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Wildflowers of the Franklin Trail
updated: Apr 19, 2014, 11:00 AM

By David Powdrell

It's been about four decades since the general public has taken a peek at the wildflowers of Carpinteria's Franklin Trail. Although we're still drought conditions, I'm happy to report that many of the wildflowers are in full bloom right now.

Blue Blossum Ceanothus

Bush Poppy

The original Franklin trail dates back to 1913 when the Forest Service built the trail from Carpinteria to the ridge of the Santa Ynez Mountains. In the 1970's, the trail was closed when ranchers got concerned about the transmission of avocado root rot coming from the boots of hikers and hooves of horses.

The first 2.25 miles of the trail were re-opened to the public on November 1, 2013.

Cactus buds

Climbing Penstemon

Hummingbird Sage

Wildflowers in bloom today include the hummingbird sage, blue blossom ceanothus, lemonade berry (yes, tastes like lemonade), purple sage, the ever-poisonous tree tobacco, chamise, California sage, bush poppy, bright red climbing penstemon and cactus buds. Wild blackberry vines are running; be on the lookout for fruit this summer.

I hope you get a chance to hike one of the many local trails in Santa Barbara County in the next few weeks. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised at the flora you see. But if not, the ocean views will knock your socks off.

How lucky are we?

Lemonade Berry

Purple Sage

Tree Tobacco


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