Trail Descriptions & Status Reports
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Front Country Trails
Summerland, Carpinteria and Montecito
Front Country Trails have been heavily impacted by 2023 Storms.
Note closures and expect erosion, landslides and downed trees.
Franklin Trail: Franklin is a beautiful and well-traveled trail in Carpinteria. Recently, the third phase, which begins at 5.2mi, and has been restored by the Santa Barbara Trails Council, Los Padres Forest Association and Ray Ford. Franklin is one of the most popular front country trails, it begins at sea level and tops out at Divide Peak (OHV).
Romero Canyon Trail: Romero Canyon Trail is a singletrack trail that leads up Romero Canyon through a mostly riparian zone. This trail offers a shadier route than it's counterpart Romero Jeepway. After approximately 2 miles the trail meets the Romero Jeepway at a four-way intersection where users can choose to travel the Jeepway or continue on the singletrack just 1.7 miles to Camino Cielo.
Romero Canyon Jeepway: This 7-mile route that connects the trailhead to East Camino Cielo was restored after the Thomas Fire and 1/9 Debris Flow in May 2017. The Jeepway allows for a longer, more gradual climb to the top.
Buena Vista Trail: A favorite single-track trail that connects San Ysidro and Romero Canyons, Buena Vista Trail was restored in August 2017. The project was overseen by Montecito Trails Foundation, financed by Montecito Community Foundation and The Odell Family. The project saw work from Ray Ford, Los Padres Forest Association and volunteers. The Buena Vista trail is lovingly overseen by trail steward Paul Cronshaw.
Fearing Trail: Just east of Buena Vista Trailhead, on Bella Vista Drive you will find a little hidden trail that is well shaded and feels miles away.