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Jesusita Trail to Inspiration Point

Hiking Distance: 6.76 miles round trip
Elevation Gain: 1371 feet

Trail Notes & Photos

Parking area in front of filtration plant
Trail head & sign
Fork in trail with no signs, with both paths heavily traveled. One crosses creek, other goes straight. Both trails merge again a hundred yards ahead.
Fork in trail: Arroyo Burro trail and Jesusita trail. Stay on Jesusita trail.
One of several creek crossings
Road junction. The trail reaches a road here. The road goes three different directions. Go up the middle road.
Road junction. Stay to the right and go up the hill/driveway.
Property entrance gate. Go through.
Road junction. Stay to the right.
Trail switch back begins
Canyon & ocean view
Power poles. Follow the power lines and stay on dirt utility road.
Before you reach the last power pole near the top of Inspiration Point, exit utility road and turn right towards the ocean on trail that backtracks a few yards.
You've reached the top of Inspiration Point. Enjoy the view!

Directions to Trail Head

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.

   The beginning of the Jesusita Trail is not at the end of San Roque Rd. The parking area a good half mile before the end of San Roque Rd. You have gone too far up San Roque Rd if you see a reservoir on you right or if you have reached Jesusita Ln.

   There are no road signs on San Roque Rd to indicate that you have reached Jesusita Trail. The Jesusita trail head and sign are to the left of the parking area (as you face the mountains).







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