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Franklin Trail

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8.0 Miles 12.9 Kilometers


3,926' 1,197 m


-274' -84 m



Avg Grade (6°)


Max Grade (20°)

3,675' 1,120 m


24' 7 m


Shared By Jon Fulp


Bad / Closed 24 days ago
Mostly Dry, Some Mud: Construction on a washout just after the 3.4 mile mark. Trail was pretty rough past 5.5 miles. Muddy spots around 4mi. History

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A fun multi-use trail with a mixed profile and difficulty.

Jon Fulp

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This multi-use trail provides a nice escape into the hills with great views of the ocean. I rode this in July, and the trail was much cooler and pleasant compared to other trails in the state.

This trail really has a number of distinct sections that vary greatly in difficulty. From the parking area off of Meadow View Lane, it's a nearly flat pedal along the streets and past the high school. Grab a bell from the dispenser because you'll encounter more hikers than bikers.

About a mile ahead, the trail goes through its first transformation. You may be tempted to keep going up the road on the right, but that is private property, so start working up the steep technical climb with lots of switchbacks. Many riders will find themselves doing a share of hike-a-biking to reach the ridge above.

Once you get there, take a moment to soak in the views and enjoy a rest on Frank's Bench. The next 3.5-miles follow a steady, but manageable fire road section that passes another bench and throws in some punchy spurts. Eventually, the grade will come back with a vengeance as the trail climbs steeply along ridge lines. Things only get steeper and more exposed as you go. If you keep persevering, you'll make it to the top only after battling though a series of tight switchbacks.

Where it intersects the Divide Peak OHV Trail, you'll get awesome views of the ocean and hills below! When you're set, get ready for quite the descent. Just make sure to keep things in check, and be alert for other trail users. All those switchbacks you worked through will give you plenty of opportunity to practice your balance and turns too.


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Dec 22, 2018
James M
Oct 15, 2018
Matt Hawk
Sep 30, 2018
Christiam Bedrinana
Nice view of the ocean 5.1mi
Sep 16, 2018
KC Downhill
Dusty 3mi
Aug 7, 2018
Mar 31, 2018
Steve Sereboff
Trail was open and in good condition
Nov 26, 2017
Sharin Nitsruk

Trail Ratings

  2.6 from 5 votes


in Carpinteria


  2.6 from 5 votes
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James M
Santa Barbara, Ca
James M   Santa Barbara, Ca
While it's a multi-use trail, it's a much better hiking trail than mountain biking trail. The switchbacks are tight, and there's not much flow to the trail. It's an easy trail technical-wise as there are few obstacles, but the grade is quite steep, with lots of rolling hills. I'm not sure if it was closed just beyond the 3.3 mile mark - there were some signs indicating a closure finishing 12/21/18, but there was still construction equipment repairing a washout. Easy enough to bike around though. Around 5.5 miles, the trail got really rough and overgrown, so I turned around there. Dec 22, 2018

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