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Santa Barbara Hikes

Alder Creek Trail (Franklin Trail) Directions

Alder Creek Trail

From the Mission, corner of Laguna and Los Olivos Street in Santa Barbara...

Take Los Olivos toward the mountains. The road makes a jag to the left and right again and becomes Mission Canyon Rd.

Turn right on Foothill Rd.

At the fire station at the 3-way intersection, continue straight ahead.

Follow this windy road to Mountain Drive. Turn left.

Follow windy Mountain Drive to Sheffield Reservoir and turn left.

Continue a short way (2 tenths of a mile or so) and turn right on Gibraltar Rd. There's a fork in the road right away. Make sure to stay to the left as you make this turn.

Gibraltar meets a 4-way intersection with El Cielito Rd. Continue straight through the intersection.

Gibraltar Rd. winds into the mountains and meets Camino Cielo Rd. at its summit.

At the junction with Camino Cielo Rd., look carefully. There is a large brown sign to the right. Turn right at the sign.

Follow E. Camino Cielo Rd. for about 6 miles. The road become dirt at the Romero Saddle. There is a water tank here, the second one you will have seen.

Continue down the now dirt road. The road is dusty and tiring.

Along the way, there is a wide spot with a gate. You don't want to go right. You want to take the left fork. There are a bunch of signs prohibiting OHVs. They don't seem to pay attention, much to my annoyance. You'll see people drinking beer while they drive this road, too, which really irritates me.

Drive along, down down dow, until the first creek crossing (a crossing with water in it, not a bridge). You will see a locked gate. This is Juncal Campground. There are endangered red legged frogs here so they closed access. You can't camp and you can't park your car near the campground. You have to pass the campground about a quarter mile and park in a spur. You'll see it.

You will need an Adventure Pass to park your car.