Gregorio Perez

Gregorio Perez of Carpinteria rounds a bend in the trail’s upper reaches, with incredible vistas all around, during 2019’s Island View Trail Run.

 

Runners and hikers will trace the spectacular Franklin Trail for the fifth Annual Island View Trail Run hosted by Santa Barbara County Trails Council (Trails Council) on Saturday, Oct. 30. Three courses – a 4-mile, 10-mile and a 16-mile – head out and back over the area’s longest front-country trail, traversing stretches of trail that were inaccessible 10 years ago. New for this year is also a 20-mile event.

“I have been looking forward to this trail run since we skipped last year’s event due to the pandemic,” said Nancy Kaplan, event director. “Locals come out to support their favorite trail, and visitors travel hundreds of miles to collect the incredible views offered by this event. So, if it’s a competition you’re after, we’ve got it. If it’s a fun time for a good cause, we’ve got that, too!”  

This is the third year of the 16-mile run (5,400 feet elevation gain), which allows participants to climb through chaparral-lined switchbacks to breathtaking views while getting the whole Franklin Trail experience. Franklin is one of the area’s newest trails, and the Island View Trail Run has quickly grown into one of the premier running events in the area. 

After the Thomas Fire, the trail was rebuilt thanks to community support and hard-working trail crews. In addition, trail usage had seen a dramatic increase during the pandemic, when many residents turned to outdoors activities like hiking for exercise and leisure. 

Trail Run organizers expect over 100 participants to join in the four events, celebrating cherished trail opportunities in the region and the community of outdoor enthusiasts who ensure trails remain open for public recreation and enjoyment. 

Proceeds from the trail run benefit the Franklin Trail Fund, which Trails Council manages. Trails Council, Los Padres Forest Association and Montecito Trails Foundation are collaborating to restore the North Franklin Trail from damages sustained in the Thomas Fire. In 2022, the trail will connect to the backcountry over the crest of the Santa Ynez Mountains.

 

Trail Run information

The parking and starting line are at Carpinteria High School, located at 4810 Foothill Road. Participants in the 20- and 16-mile course begin at 8 a.m., the 10-mile begins at 8:30 a.m., and the 4-mile begins at 9 a.m. Entry fees are $70 (20 and 16 mile), $60 (10 mile) and $40 (4 mile). To register, visit islandviewtrail.run/registration. 

Volunteers and the business community are supporting the annual Island View Trail Run, including Mountain Air Sports, Santa Barbara Running Company, Patagonia, Rabbit Running Apparel, Hydro Flask and more. In addition, the Montecito Starbucks donates coffee each year. The trail run is held under a special use permit and in partnership with the Los Padres National Forest.

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