The Franklin Trail is a historic route from Carpinteria to Jameson Lake in the Los Padres National Forest. However, the trail had been closed for decades, and there has been no access to Carpinteria’s backcountry until the recent reopening.

This film, by Larry Nimmer, documents the historic use of the trail and the process by which the trail was reopened. The effort was made by a combination of concerned citizens, property owners, Santa Barbara County, The Land Trust of Santa Barbara County, the City of Carpinteria, and many others.

The film features spectacular footage of the trail and backcountry, historical images from the Carpinteria Valley Museum of History, and interviews with some of the key players.

Nimmer has also produced the short films “Carpinteria Then and Now,” “Story of a Marsh Park,” “Carpinteria Creeks,” and “Touring with the Candidates.” He’s currently working on an oral histories project titled “Talking in the Library.”

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