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Carpinteria Sunset Hike

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  • Franklin Trail Trailhead

    Meadow View Lane, Carpinteria, CA (map)

    34.406544 -119.516350

  • Walk to the end of Meadow View Lane

    Please join us for our next Carpinteria Sunset Hike.

    This is a conditioning-oriented meetup for people hiking at an intermediate level or above, and who enjoy time outdoors with fun and friendly people sharing similar interests and fitness goals.

    Our hike will be out and back on Carpinteria’s Franklin Trail, which offers ample room to stretch your legs, elevation gain for fitness improvement, and terrific views up and down.

    The hike’s distance and elevation change will depend on the group, but expect a roundtrip of about six miles, 1500 feet of gain/loss, and a total hiking time of about 2.5 hours. Since our route is out and back, and well-marked, you can turn back earlier if you become winded or are short on time.

    Please be sure to bring water, a snack, and an extra layer of clothing.

    Details of the hike are provided below…hope to see you there!

    Carpinteria Sunset Hike

    Hike Type: Conditioning

    Level: Intermediate

    Route Type: Out & back

    Distance: ~6 miles

    Elevation gain/loss: ~1500 feet

    Terrain: Footpath & fire road

    Leashed dogs: Yes

    Route summary:

    This hike will take us roughly six miles roundtrip through the foothills above Carpinteria on the athletic and scenic Franklin Trail. The route offers great views of the southern Santa Ynez range, from Santa Barbara to Rincon Peak, as well as the Pacific and offshore islands to the south and west.

    Our route begins on fairly flat footpath, as we make our way for about a mile through the agricultural northern end of Carpinteria. We then reach the front country foothills of the Santa Ynez range, where we begin our ascent above Carpinteria in earnest. As we proceed, the route changes from double track trail to wider fire road.

    The initial section of our hike is developed and partly shaded, but the route steadily gives way to open hillside and chaparral. Since we begin in a relatively sheltered area and reach exposed areas above the Pacific, weather conditions can range from hot and calm to cool and windy.

    We will continue to our turnaround point, stop to rest and enjoy the late afternoon views, and then return to our starting point by the same route.


    Please wear – hiking or athletic pants or shorts, one or more wicking shirts appropriate to the temperature, comfortable hiking or running shoes, your favorite undergarments and accessories, and a light pack to hold your gear.

    Please bring – at least one liter of water, a snack, an extra layer of clothing in case you become cold, a charged cell phone, identification, a headlamp, a waterproof shell if rain is forecast, and any medications or anything else you might need on the trail.


    Please park on Meadow View Lane, and walk to the end of the road.

    Carpooling and public transportation are encouraged, both to lower our carbon footprint and to reduce the number of parking spaces we use at the trailhead.

    Please do not leave anything of value in your vehicle, at this or any trailhead.


    By car, take the 101 or Carpinteria Avenue to Linden Avenue (via the Casitas Pass Road exit if you are traveling north on the 101). Go north (away from the ocean) on Linden for about a third of a mile and then turn left onto Meadow View Lane. The trailhead is at the end of the road.

    Alternatively, take Foothill Drive (Route 192) to Linden Avenue. Go south (toward the ocean) on Linden for about 300 feet and then turn right onto Meadow View Lane. The trailhead is at the end of the road.

    By public transportation, take the MTD #20 or #21X to Carpinteria and Elm, VCTC Coastal Express to Carpinteria and Maple or Mark, or Amtrak Pacific Surfliner to Carpinteria Station. Walk to Carpinteria and Linden, and then north on the west/left side of Linden for a half mile to Meadow View Lane. Turn left on Meadow View Lane. The trailhead is at the end of the road.



    The event host is a volunteer and is not responsible for the event group. Safety should be a priority for everyone in the group. If you become fatigued and unable to continue with the event, it is expected that you will advise the event host of this and return to our starting point on your own. If you are able to proceed, it is expected that you will help to promote the group’s safety, fitness, and enjoyment goals.

    Outdoor sports and other events we plan can be inherently dangerous and accidents may happen. By participating in this event, you are taking responsibility for your own safety and well-being. The Santa Barbara County Hikers Meetup Group and its organizers are not trained event leaders and we do not confirm the qualifications of any of its members to host or participate in events. All participants take full responsibility for their own actions. Your personal safety depends on your own judgment and experience.

    WAIVER OF LIABILITY: This group, including its organizers, assistant organizers, and event organizers, will not be held responsible for any injuries or accidents that may occur traveling to and from events, or for any injuries or accidents before, during, or after group events. If you sign up for and attend this event, you are acknowledging that you freely and voluntarily assume all risks of injuries and damages, and agree to participate in the event on these terms.

    No +1s or other unregistered attendees are permitted on this event. All attending must be group members and sign-up for the event via the site. All attending also must be 18 or older, or accompanied by their parent or legal guardian.


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  • Mark L.

    Given our current weather pattern and trail conditions, I'm watching the forecast. If we have significant additional rain immediately before the hike, or if rain is forecast to occur during the hike, I will cancel the meetup.

    January 9


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