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Jesusita Trail - Los Padres National Forest
Trail Distance 4.13 Miles

Provides a variety of environments. Oak woodlands, avocado orchards, and even views of newly built homes. Switchbacks take you through dense chaparral until you reach Inspiration Point. Inspiration Point is just south of the Jesusita Trail. Please stay on the trail, portions of the trail cross private property. Directions: In Santa Barbara, take Foothill Road (Hwy 192), turn north on San Roque Road. At approximately 1/2 mile from Foothill Road, look for the trail head sign on the left just past the filtration plant. Easy hike. In Santa Barbara front country. Please stay on the trail, portions of the trail cross private property.

Trail Details

  • Trail #: 27W17
  • Wilderness Area: Non Wilderness Area
  • County: Santa Barbara County
  • Ranger District: Santa Barbara Ranger District
  • Trail-head Latitude: 34.45402
  • Trail-head Longitude: -119.72847
  • Trail Condition: Good - Trail is easy to follow and is in good shape
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  • Activities & Features:
    • Birding
    • Day Hiking
    • Mountain Biking
    • Panoramic Views
    • Waterfall
    • Wildlife Viewing

Trail Stats

  • Total Elevation Gain: + 1904 feet.
  • Total Elevation Loss: - 1001 feet.
  • Overall Average Slope Gain: + 12 %.
  • Overall Average Slope Loss: - 13 %.
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Survey Photos:

  • Los Padres Forest Association - 03-13-2015

  • Los Padres Forest Association - 08-03-2017

Submitted Trail Reports

Jesusita Trail Survey - 08-03-2017 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Jesusita Trail
Date: 08-03-2017
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:We got a report from the trail running community of downed oak branches on the Jesusita Trail.  We cleared some rather large ones at the junction of Jesusita and Arroyo Burro and headed home after a good hours work.  Once back at home we realized that the reported downed oak was further up the trail.  Oh well, guess a return trip is in order.

There was a little flowing water at the junction of AB and Jesusita and a few stagnant pools lower down.  Brushing and grassing is needed in sections.  Lots of people out enjoying the trail on a warm Thursday evening.
Mode of transport:Hike
Trail condition:Good shape and easy to follow

Jesusita Trail Survey - 03-13-2015 - by Los Padres Forest Association
Link: Jesusita Trail
Date: 03-13-2015
Surveyor Name:Los Padres Forest Association
Trail description:

Jesusita Trail is closed due to a large hazard oak tree that has fallen (and has more falling to do) across the trail.  Crews are expected to clear the hazard tree early next week.  Until then, please choose a different trail.
Mode of transport:Array
Trail condition:Hard to follow

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Last Updated: Monday, February 22, 2016

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