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Jesusita Trail is a 6.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Santa Barbara, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 6.8 miles Elevation Gain: 1,574 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

bird watching

running

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

rocky

scramble

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.

running
rocky
19 hours ago

This trail is certainly a gem and you can link this all the way to Monticeto. I use it to train for hikes in the sierras however the freedom this trail provides is worth its weight in gold. This year the trail is in amazing shape and certainly appreciate the all the work the crews put in.

hiking
rocky
2 days ago

Great trail, partially shaded & partially exposed. It follows a stream that still has water flowing through it. It has a couple of easy stream crossings & it is mostly a steady up hill hike. It is out & back no loop so coming back is down hill be careful with your footing, lots of loose dirt & rocks. This trail goes through some private property so please be respectful & stay on trail. Great for all levels but rated moderate. Enjoy! May 23, 2020

hiking
15 days ago

I loved it! Lots of easy stream crossings, interesting changes in scenery, some shade some unprotected. LOTS of poison oak right now (May 2020) but the trail stays wide enough for you to avoid it. Would recommend!

hiking
16 days ago

Beautiful trail, but very popular and heavily trafficked. Features a creek, a great view, and lots of wildflowers. My husband and I took it a litter further to one of the seven falls water holes to cool off. 10/10 would do again!

hiking
18 days ago

Beautiful conditions, lots of water in the creek. Perfect mix of shade and sun for an 85 degree day.

hiking
bugs
23 days ago

hiking
24 days ago

Great trail! Some parts with shade some full sun. Bring a lot of water like 2 liters each. I was with 5 and 9 year old so it took me 6 hours and half to inspiration point and back - with all the stops. But there are so many creeks, flowers, and bugs to see that they didn’t mind. Even a rattlesnake!

hiking
1 month ago

Easy-to-Moderate trail. Half Shaded / Half very very Exposed (SUNNY) Perfect Trail-Running course. Challenging uphill and exciting downhill, probably great for mountain-biking. Fantastic views of La Cumbre Peak, Arlington Peak, & Cathedral Peak. From Inspiration Point you can see the rocky, spiny ridge to Arlington Peak. Poison Oak everywhere!

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

hiking
rocky
1 month ago

running
2 months ago

Light constant pace run

hiking
3 months ago

Ran into a baby rattlesnake on the trail!

hiking
3 months ago

Pretty easy hike with some challenging sections. Incredible view at the top. Quite a bit of shade too.

hiking
bugs
rocky
3 months ago

LOTS of trail runners! Most are very courteous to us hikers. Great views of the ocean, canyons, rock formations, and vegetation. Crossed the creek a few times. Heard some frog croaks. :) Lots of birds, like spotted towhees, scrub jays, acorn woodpeckers, yellow-rumped warblers, and even some white-breasted nuthatches. Moderate rating is correct.

running
rocky
4 months ago

Great trail to run, not too rocky so it was easier to keep a good pace going. Would run again.

hiking
4 months ago

One I was my favorite hikes although I was just sent a link saying they had seen several mountain lions so keep your eyes peeled :-) https://keyt.com/news/santa-barbara-s-county/2019/12/20/two-mountain-lions-spotted-by-hiker-near-jesusita-trail/ This has great inclines, creek side meditation spots, overall a great hike. This can be a bit challenging so if you’re not in great shape take it easy and stop along the way for water. There are plenty of shaded spots to take a break, enjoy!

hiking
4 months ago

This is an off-leash dog-friendly trail with a nice shaded beginning opening up to some views along the way with a gorgeous panorama at Inspiration Point. Hiking up took about 1:45.

hiking
muddy
4 months ago

6 months ago

Southern Cal Edison has the trail closed for the next few weeks. Thanks for letting people know at the trailhead. SCE, making friends everywhere.

hiking
7 months ago

it's an ok trail a little boring but its nicer than not doing anything.

hiking
7 months ago

The trailhead is just past the filtration plant on the same side of the road. It is a little hidden and back from the road. I parked across the street in the gravel. I saw some broken window glass so make sure to not leave valuables visible in the car. I went on a Tuesday morning and the trail was rather crowded for the first 1.5 miles. A portion of the trail goes along and crosses a dry creek bed several times. The oaks along this section are gorgeous. There are a few steep areas and some switchbacks and as you gradually hike up to Inspiration Point, which is not clearly marked. Overall a nice hike. My Apple Watch clocked it at almost exactly 7 miles long.

hiking
7 months ago

Nice trail. Got harder the further we went. A bunch of switch backs towards the end. Wonderful view! Lots of shade but also lots of people. Went in at 9 and finished at noon.

hiking
9 months ago

Long trail but fabulous

hiking
9 months ago

Just half a km into the hike snake crossed our path. After some contemplation, my friend and I decided to keep going. It was good. A bit hot and dry. Lots of mosquitoes. The view was nice.

hiking
10 months ago

Left early this morning and it was beautiful! Lots of poison oak everywhere so stay in the middle of the trail. The creek was still flowing and sounded so peaceful. This is a great hike, but can get challenging in a few areas.

hiking
over grown
rocky
11 months ago

hiking
Sun May 12 2019

Jesusita is very different now (vs 2018) after 2019 rains. Wildflowers are 5 ft tall in first mile. Much vegetation. Also the streams are flowing nicely. Awesome and somewhat challenging hike in places.

hiking
Fri May 10 2019

It had rained a bit before the hike, and a bit during the hike, but it was still enjoyable. The rain did mean some slippery areas but nothing that was hazardous. The trail is well marked and the views are certainly worth the climb. This was my first time on this trail and I will most certainly be back,

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