2.9 miles
101 ft
-1,225 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 (4 votes)
  • Hiking SAC Scale
    T2 Mountain Hiking
  • Trail Type
  • Bike Type
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
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  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
  • Dogs Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #39989 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #9753 in Trail Running
    • #12017 in Hiking
  • Local Popularity
    90 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 90 in Trail Running
    • 100 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 multi-use trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -1,120 ft
  • Altitude min
    434 ft
  • Altitude max
    1,624 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,622 ft
  • Altitude end
    502 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    1,614 ft
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    994 ft
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on Jun 3, 2022
Avg: 4.1 (19 votes)
Your vote: 0

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  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
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  • Snow Cover Inadequate
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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      Jesusita Trail Reports

      Jun 3, 2022 @ 10:12am
      Jun 3, 2022
      tree down on jes between the rock wall and stairs
      Apr 7, 2022 @ 9:50pm
      Apr 7, 2022
      Mar 13, 2022 @ 5:35am
      Mar 13, 2022
      Jan 10, 2022 @ 11:20am
      Jan 10, 2022
      Muddy, wet creek crossings. All easily passable. Lots of ticks!
      Dec 12, 2021 @ 6:14am
      Dec 12, 2021
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 10 rides
      • 12 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 155 rides
      • 12 miles avg distance
      • 1,080 rides
      • Last: Aug 7, 2022


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      Jul 2, 2019 @ 7:32pm
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      May 2, 2019 @ 9:46pm
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      May 2, 2019 @ 9:46pm
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      Routes with this trail

      Jesusita Loop10 miles
      Up and Around6 miles

      12 Reviews & Comments

      • + 0
      Mattie1 (Jul 19, 2022 at 0:01)
      The amount of hubris on these comment boards is hilarious. Try to always put your POV as a new rider to the area who may not be at the riding level as you groups of obvious studs. This trail is a blast with some obvious sections that could be very challenging to even experienced riders who aren’t used to rocky technical areas. You can roll nearly everything but the last major tree root section before the creek cross should be looked at for a good line. Good luck and have fun!
      • + 0
      SuperX805 (Aug 13, 2021 at 19:01)
      One of my all time favorite trails. Did it last year on a drop bar gravel bike. Not sure what all the fuss is about.
      • + 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.
      • + 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.
      • + 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
      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
      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.
      • + 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
      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
      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.
      • + 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.
      • + 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.


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