Jesusita Trail

Los Padres National Forest, California

Elevation Gain2,237ft
Trailhead Elevation1,623ft
Elevation Min/Max422/1629ft
Elevation Start/End1623/1623ft

Jesusita Trail

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. This trail connects with the following: Inspiration Point Via Tunnel.

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."

"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."

"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."

"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."

Jesusita Trail Reviews

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Perfect day for this walk. We could see out to the islands, the airport and UCSB. Walk itself is very well marked. Took us pretty much 3 hours for the round trip, but we took our time.
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I ride this trail every Wednesday evening. Thanks to the Santa Barbara Mountain Bike Trail Volunteers, this years storm devastation has been completely repaired. This trail is in the best condition it has ever been in. If you are interested in earning your sweet downhill, this is the trail for you. Jed Hirsch

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Trail Information

Los Padres National Forest
Nearby City
Los Padres National Forest
Los Padres National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS: Santa Barbara; Conant’s Matilija & Dick Smith Wilderness
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Oct 2018