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|For:||Uphill, but relatively short|
This version of the hike starts at Tunnel Trail. There is another way to get here, starting at Jesusita Trail.
Beware of kamikaze mountain bikers on this trail.
This hike is a relatively moderate hike, especially if you are in good condition. One thing to consider with hiking in Santa Barbara is that the area is not flat. It's all mountains! So an easy hike is one where parts of the hike at least aren't too difficult for the average person, and usually that part is at the beginning so that if it does get too hard you can turn around.
The trail begins on a paved access road that the Edison Company uses. This road is a popular exercise spot for many active Santa Barbarans. You can see people getting their morning and evening workouts running, biking, walking the dog, and taking the kids for a walk year round. The road is about a mile long, which is perfect for a quick workout. The trail begins near the end of the pavement and is wide and maintained. The trail climbs through shady chaparral to a small summit which is another Edison access road, dirt this time. The summit is indistinct, except for the fact that when you reach it you have a beautiful view of the city, the ocean and the Channel Islands. This view makes this a popular sunset hike.
The hike is about 3.5 miles round trip with an elevation gain of about 800 ft.
Jesusita and Inspiration Point UpdatesUpdate trail conditions
Posted: September 7, 2015, 10:26 pm
My wife and I hiked a little more than an hour up Jesusita trail (Inspiration Point). The footing was good for the whole of the hike after the first 200 yards. Contrary to the view from the trail head there is actually nice cover from the sun most of the way and its more interesting terrain than San Ysidro trail we were on last week. About a mile and a quarter up there's a shaded water fountain with a couple picnic tables on private property for public use and a pleasant rest.
It's mostly very dry up there but the creek showed a couple wet holes and we came across a little spring with a trickle of fresh water that was mangled with animal track.
The incline is steady all the way but nothing difficult or slippery uphill or down. Maria encapsulated her experience of our walk as 'restorative'.
The trail can also be entered about a mile down hill at Stevan's Park. There are some big trees on that stretch worth seeing but it puts the water fountain about and hour and a half out
Posted: May 16, 2011, 10:43 am
Lots of wildflowers and new spring growth. In places the new growth is starting to crowd the trail a little, but the tread is still clear and well-defined.
Posted: April 5, 2011, 11:45 pm
Posted: April 1, 2011, 4:09 am
Hiked up there Thursday afternoon and even though it was 80 degrees in town, it felt cooler under the shade of the magnificent trees that covered much of the lower portion of the trail. Water level seemed lower than Tuesday but still lots of waterfalls and deep pools for the dog to swim in. Parts of the trail seemed to be overgrown with greens, saw some guy Tuesday with a machete trying to clear some of it back. Got home and found a large tick attached to my arm. Luckily it wasn't embedded in my skin. However, be on the lookout especially with the heat, the new growth and the fact that often times you will be wading through tall grasses.
Posted: March 30, 2011, 2:19 pm
Posted: March 25, 2011, 3:26 pm
Posted: February 21, 2011, 7:01 pm
At the very beginning there were some short passages where the trail disappeared due to mud slides. The rest of the trail is in good condition and we really enjoyed it. It is really short though, the entire loop took us around 1.5h I believe.
Posted: January 27, 2011, 11:35 am
Posted: January 3, 2011, 12:57 pm
Please be aware that the recent rain caused some rock slides on this trail. Even thought the rocks do not block the trail, you should be careful standing or climbing up on some of the rocks that are next to the trail.
Posted: January 2, 2011, 2:44 pm