Franklin Ridge Trail

MODERATE 32 reviews

Franklin Ridge Trail is a 3.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Martinez, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1112 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

beach

views

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

This guide is from the Nejedly Staging area on Carquinez Scenic Dr. near the old cemeteries in Martinez. The staging area includes picnic tables, restroom and hitching rail. There is limited horse trailer parking in the upper parking lot. The trails in this guide were mostly fire roads and in good condition. The exceptions are the beginning of the Rankin Park trail. This is actually a narrow connector trail from in the park to a larger trail that begins outside the park. The Hornbeck trail is also a narrow trail. Start the ride by taking the Rankin Park connector trail through the gate on the left of the staging area. Once out of the narrow part in the trees you begin a long ascent where you will meet the California Riding and Hiking trail. Follow this for a short ways to the intersection with Franklin Ridge Loop trail. Follow Franklin Ridge around to the left and follow down hill along the back side of the ridge. At the bottom continue on around to the right along the creek. Do not take any side trails, they end in gates. You will begin a steep ascent up the front of the ridge. Take your time, it's worth the climb! From the top you get beautiful views of the Carquinez Straits, the Carquinez and Benica Bridges, and the sailboats and other vessels. Once on the top, there are small trails to benches overlooking the straits. Follow the Franklin Ridge Loop trail to the intersection with the Hulet Hornbeck trail on the left. Hulet Hornbeck trail is under the trees, narrow and fairly steep in places. It would be pretty muddy and slippery in wet conditions. A portion of it follows a creek and takes you back to the staging area. Bikes are not allowed on this trail.

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Most of the trail is on wide fire roads & out in the sun. The views are great but the hike to get to & from the ridge is STEEP. Plus, I found 4 ticks on my dogs once we got home.

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Great views of Carquinez Strait and Grizzly Bay, decent mileage, and parts of the trail are actually moderate-hard, not just moderate.

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