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Carpinteria, California Map

My son and hiked to mile 4 marker on Thursday August 16 and it was hot! We started late, 10:30am, but even if we had started when we planned too, we still would have needed more water to get to the top. We brought about 8 liters between us and ran out coming down. Great hike with lots of up and wildflowers and budding oaks in burn areas. Lots of truck traffic on fire road including a watering dust suppressant truck that passed us coming and going. All trucks were courteous, slowing down or stopping for us but at least half a dozen passed us. Really looking forward to hiking the top soon.

trail running
16 days ago

I was visiting from AZ and was looking for a 10-12 mile out n back trail run with a good elevation and this trail was absolutely perfect. The first 2-3 miles on single track were pretty much all climbing, then it joined a Jeep trail/service road and it was rolling hills and some more great climbs. I stopped at the end of the road at 5.5 miles out and turned around. I ran at sunrise and the views were absolutely incredible with mtn views to one side and ocean views ocean in the distance on the other. The great thing about the trail is that I can be done by any skill level and at any pace. I def plan to come back next time I’m in the Ventura area.

Short trail through an interesting marsh to the beach. I parked on Carpinteria ave. and picked up the trail on Sandyland Cove. There were big no trespassing signs but there were also lots of people/dogs heading that direction so it seems to be okay.

Crowded but worth it. Saw a good amount of wild life aside from the seals like a large gopher snake. Don't be that guy who walks on the beach close to the seals. It's very bad for the seals, those people are the worst.

Nice hike. Water was mostly stagnant but a little trickling here and there. Weather was warm with a little breeze. Did this hike with my wife and two boys 9 and 11. A few sketchy spots towards the beginning of the trail but overall in good shape. Will plan on camping next time.

Nice hike up and around the hill to get to the campsite along the creek below. Beautiful views of mountains and valley.

2 months ago

We reached the Munch Canyon trail via the Davy Brown campsite, which added ~1 mile on each way. The trail starts out beautifully and the views were amazing. However, when you get around 3 miles into the hike, the trail becomes really overgrown and is overgrown throughout the next ~3.5 miles. At times, I was skeptical that we were even on the trail because it had become so narrow and overgrown. At about 5 miles, we came across what looked like a rusted tractor and bed frames. We ended up taking a wrong turn and didn't realize it until we had gone about 0.3 miles out of the way. Definitely check a map when you get to this site because the Munch Canyon trail isn't marked. We haven't hiked extensively in Los Padres, so this might be common to those who have, but there was fresh mountain lion scat on parts of the trail, so be cautious around here. I also discovered a tick that had burrowed its head into my shoulder about an hour after we got off trail, so be sure to do a tick check after you hike around here. Overall, the views were amazing, but the trail conditions were less than amazing, and we both agreed that we probably wouldn't be back to this particular trail but we definitely will be back to Los Padres!

2 months ago

Trail is SPILLING over with wildflowers! Also even though the Thomas Fire came through this area there is so much new growth in the understory - it’s beautiful! Nice bench to eat a snack at at 2 miles, and another one at 3. You will not be disappointed, don’t skip this one!

Good trail for a weekend backpacking trip.

4 months ago

Easy beach walk,look out there is gooey oil being Carpinteria it's part of experience.It is a beautiful part of California Coast.

on Franklin Trail

4 months ago

Love this trail

6 months ago

This is not an easy trail. Elevation gain of 3,700 ft in 7.9 miles if you take the whole trail to Divide Peak. Starts at the height school and after single track switchbacks up the hill the trail opens to the fire road. Sadly, this area was heavily damaged by the 2017 Thomas Fire, but still worth the trip for a good workout. Horses, dogs and mountain bikes are allowed on this trail.

9 months ago

I did last Sunday November 12 with my friend.
we started early like 6 am.
finished 1:30pm.
this course is wonderful and little challange to us but we did safely.
we didn't see the many people coming up when we are coming down.
that was little weird because this trail is so good to climb for good excise and has a good view of ocean.
we promise to come back again soon
if someone wants a good excise try this one. and good luck!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Can be super views, especially out to the Channel Islands in the evening light. Strava on my Android says it is 17 miles (round trip) between the high school and Divide Peak Road. Bring water on a hot day!

Sunday, March 05, 2017

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.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

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

Sunday, February 12, 2017

This Trail is a lot of fun

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

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.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

This trail is so much fun, challenging, family friendly and great scenery to take pictures

Saturday, November 12, 2016

A nice trail. Heavy traffic. Joggers, walkers, bikers, dogs on and off leashes. Some of the tar is still fresh. Avoid stepping in it or you may have a gooey mess on the bottom of your shoes. Also, at one point the trail crosses the RR tracks. Always listen for train whistles. Great views of the ocean. Some sections of the beach are closed due to harbor seal sancuaries.

Friday, July 01, 2016

Hard but worth the challenge and accomplishment

Friday, May 06, 2016

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.

Monday, December 07, 2015

Beautiful views

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Got to experience this beautiful beach and hiking trail while staying in Santa Barbara for some training in 2012.

It was my first time in CA, and I would love nothing more than to go back. I only had time to hike a portion of the full trail.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

we loved it. starts by the high school now. all newly done. very nice

Plenty of sea sells :)

Nice short nature trail for a walk or run in the Carpinteria city limits. Can be combined with beach day. It's better to enter on Ash St. There is plenty of parking near the beach.

Person above is crazy as they will never enforce that as I have walked on/around that area for 30 years without issue... also that is not really the start of the trail head ;-) start of salt marsh is on Ash Street near downtown/beach.

Didn't get a chance to get on this trail because the trailhead as its marked here is on private property. The road to get to it (sandycove) has big signs out front saying that it's all private property and trespassers will be prosecuted etc. So if you go to do this just beware of that if that matters to you.

on Franklin Trail

1 day ago

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