Inspiration Point and Seven Falls
ElevationAscent: 916' 279 m
Descent: -915' -279 m
High: 1,822' 555 m
Low: 1,012' 309 m
GradeAvg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 28% (15°)
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“An out-and-back trail run from Santa Barbara to Inspiration Point and Seven Falls.”— John McKinney
Following the Jesusita Trail you'll quickly descend to Mission Creek and reach another junction with the Seven Falls Trail, which diverges to the right. Stay to the left to continue on the Jesusita Trail, cross the creek, and follow the switchbacks as they climb up the canyon wall to a juncture with a powerline road atop the mountain, From here the Jesusita Trail takes a right-hand turn. However, you'll run straight ahead on the Inspiration Point Spur to reach Inspiration Point, which offers great views of the coast. Once you've taken in all that Inspiration Point has to offer, you can turn around and follow the same route back to Tunnel Rd.
If you are feeling adventurous on the return trip, take the short spur on Seven Falls Trail. The short Seven Falls Trail follows along Mission Creek where there’s a bit of scrambling before you'll arrive at Seven Falls about 200 yards further. You'll get nice views of the canyon, Santa Barbara, and the Channel Islands from this vantage point, and can enjoy a nice dip in the pools at the base of the falls in the warmer months.
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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