2.9 miles
154 ft
-1,274 ft
Avg time
Supporters, Builders, Maintainers & Land Managers of Jesusita Trail

  • Sage Trail Alliance
    Land Manager

Jesusita Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Santa Barbara
    , California
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Black Diamond (1 vote)
  • Hiking SAC Scale
    T2 Mountain Hiking
  • Trail Type
  • Bike Type
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
  • Dogs Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #17596 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    80 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 90 in Trail Running
    • 95 in Hiking

This is a popular Multi Use Trail (hikers, runners, cyclists) maintained by SAGE Trail Alliance (nonprofit funded by donations). This trail requires a bell to ride (provided for free at bell boxes in parking area).

Fun, flowy, rocky single track typical of the SB South Coast. It can be ridden as either an out-and-back, or as a loop by climbing up the trail to Inspiration Point and coming down the fire road to the upper trail head. There are some very difficult tech sections, but they can be easily walked. This trail is heavily used by hikers, please always ride with a bell.

Local Trail Association
Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for Jesusita bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -1,120 ft
  • Altitude min
    425 ft
  • Altitude max
    1,628 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,621 ft
  • Altitude end
    502 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    1,886 ft
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    2,106 ft
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on May 1, 2021
Avg: 4.1 (17 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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      Jesusita Trail Reports

      May 1, 2021 @ 6:53am
      May 1, 2021
      dry, chunky, fun
      Feb 22, 2021 @ 5:44pm
      Feb 22, 2021
      Amazing enduro rig that is completely rideable. There are a few stream crossings that you might want to walk but nothing that cant be cleaned by...
      Nov 11, 2020 @ 7:48am
      Nov 11, 2020
      Jul 20, 2020 @ 2:18pm
      Jul 20, 2020
      One of my favorite trails in SB. Good mix of flow and tech
      Jun 26, 2020 @ 7:35am
      Jun 26, 2020
      Tree down right after the steepest bit. You can ride under but you have to duck.
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 8 rides
      • 12 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 178 rides
      • 12 miles avg distance
      • 583 rides


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      Mar 23, 2020 @ 8:38am
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      Jul 2, 2019 @ 7:32pm
      Jul 2, 2019
      146 |
      May 2, 2019 @ 9:46pm
      May 2, 2019
      145 |
      May 2, 2019 @ 9:46pm
      May 2, 2019

      Routes with this trail

      Jesusita Loop
      10 miles
      Up and Around
      6 miles

      10 Reviews & Comments

      • + 0
      bairdking (Jan 6, 2019 at 10:44)
       Overall I agree with the blue rating, but first-time riders should be aware that there are multiple black sections that you will probably walk if you are not an experienced rider.
      • + 0
      ccrawford11 (Apr 28, 2019 at 8:27)
       This trail is no longer a bike trail. There is only about 250 yards of flow on the trail, over 5 miles of dirt and that’s all you get. There are huge steps for hikers on the trail now. Oh if you don’t like getting poison oak don’t even think about doing this trail it was EVERYWHERE. Now I have poison oak EVERYWHERE... yes... EVERYWHERE. There were some sections of black diamond chunky stuff which was fun too but shouldn’t be rated blue at all anymore. It was a hell of an adventure. Anyway 1/10 in terms of fun on account of the poison oak. 2/10 if there was no poison oak; Getting off your bike and hiking or walking down the trail was frustrating. We just came from bootleg canyon outside of Vegas and the riding there is at such a high level but it still had flow. This has been lost to hiking I think.
      • + 1
      gnarwahl (May 18, 2019 at 16:21)
       Not sure what trail the person who commented below rode, but Jesusita (or Jes) is a local SB classic that's currently in great shape thanks to recent trail work. I'd say it's a high intermediate to advanced trail with a couple of very challenging technical sections and some tight but flowy switchbacks at the top. Entirely rideable, walking unnecessary unless required by caution or skill level.
      • + 1
      stevobike (Jun 4, 2019 at 10:39)
       Just rode it Sunday, 6-2-19. It was wet and slippery, making it ride much harder than i expected. Rocky and rooty DH sections rode more like double diamond. Even dry, i would rate this trail a solid black diamond. Im from N cal, and ride lots of rock.
      • + 1
      nharrichh (Aug 16, 2019 at 11:25)
       Super fun trail. Relative to the blue trails in the area that I have ridden (Camuesa and Elings) and even Tequipas, which is black, Jesusita is significantly more technical so I think it deserves a black rating.
      • + 1
      Donikimi (Sep 19, 2019 at 13:41)
       DH of Jesusita is fun and provides some challenges to newbie mountain bikers like me. It is way difficult than any other blue trails that I have ever ridden. But not constantly intimidating as black diamond trails do, I guess? The only downside is that I have to hike through many sections between Seven Falls-Inspiration Point.
      • + 0
      spydersnowmass (Nov 22, 2019 at 12:39)
       Awesome! Awesome! Awesome! I started the loop at Stevens park, warmed the legs to Tunnel trailhead, mostly pushed my bike up to inspiration point, enjoyed the view and sent the DH on Jesusita. Has everything. Rocks, thighs switchbacks, flow parts, exposure, hikers, dogs, shade and ended up back in Stevens park. Watch your speed as it’s shared trail with hikers! Enjoy!
      • + 1
      Pancakemicks (Aug 5, 2020 at 17:30)
       I have to agree with the person who wrote a negative review about this trail. I have no clue how this trail is not a black and how it is so popular. I walked 80% of the trail and probably had about 1/5 of a mile of “flow.” Top section is extremely technical past the point of riding and aside from a half mile of blue terrain a little bit more than halfway down the mountain, it is pretty much unrideable for more than 45 seconds. I Do not recommend at all of you are a newbie. I think Romero canyon was magnitudes easier than this trail and that was given a black rating. Also the trail is extremely busy, even early in the morning. If you are looking for a fun continuous downhill look to Romero, Camuesa or somewhere up in Santa Ynez
      • + 0
      Sbleezy (Sep 27, 2020 at 5:11)
       This is a black trail but 100 percent cleanable on the decent by a good/decent rider. It starts out super flowy with tight switchbacks then drops into the canyon with steep rocky tech, all is manageable and rollable. Enjoy, it's my favorite descent.
      • + 0
      Munruh (Apr 7, 2021 at 22:09)
       Great trail! It’s really a blue with black sections of techs my DH, but all completely rideable. I scouted one section and did the rest blind...only park I didn’t ride were a couple of the creek climb outs toward la the bottom...but I suspect I could’ve with anything but my enduro bike.

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