Jesusita Trail

MODERATE 75 reviews
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Jesusita Trail is a 6.3 mile moderately 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.

6.3 miles
1456 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly



mountain biking

nature trips

trail running






wild flowers



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.

12 days ago

Very simple hike!

14 days ago

Lovely hike with varied terrain to Inspiration Point which lives up to it’s name. We saw 4 Channel Islands. Good signage at junctions to avoid wrong turns. If you drive a sedan to the filtration plant lot, be sure to park on the right side. The left side has a high curb and will scrape the bottom of your car. SUV’s do great.

mountain biking
1 month ago

It was a brutal, technical climb. Large rocks that you would get caught up on and loose your momentum. Super sick downhill on the way back. Watch out for the slippery, leafy edges on the 30-50 ft cliffs on the side of the trail. Bring lots of food and water and Gatorades because you will lose all your electrolytes on the climb. Amazing views at the top! Thanks to those people who gave me crackers and marshmallows. You saved my butt. Wouldn't have made it without you.

1 month ago

great trail that leads up the back side to inspiration point. some mt bikers

2 months ago

An Ok trail, some nice areas, easy access.

5 months ago

Def a more strenuous way to get to inspiration point but it was a great day for a bday hike! Enjoyed the view from the top and the extra miles!!

6 months ago

This trail kicked my butt!!! I would do it again for the beautiful view at inspiration point.

mountain biking
6 months ago

Pretty Technical to ride solo

7 months ago

Love this hike, tons of shade, near a nice creek, passes by a stable with some friendly horses in it, variety in terrain and views, only moderately difficult. It has plenty of parking at the trail head, and dogs are allowed to hike off-leash. It ends at the Inspiration Point overlook.

trail running
8 months ago

trail running
Monday, September 12, 2016

Strong climbs! Amazing views!

Saturday, July 30, 2016

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.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Decent hike today - albeit a little hot (mid 80s).

Sunday, March 20, 2016

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

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

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.

trail running
Monday, December 29, 2014

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.

Friday, July 18, 2014

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,

Saturday, July 12, 2014

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.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

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.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Good trail for your dog.

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