Franklin Trail Description
Join Santa Barbara County Trails Council on Franklin Trail for the 5th annual Island View Trail Run. Your past support of this race is greatly appreciated. We have started work on the North Franklin Trail, and trail crews will soon restore the north-facing route after burning in the Thomas Fire in 2017. We are glad to be hosting the trail run after taking a year off due to the pandemic.
The race begins at Carpinteria High School, winding around the school parking lot and adjacent orchards. Then the trail emerges onto a lovely uphill single track with magnificent ocean views. A steady climb and switchbacks will take you up Franklin Canyon with numerous vistas along the way. Miles two to five follow dirt roads alongside several ranches, well-developed coastal scrub, and mixed chaparral.
The 4-mile course is an out and back, turning at the end of the first section of the single-track trail just before the dirt road gate. The 10-mile route is also an out and back but continues on a dirt road towards the top of the hillside to the beginning of the Los Padres National Forest single-track trail.
The 16-mile course is also an out and back but climbs to the top of the Santa Ynez Mountains with an elevation gain of over 5400 feet. Sx of the 16 miles is on a single track in the Los Padres National Forest with spectacular views of the islands.
Note: We are now offering a 20-mile option with +/- 4,000ft of elevation gain (double of the 10-mile course) to avoid closure of the forest due to fire hazards possibly. This course has an uphill elevation that keeps giving, so be ready to climb to the top and take in all the views on your return trip.
10, 16, & 20-mile race requirement: Runners must have completed 10-mile trail runs in the last six months and be able to complete the distance by 2:00 p.m.
Information regarding advance packet pick-up is coming soon. If you are from out of town you may pick up race day.
Please bring a hydration bottle or pack for the event which you can refill at one of the aid stations.
We will inform you ahead of time on packet pick-up.
Packet Pick-Up will save you precious "Get Ready-No Stress Time" the morning of the race. No one likes to wait in line, right?
Aid Stations will be at 2 miles and 5 miles turn-around points.
Race Times are staggered.
Start Times are as follows: 20 miler....at 8:00 a.m. 16 miler...at 8:00 a.m., 10 miler....8:30 a.m. and 4 miler at 9:00 a.m.. All finishers receive a T-Shirt & finisher certificate. The racecourse closes at 12:00 p.m. for all runners. The 10 & 20-mile race is open to runners who have completed 10-mile runs in the last 6 months & know they can complete the distance in the time allocated. Course closes at 2:00 p.m.
A special thank you to…Mountain Air Sports, Santa Barbara Running Company, Patagonia, HydroFlask, Rabbit Running Apparel, and others for material support, donations of prize items, and giveaways for the race.
Coffee donated by Montecito Starbucks.
There are no refunds for this race. If you are physically incapacitated and unable to do the race or there is a major life crisis which occurs preventing you from attending race day the organization will review your situation and will consider a refund.
Please, we ask that you do not bring your trail dog. The single track sections of the trail will be best if only accommodating runners. Thank You
Late/ Morning of Registration
Registering the day of event can be stressful, so please try to register online. Sorry, but shirts will NOT be included for late registrations as we pre-order them. Occasionally we have extra but no promises and size is not guaranteed.
Local time: 8:15 PM