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Jesusita Out and Back

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6.8 Miles 10.9 Kilometers



1,323' 403 m


-1,323' -403 m



Avg Grade (4°)


Max Grade (15°)

1,764' 538 m


483' 147 m


Shared By Mike Tarpey


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Backside of Jesusita the out and back version. Flowy with technical climbing and descending.

Mike Tarpey

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* Please ride with a bike bell*


Jesusita is a local Favorite with approx 1600 ft of technical climbing that rewards you with one of the best views in town from Inspiration Point. 3.5 miles of Flowy singletrack mixed in with some tight switch backs and rocky sections await you on the descent.

Need to Know

Jesusita and Tunnel Trails are heavily used by many different groups and is a very popular hiking trail. Best ridden in the early mornings or evenings and be mindful of your speed while riding the trails.

Be sure to get a bike bell, distributed by the Santa Barbara Mountain Bike Trail Volunteers. The bells help other users on the trail be aware of mountain bikers.


This trail drops down from Inspiration Point, a popular Santa Barbara hiking destination, to Stevens Park in the San Roque neighborhood of Santa Barbara. The lower section follows a creek, crossing it several times at rocky creek crossings. The middle section is realtively smooth and nicely shaded. The top of the trail near Inspiration Point is very rocky and challenging.

There are several access entry and exit points to Jesusita. It can be ridden as an out-and-back, starting at either Cater Water Treatment Plant or for a longer ride Stevens Park or as a loop starting from the Tunnel Trail up to Inspiration Point, and then come down Jesusita.

A nice alternative is to do this as part of a longer loop so as to cut down on the uphill traffic on Jesusita Trail. To do this, park at the Inspiration point trailhead. Climb up Spyglass Ridge Rd to the junction with Jesusita Trail (here called Inspiration Point - 7 Falls Connector) and take that to Inspiration Point, then descend down Jesusita Trail to San Rouque Road. Go down San Rouge and make a left on Foothill Blvd for 1.5 miles, then another left on Mission Canyon Rd to get back to the parking area.

History & Background

More info on Santa Barbara Trails can be found at the Santa Barbara Mountain Bike Trail Volunteers Trai Wiki:


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Dec 27, 2018
John Gump
Dec 9, 2018
Scott Shiffman
Jul 21, 2018
James M
May 6, 2018
Bede Pittenger
Jan 7, 2018
Steve Sereboff
Usual condition. One of the few front side trails open, so more people are on it.
Oct 28, 2017
Josh Janecek
Basically a hike-a-bike for 3 hours up and super sick on the way down. Bring lots of food and Gatorade. You'll definitely need it because all your… 6.8mi
Jun 29, 2017
Eli Makus
Awesome trail. Too many people. 7.1mi
Jun 29, 2017
J Flo
Climbed Tunnel to make a loop. The last part of that climb is absurdly difficult (lots of pushing). The descent is terrific though - great trail!

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Sam Mahar
Santa Barbara, CA
Sam Mahar   Santa Barbara, CA
I do this ride about twice a week. Hike up most of Insipration/Tunnel and down via Jess. It's a great ride you can do from downtown Santa Barbara without shuttle. This trail has improved my skill more than any other in the area and provides a bit of everything. Please watch out for hikers and their four legged friends - popular hike to do with dogs. Mar 1, 2016

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