can take even the littlest tots on the trail. The riparian community found along it is an excellent place to teach kids about the local environment. 

Though not open for more than 30 years, thanks to the efforts of the Friends of the Franklin Trail, the lower part of the historic route to the crest is now accessible to the public. The trail takes you past Carpinteria High School and then climbs 600 feet to the top of a prominent knoll. Along with the ascent, the views get better and better. There is a beautiful wood carved bench at the top where you can enjoy the best viewing spot in the area.

The Basics

  • Length : .1 miles to high school along paved path; .75 miles along school, nursery and orchards to the start of the main trail; 2.0 miles to top of knoll; 2.25 to locked gate.
  • Gain : 650
  • Difficulty : Moderate
  • Path : Native soil tread.
  • Season : All year; may be muddy after any measurable amount of rain.
  • Restrictions : Multi-use; expect to see mountain bikes on the trail.
  • Canine : OK for dogs on leash.
  • Admin : Santa Barbara County Parks

Things to Look For

  • Points of Interest : Out & Back,Viewpoint,Sunset,Benches


Find Other Similar Trails

Difficulty: Moderate
Points of Interests: Out & BackViewpointSunsetBenches
User Types: HikersEquestriansMountain BikersDog WalkerTrail Runners
Locations: Front CountryCarpinteria

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Hike Details



  • Length : .1 miles to high school along paved path; .75 miles along school, nursery and orchards to the start of the main trail; 2.0 miles to top of knoll; 2.25 to locked gate.
  • Gain : 650
  • Difficulty : Moderate
  • Path : Native soil tread.
  • Season : All year; may be muddy after any measurable amount of rain.
  • Restrictions : Multi-use; expect to see mountain bikes on the trail.
  • Canine : OK for dogs on leash.
  • Admin : Santa Barbara County Parks

Access / Getting There

  1. From Santa Barbara drive soputhboundbound on Highway 101 to the Linden offramp in Carpinteria.
  2. Turn left on Linden and drive past the elementary school to Meadow View Lane.
  3. Turn left again on Meadow View and continue several hundred yards. The road dead ends at the start of the hike.
  4. Follow the bike and walking path towards the mountains, cross Hy 192 in front of the school and then bear left on the trail. You'll find a kiosk a short dispance along the trail where you can orient youself. 

Things to Know

Please respect the high school by not parking in their lot. There is plenty of parking on Meadow View Lane off Linden Avenue or near the upper end of Franklin Park on Sterling Avenue. 

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On The Trail

On The Bike

On The Run

On The Walk


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Last Updated: Monday, August 25, 2014