Santa Barbara Front CountryLocate the trailhead.
My mother and I decided to hike up Jesusita to Inspiration Point. There is no actual Jesusita trailhead, it connects Arroyo Burro to Tunnel at points very close to the trailhead of each of those. I think that's how it works, anyway. It might share Arroyo Burro for a bit instead. We decided to go up from the west side at Arroyo Burro where parking is generally easier and the route is longer. Also, my mother seemed to be worried about dive bombing mountain bikers that are apparently more common on the other side of the trail which has some very fun steep sections.
|A bit of shade at the start of the trail.|
|Looking out over the ridges and trail and power lines.|
|The trail turns off to cross the ridges instead of climb the mountains.|
|The peak above the trail, which is mainly Cathedral Peak.|
|Looking out over the city, there is just a tiny bit of island visible today.|
|The transmission lines transmitting over the foothills.|
|There's often a few rocks arising from the growth.|
|Many tight switchbacks along the trail.|
|A bit of a cave along the trail.|
|Lots of green and shade.|
|Another intersection with Jesusita marked.|
|Cathedral Peak again, I expect, from low on the trail.|
|The sign at the start showing destinations along Jesusita Trail.|
A collection of roads and trails, some of them the route of Jesusita, offer a number of choices for the route to and from Inspiration point.
©2007,2012 Valerie Norton
Posted 1 July 2012