Jesusita Trail - Trail, Santa Barbara, California

Jesusita Trail - Trail, Santa Barbara, California

DESCRIPTION

Jesusita is spanish for "Baby Jesus" and when you finish this ride youll say "Jesus that was a great ride!!". Jesusita starts about 10 min up the fire road. A short climb (1 mile) begins the ride. The top is a great little spot called Inspiration Point. Get Inspired on some food or "other" and get ready for a blast of a downhill. Heavily shaded by oak trees and with more twists than a lower intestine, Jesusita is a blast.

Look around for rock jumps to launch off. There are two staircase sections to look for; the first has wooden steps with 1' and less drops, the second is an assemblage of irregular river rock with a twisting root starting it off. There are many stream crossing towards the bottom wich kind of break up the rhythm, but the top part makes it worth it. At the completion of the ride you end up on San Roque road. Head down it till you reach 192 and ride back to your car. If this ride didn't satisfy your downhill cravings bust out the leadsled, a second car and combine Jesusita with Tunnel (See List).

USER REVIEWS

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[Jul 21, 2014]
CFStewie
Weekend Warrior

I moved to Santa Barbara in April and have been slowly learning all of the trails in the area. Most of them have not had updated reviews on MTBR in years, so I'm going to try to do some updates. I rode Jesusita/Tunnel trail about a month ago and even though I think I went up the wrong trail, Jesusita down was a blast. I parked in Rocky Nook Park by the SB Women's Club. There is a short trail out of the park along the creek that takes you to Tunnel Road. Just keep climbing up until you hit the fire road gate. Keep going on the paved fire road until you hit a trail head junction, it is pretty obvious. I started up the rutted fire road and here's where I'm not sure I took the right trail. I went up the fire road, passed a trail breaking off to the right (this might be the right one?) and went to a small crest and took the trail off to the left of the fire road. Honestly, I had to hike most of the way with my bike on my shoulder. I was not rideable and there were numerous hikers on the trail. Luckily after a few miles of a hike & bike, I made it to Inspiration Point. Great views, now for the fun part.

After about a mile on the fire road the trail head for the Jesusita trail is on the right hand side. The trail is well marked with a metal sign. From here the trail drops down the canyon with lots of steep drops and tight switchbacks. I'm comfortable on my bike and a confident rider, but had to get off a dozen times to walk through tight rocky sections while crossing creeks. It was still fun but a very technical trail. Towards the end of the ride, the trail was getting pretty packed with hikers and dogs, make sure to watch out and keep your speed in check.

Customer Service

Park at Rocky Nook Park. Up Tunnel Rd to the Fire Road trailhead. Up Tunnel Trail to Inspiration Point, down Jesusita trail to Foothill Rd (Hwy 192). Left on 192 back to Rocky Nook Park and the car. It was about a 10 mile loop with 2k ft of climbing.

Similar Products Used:

Elings Park - Easy but fun loops with an ocean view
Romero Canyon - Fire road up, single track down.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Apr 09, 2012]
francois
Downhiller

test

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jul 20, 2009]
Zachariah666
Weekend Warrior

This trail is very steep toward the middle and top, and is very rocky throughout! I would highly recommend full suspension on this trail. As everyone else has mentioned, there are a lot of hikers on this trail, so exercise caution and courtesy when coming downhill. If you intend to ride up to the top and then back down (which is what I did), get ready for a workout!! I haven't huffed and puffed so much in a long time, which really showed me how out of shape I am. I have a Kona Coilair, which required me to walk quite a bit on the way up (too heavy to climb some of the crazy stuff).

There are many rocky sections which require long travel and use of caution... A couple of small, rocky water crossings toward the bottom, and some very windy switchback sections! It is a lot of fun on the way down, and you can get going dangerously fast, which is why you should wear a trail bell! I can just imagine how easy it would be to smash into an unsuspecting hiker around a blind corner.

The Jesusita fire this spring has destroyed a lot of the trees and vegetation, especially up near the top, so wear sunscreen and take lots of water, because there is no shade for a while. The trail itself, however, is still intact, luckily!

