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blue Jesusita Trail

Trail

4.1 mile 6.7 kilometer point to point
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 1,345' 410 m
Descent: -530' -162 m
High: 1,816' 553 m
Low: 476' 145 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 34% (19°)

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Trail shared by John McKinney

Hike across the mountains above Santa Barbara and catch some stellar views along the way.

John McKinney

Features River/Creek · Views

Description

This trail begins at the Cater Water Filtration Plant off of San Roque Rd. Starting out along the trail, descend down the path and you'll quickly pass a trail juncture. Make sure to stay to the right and 3/4 of a mile into the trail you'll come a across another trail juncture with the Arroyo Burro Trail. Again, stay to the right to follow the Jesusita Trail and you'll come across a meadow where you'll want to stay on the narrow path along the left edge of the meadow.

1 mile into the trail you'll cross San Roque Creek for the first time before criss-crossing over it a few more times. The Trail will then hit a private ranching road, at which point you should carefully follow trail signs to the top of the hill and through a pedestrian gate. Soon after the gate you'll find an area with a picnic table and drinking fountain.

Then hike along to Inspiration Point, which boasts great views of Santa Barbara and the Pacific. Continuing along the trail to the east, you'll pass under some power lines and descend into Mission Canyon. Follow the path just a little while longer until you come across a trail junction with Tunnel Trail South, at this point the Jesusita Trail comes to its end. You can return to the trailhead the way you came or link up with other trails in the area.

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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Jan 18, 2019
Dan Kronstadt
We typically start at Stevens Park which adds about 1 mile each way. Turn around at Inspiration Pt with a great view of SB. Excellent trail condition. 8mi
Oct 14, 2018
Cara Hubbell
With Zac and Jeff 7.2mi — 2h 43m
Aug 30, 2018
Logan Hange
Dec 3, 2017
Crystal Mongello
Oct 28, 2017
Josh Janecek
8.2mi

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