Jesusita Trail

MODERATE 293 reviews
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Jesusita Trail is a 6.8 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.

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.

hiking
bugs
rocky
2 days 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
15 days ago

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

hiking
26 days 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
29 days 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
1 month ago

2 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
3 months ago

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

hiking
3 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
3 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
5 months ago

Long trail but fabulous

hiking
5 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
6 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
7 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

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
8 months ago

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,

hiking
8 months ago

The first part of this trail is quite gentle, with a couple of easy stream crossings and meadows. The best part of the trail is about 3 miles in, once the switchbacks start, and my favourite part is a traverse across the canyon to get to below the Inspiration Point ridge. Note, if you park in Steven’s Park, add ~0.6 miles each way to the distance.

hiking
9 months ago

Nice and green right now. Watch out for poison oak. The picnic table on that property along the trail is gone and the water fountain doesn’t work anymore, so that’s kind of a bummer.

hiking
10 months ago

nice trail, inspiration point isn't that clear. but just follow the voices and you'll see the beautiful view.

hiking
10 months ago

Nice clean trail. One steep section and what I call Bee Alley near inspiration point that is filled with bees. There is a water fountain on trail but it’s broke so bring 2 liters of water. There were a few mountain bikers so be careful and as the person mentioned below me, very small creek crossings as of today, that’s very small and easily passable. I didn’t see a waterfall as described above but the creek was flowing. I saw a few copperhead snakes which are not dangerous, make some noise and they will scatter. Nice hike, get out there. Happy trails. -Verified Completed-

running
10 months ago

Great for trail running as it's not too steep and mostly shaded. Maybe three tricky creek crossings.

hiking
muddy
10 months ago

hiking
muddy
11 months ago

hiking
muddy
Sat Jan 19 2019

Sun Dec 30 2018

Very easily defined trail. It ends at Inspiration Point.

hiking
Thu Dec 27 2018

Beautiful hike. Can't wait to hit it up again in the Spring when the river gets flowing. The trail is mostly under canopy, well maintained, & clearly marked, making it easy to navigate between the trail & private property. There's also a place to refill your water before you start the real climb in elevation which is helpful if you go through a lot of water like I do. Early AM is the best time to start; as it gets later the trail starts to get quite crowded. In a previous comment someone mentioned bees, & they're right. If you have a severe allergy, use caution because they're unavoidable. Otherwise, the view at the top is gorgeous & completely worth the trek. Have fun!

Wed Dec 26 2018

Nice urban out and back hike. The first half of the trail takes you along a creek lined with big oaks and sycamores, then on a road near a couple of homes. The second half is a bit steeper and leads you up to Inspiration Point. The views of the ocean and Santa Barbara were great (the powerlines, not so much). We were there on a very windy day and didn't stay too long at the top. If you coordinated with a friend/driver, you could in theory take the Jesusita Trail to the top and the Inspiration Point Trail down the other side. I could imagine this being a good place to find wildflowers in the spring. Warning about the parking lot... You almost need a high clearance vehicle to park here. We scraped the bottom of our car pretty severely.

hiking
Tue Dec 11 2018

very beautiful place just from February to april cuz the creek has water at the time

hiking
Mon Dec 10 2018

This is an amazing hike...probably my favorite that I’ve taken! Portions of it are flat and easy while other sections provide some challenge (nothing too intense). The majority of the hike is under canopy which adds to the lushness and cool temperature....all around ideal setting. If you’re looking for an active way to enjoy Santa Barbara for a couple hours I highly recommend hitting this trail.

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