Took almost an hour and a half to go all the way up and less than 15 minutes to come down... So it's a pretty short ride.

Customer Service

I parked at San Roque Road and rode all the way up and then back down, but I have been informed that a better way to do it (if you have two cars) is to ride up Tunnel trail, then connect to Jesusita at Inspiration Point, then bomb down and get picked up at San Roque Road.

Similar Products Used:

Elings Park. Have yet to check out some of the other popular ones (Tunnel, San Ysidro, Cold Springs).

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[May 29, 2009]
Cross Country Rider

Trail has been closed due to the Jesusita fire. Rumor has it that the trail will be closed until spring of 2010. DAMN!!

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Dec 02, 2004]
scabrider
Weekend Warrior

Lots of fun. WATCH OUT FOR HIKERS AND LITTLE KIDS. dON'T MESS WITH ROBIN (HOUSE UP THE FIRE ROAD). GREAT TRAIL PUTE FUN. ONLY TAKES 40 MINS. OR SO IF YOU ARE FAST.

Customer Service

UP TUNNEL ROAD AND FOLLOW THE SIGNS.

Similar Products Used:

TUNNEL, ELINGS PARK SUPER-D

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Nov 08, 1998]
Anonymous

Great trail, even better if you get warmed up and do Tunnel first. Lots of bike handling practice/down hill/jumping fun. After the uphill, you get a great view of SB, then a nice downhill. Whole trail only takes an hour if you are fast.

Customer Service

start at the top of tunnel road, go up the fireroad until you hit a junction, and then go straight. After the stairs on the downhill, keep right util you hit a gate. Take the left turn on the dirt road, and a little trail sprouts off to the left. go through the meadows, and hit the rock jump!

Similar Products Used:

Tunnel, cold springs, san ysidro, Romero

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
[May 16, 1999]
Anonymous

One of the best anywhere. I knew that but my friends from LA agree (Backbone people). This trail deserves to be combined with Tunnel which begins on East Camino Cielo and drops in to the trailhead of Jesusita. This is only recommended for the advanced rider, or those intermediates looking for a challenge who are willing to risk EVAC. THE BEST. Technical, fast, and amazing views (if you stop to smell the roses). Bring two cars for the Tunnel expetition or begin at the end of Tunnel road and ride back up the hill to the car from Stevens park. You can get there by following Foothill Road. I'm not going to get more detailed than that because I don't recall the names of all the possible links from Stevens park. Best Singletrack, Short and steep (I mean sweet) uphill, long involved downhill. Don't miss the singletrack turnoff after the fireroad beginning of the descent, its over a couple of bends and hills, to your right, go in fast but watch for the first switchback, its steep and sharp.

Customer Service

Up tunnel road, to trailhead, up to inspiration point, down rocky chute, fireroad, then singletrack heaven all the way to Stevens Park.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Oct 05, 1999]
Anonymous

To fully enjoy this trail, large quantites of dope should be smoked. 4:20

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
[Oct 05, 1999]
Anonymous

Once at Inspiration Point it is IMPERITIVE to smoke a couple of bowls(beer is optional).

Customer Service

As long as u get high who gives a shit?

Similar Products Used:

IF I EVERY CATCH ANYONE LITTERING UP ON A TRAIL I WILL PERSONALLY BEAT THEIR ASS. (especially all those mother fucking tourtists)

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[May 05, 2000]
Anonymous

Great trail, like cold springs toward the top (rocky and loose) and San Ysidro toward the bottom. possible on a hardtail but not advised. be ready for anything, I hiked the trail first to get an idea of what to expect, it helped a little. jump toward the bottom is sweet. when you encounter the pavement look for a trail next to the bridge( over the bridge is private proprety). the creek is the only drawback it makes the trail slow for i think the first five crossings then it stays to the left and you come out at a parking lot.

Customer Service

stay on the single track, follow signs, and have fun

Similar Products Used:

San Ysidro, Cold Springs, Tunnel

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
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