Photo Contest Takes Aim on Gaviota’s Scenic Beauty

The Santa Barbara County Trails Council (Trails Council), a non-profit advocacy group that supports trail use for all types of outdoor recreation, announced the launch of the Gaviota Coast Photo Contest. The goal of the competition is capturing significant moments that evoke the feel and mood of the Gaviota Coast in Santa Barbara County. This area is one of the largest remaining stretches of...
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Island View Trail Race Takes Off Running

In the early morning hours of September 11th over 100 runners made their final preparations for the Island View Trail Race. Both the 4-mile and 10-mile race began at 7:30am from the parking lot at Carpinteria High School. After the shotgun start the runners gradually spread apart as they sped past the narrow gateway to the Franklin Trail. We did not have to wait long for Carpinteria's Victor...
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Phase III Franklin Trail Collaboration

Planning for Phase III began when the Santa Barbara County Trails Council (Trails Council) was asked by community organizations to manage the project because of the Trails Council's experience working with the U.S Forest Service on a similar project in the Los Padres National Forest above the Baron Ranch. In March of 2015 we organized a kick-off meeting with project stakeholders and made...
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1973: Proposed Coastal Trail System

In 1973 a report was published and distributed by Trails Council in partnership with over 25 organizations and agencies. The report set goals that over 40 years later we are still working diligently to achieve. The good news is two-fold.  The interest in and popularity of Mission to Mission hiking in Santa Barbara County has increased dramatically in recent years. We are also just a few years...
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Sierra Club Donates $10,000

A special shout out to all who attended last Wednesday’s Trails & Ales event in honor of the Santa Barbara Sierra Club Group’s donation to the Franklin Trail Fund. An extra big thank you to Sierra Club for the donation. The Trail Project Adding on to the lower trail segments, Phase III of the Franklin Trail will reopen a previously inaccessible trail segment, consisting primarily of...
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