We Hiked the Franklin Trail
Last weekend we hiked the Franklin Trail in Carpinteria.
In some ways, the Franklin Trail is the worst trail. It takes 5.2 miles of mostly road walking just to get to the trail.
Once you get to the trail, it's closed.
The trail is completed, though. We hiked to the top. It's a relentless climb. Feels like a solid 37 degrees the whole entire way. If you're not feeling well, this will be a total slog. Probably the worst slog in all the front country. It never lets up. It killed me. I got a rash from the sun. I drank all my water. My calves exploded. I'm still sore.
A friend says he hikes this trail several times a week to keep in shape. It's a 16 mile round trip to the top and back, so you'd definitely be in good shape if you did this every week. There would probably be no other hike you could do that you wouldn't be prepared for if you hiked the Franklin Trail every week.
One good thing about the trail is that it will be a nice way to get into the backcountry. 8 miles to the top, then the Franklin Trail continues on the other side and in a couple more miles there's a nice campsite. Or you could walk along Camino Cielo to Divide Peak and take the Ocean View trail or the Monte Arrido Trail. From all these places you can get further into the backcountry of Santa Barbara or Ojai. I've heard you could probably even walk all the way to Canada.