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Jesusita Trail

Intermediate

Trail

4.1 mile 6.7 kilometer point to point
81% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 1,345' 410 m
Descent: -530' -162 m
High: 1,816' 553 m
Low: 476' 145 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 34% (19°)

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Trail shared by John McKinney

Run across the mountains above Santa Barbara and catch some stellar views along the way.

John McKinney

Features River/Creek · Views

Description

This trail begins at the Cater Water Filtration Plant off of San Roque Rd. Starting out along the trail, descend down the path and you'll quickly pass a trail juncture. Make sure to stay to the right and 3/4 of a mile into the trail you'll come a across another trail juncture with the Arroyo Burro Trail. Again, stay to the right to follow the Jesusita Trail and you'll come across a meadow where you'll want to stay on the narrow path along the left edge of the meadow.

1 mile into the trail you'll cross San Roque Creek for the first time before criss-crossing over it a few more times. The Trail will then hit a private ranching road, at which point you should carefully follow trail signs to the top of the hill and through a pedestrian gate. Soon after the gate you'll find an area with a picnic table and drinking fountain.

Then run along to Inspiration Point, which boasts great views of Santa Barbara and the Pacific. Continuing along the trail to the east, you'll pass under some power lines and descend into Mission Canyon. Follow the path just a little while longer until you come across a trail junction with Tunnel Trail South, at this point the Jesusita Trail comes to its end. You can return to the trailhead the way you came or link up with other trails in the area.

Thanks to John McKinney, The Trailmaster, for sharing this trail description. To learn more about trails in California, check out his guides at The Trailmaster Store.

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Nov 4, 2019
Jaap Boelens
Nov 22, 2018
Benjamin Holley
6 total 3 mile out and back 3mi
Nov 21, 2017
Juan Gallego
4.1mi

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Panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean across Santa Barbara and Goleta from Inspiration Point.
Oct 22, 2017 near Mission…, CA

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