Franklin Ridge Trail is a 3.3 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: 3.3 miles Elevation Gain: 980 feet Route Type: Loop

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This trail is near the Nejedly Staging area on Carquinez Scenic Dr. next to 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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no shade
9 days ago

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no shade
21 days ago

We first followed the George Miller Trail to the Franklin Ridge Trail (opposite side from the Hulet Hornbeck side). Going up was intermittant inclines followed by smoother trail which gave me time to catch my breath in between. One steep incline (had to rest 3 times), but after that was manageable. I only hike a few times a year, so endurance is an issue for me. I considered this a Mod-Hard hike, round trip for both trails was about 6 miles and took a little over 3 hours to complete. Nice Views.

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1 month ago

I would rate this trail as hard just based on the uphills but that aside it was beautiful with amazing views!

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7 months ago

Do this hike almost every day!! Love it! I start at a different spot though. Very steep climb to get to top. Awesome views throughout. Wildlife is plentiful- everything from deer to coyotes to birds to turkeys to skunks to possums. Great place to walk your dog as well. Just be sure to keep them on leash because of the wildlife.

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private property
7 months ago

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7 months ago

Awesome views from the top, but getting there is no joke...very steep climb. It’s just under 1000 feet elevation which pretty much occurs at the onset, roughly .7 mile up and back down again. The slog to the top is worth it, as you will be rewarded with spectacular views of Carquinez strait, Benicia, Martinez and beyond. Lots of poison oak on the trail. Be careful.

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off trail
8 months ago

Great if you want a shorter hike. A couple steep hills but still a moderate trail overall. Pretty views at the top and some shade in parts.

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9 months ago

Nice trail, very steep in parts. Once on ridge it is very open, not much shade. App glitched and we got a little confused, figured it out. Watch poison oak in shaded areas.

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10 months ago

Great views and shade at the start and end, bring a hat and sunblock for the middle part of the hike. Always take water! First part is steep, then you get a nice flat, mildly down hill hike, then a moderate incline, and finally moderately steep downhill return to the car park. There are some flies that pester you towards the end of the hike, but it’s nature people! Little to no poison oak! My favorite local hike! In the summer, this is a morning hike only, unless you like to hike hot!

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bugs
no shade
over grown
11 months ago

We went on a SUPER HOT day and were ill prepared. Needless to say it was brutal. It had very beautiful views but there is no shade. It would be perfect for a spring or fall hike.

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bugs
Wed May 01 2019

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over grown
washed out
Tue Apr 30 2019

great views but overgrown. access trails are pretty washed out. the dog loved it.

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Sun Oct 07 2018

I loved this trail. I would definitely use it as a training trail for running. It’s out of the way of traffic so it’s easily to get to. The hike up is very moderate you do get a good heart rate going and then down hills are a little sketch but do able. Can’t wait to see what it looks like when it starts to rain.

Thu Sep 27 2018

great hike...steep start than as you turn to come back...BIG hill

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Wed Sep 26 2018

Love this hike! Have done this hike almost every day for the last 8 years. I start and end in a slightly different spot. During the winter months, it can get very muddy and hard to hike but it is still an amazing hike. Great cardio workout.

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Sun Sep 16 2018

Greats views of the straight. A couple up:down hill sections but worth the effort. First part is steep but not too long.

Thu Jul 26 2018

Very nice short hike with some beautiful views at the top. Pretty steep climb at the beginning but then pretty easy. If you’re going in the summertime recommend going early because there’s not a whole lot of shade.

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Mon May 07 2018

Good trail and not over crowded with tons of people. Someone mentioned below about the tick warning and that wasn't a joke. We purposely wore knee high white socks and pulled almost a dozen off and we didn't stray off trail, they're just that narrow and overgrown right now. We checked ourselves before getting in the car but backpacks must have even had them cause we found 2 in the car after. Gorgeous weather and tons of greenery right now, but not sure I'd go again this time of year

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Sat Apr 28 2018

Franklin Ridge Loop is one of my favorite little loops. I suggest an alternate route, which skips the steep climb from the parking lot. Instead keep driving out on Carquinez Scenic Drive (west) instead of taking the left turn into the parking lot. The road stops at a gate, but just before that on the hairpin turn noted on this map is the actual trail head for Franklin Ridge Loop. If you take this route and walk in a counter clockwise direction, the climb is gradual. As you hike always stay on the fire road and take intersection turns to the left until you have come back to the last turn at the bottom of your loop and then take a right back to your car, (as seen on this trail map) (street parking is limited, but usually not full)

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Sat Apr 21 2018

Beware of ticks- I’ve hiked this trail a lot and enjoy it. However I don’t recommend hiking during this time (April) with shorts or bringing any pets because of ticks. The trails are overgrown right now and you can’t avoid getting ticks. I found over 10 ticks on me during the hike.

Mon Apr 16 2018

Good hike, nice views and close to home. Very steep in some areas but overall good.

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Sat Apr 07 2018

Hiked this trail today. The views are gorgeous! I can't wait to go again and take some of the other trails. There are some steep areas, but the scenery is well worth it

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Sun Mar 25 2018

Great views, peaceful, and quiet. Well placed benches for a rest with a view. Muddy/slippery on the Hulet Hornbeck portion of the trail. I am glad I scaled that portion at the beginning going up and did not have to navigate it as a mudslide coming down. Fantastic hike!

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Sat Dec 30 2017

Quite. Minimal biking.

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Sat Jul 22 2017

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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Sat Jun 10 2017

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

Mon Apr 24 2017

Large hills... nice views It was unfortunate though, 2 out of 3 of our dogs had ticks all over them. Won't go again.

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