Franklin Trail is a 15.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Carpinteria, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.
The south end is at Carpinteria High School and starts enclosed in fencing. This opens up to tight switchbacks that climb to utility roads. The utility roads are well signed as the route twists and rolls through the foothills. After 5.7 miles, trail leaves the road and climbs to the top. This section is still rough with many obstacles. After 8 miles, the Divide Peak OHV Route is reached. The trail continues directly across this but may be hard to see. Follow the overgrown flatter area west through reaching trees and it should become easier to follow as it goes. Alder Creek Camp is about 0.6 miles below and easily recognized. Blackberries toward the bottom can make travel there difficult as well as the initial navigation up the trail from that side.
I've hiked this trail a couple times and the sights are amazing. Definitely prefer hiking it in the spring because it is extremely lush and has TONS of wildflowers! It is more dry and dead in the fall.
This Trail is so much fun and beautiful, you hear the roosters if you go in the mornings, you see a lot of families with their dogs, the views are amazing, the scenery is unbelievable
This Trail is a lot of fun
If you take the trail to Jameson Lake and back it'll run you a solid 20 miles. Worth the hike to divide road, amazing views and a good feel of what the back country offers.
This trail is so much fun, challenging, family friendly and great scenery to take pictures
Hard but worth the challenge and accomplishment
Took this trail in April. Well maintained, wide enough mostly for two people to walk side by side. Only went as far as Frank's Bench. Loved the view from there. Would love to take again further into the mountains. Lots of flowers, some poison oak but very clearly off to the side. Lots of bugs, recommend light weight pants - my fiancé felt very annoyed by their buzzing all around constantly. We saw one bunny and a few lizards.