Jesusita Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Santa Barbara, California. It is within Los Padres National Forest. It is 2.9 miles long and begins at 1,623 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 5.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,237 feet. Inspiration Point is near the trailhead. There are also an information board and parking. Along the trail there is a picnic site.
Jesusita Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"From the suburbs along lower San Roque Creek, the Jesusita Trail climbs into the Los Padres frontcountry to head east along well-cut trails and service roads to Inspiration Point and then down into Mission Canyon."
--Craig R. Carey, Hiking and Backpacking Santa Barbara and Ventura (Wilderness Press).
"This course traverses lush canyons with stream crossings and switchbacks up the mountainside. Rustic ranch houses in a meadow remind you of the area’s rich historical background."
--Stan Swartz, Jim Wolff & Samir Shahin, 50 Trail Runs in Southern California (The Mountaineers Books).
"The Jesusita Trail parallels San Roque Creek through a lush oak, sycamore, cottonwood, and willow woodland. The trail follows an easy course while crisscrossing the creek several times. The path leads up to a grassy meadow with scenic views of the surrounding area."
--Robert Stone, Day Hikes around Santa Barbara (Day Hike Books).
"Inspiration Point overlooks Santa Barbara, Goleta, the Pacific Ocean and the Channel Islands from a 1,750- foot perch below Cathedral Peak. The Jesusita Trail, connecting San Roque Canyon with Mission Canyon, crosses a ridge at Inspiration Point. This hike climbs stream-fed San Roque Canyon through the shaded woodland and traverses the front range to Inspiration Point."
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