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Franklin Trail is a historical trail in Carpinteria. It closed back in the 1970s because ranchers worried people could carry avocado root rot to their crops. Through much work among government agencies, the Santa Barbara Land Trust and volunteers, they are slowly reopening the trail. At this time, Phase I of three phases is complete.
Phase I is 2.5 miles long and provides a decent route for some exercise. It is not terribly strenuous but it does have some steep uphill to get your heart pumping.
The hike is about 5 miles round trip with an elevation gain of less than 800 ft. The top of the trail currently is just a little more than 850 ft.
Franklin Trail will eventually reach the summit of the Santa Ynez range and continue over the other side toward Jameson Reservoir on the Santa Ynez River. The portion of the trail that goes from the summit down toward Jameson Lake currently does exist. I have directions in the backcountry section under the name Alder Creek Trail.