Jesusita Trail is a 6.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Santa Barbara, CA that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
From the 101 freeway exit Las Positas Rd near downtown Santa Barbara. Turn toward the mountains. Drive on Las Positas Rd past State Street at which point it becomes San Roque Rd. Continue up San Roque Rd and park at the William B. Cater Filtration Plant. The filtration plant is 1.94 miles from the freeway.
Strong climbs! Amazing views!
It started off as a pretty easy/moderate trail but once you get past a little rest area it gets pretty good. Took me about 2 hours to get to the top, had kid with me. Take lots of water. The views once you get to inspiration point are beautiful.
Decent hike today - albeit a little hot (mid 80s).
I think this is not the full Jesusita trail but the smaller half that splits off to the right rather than the left.
Use the same trailhead.
Then you take Arroyo Burro left at the first fork and it takes you down to Steven's Park with a very well-kept and clean bathroom.
This is a short
We hiked both Inspiration and Jesusita Trail. Though this trail is initially paved, it does become hiking terrain. There are stunning ocean and city views from the top, so it is worth the trip. Just a heads up, when parking on San Roque Road, be sure to be aware of the NO PARKING SIGNS and also beware of the white lines when parking. If you park outside the white lines, the neighbors will call the police. Due to fire hazards, cars need to stay inside the white lines in case fire trucks need to get through. Also, there are no bathrooms once you get to the trail nor trashcans, so be sure to bring a small backpack to keep your trash and bring plenty of water.
Ran this trail today with my friend who had previously ran it. Being the novice trail runner I could only manage a decent effort throughout, running and hiking up to Inspiration Point. Some parts are flat enough but other parts are rocky so watch out for your footing when running. Gorgeous scenery throughout, forest at the bottom, a meadow too, and then the view from the top is incredible on a clear and cold morning. The parking at the trailhead is sufficient fr about a dozen cars so either go early or plan on parking down San Roque and hiking on the street to the trailhead.
Trailhead - now corrected on AllTrails - is located off San Roque Rd and free street parking is available across from the trailhead. Well maintained trail with plenty of shade. Good for summer. When you get close to the top then you are exposed to the sun. The trail is used by hikers and trail runners. It's a dog-friendly trail so bring your pooch. I will be back! For more details, http://hikinggirlwithdog.com/2014/07/21/jesusita-trail/
There is no way this trail is 1.5 hours - we went about 3.25 miles when we came across someone and found out we still had about a mile to go. Pressed on time so we didn't go all the way to the top - decent hike overall.
Don't follow the map link from All Trails. Took us to the totally wrong area. Find Santa Barbara Mission and head towards the mountains behind it. first 3/4 of mile are paved. Inspiration Point is the trail name and actual destination. Jesusita Trail is there and labeled but not sure why.
Good trail for your dog.
The Jesusita Trail is correctly rated as a moderately graded hike. There are plenty of switchbacks to make this a pleasant hike. Bring plenty of water and some snacks . At the peak or at the end of the hike you'll find yourself peering at Santa Barbara beautiful coastal region. Parking a little difficult try to get there early or you will find yourself with a pre hike.
Nice trail, good for different skill levels