For many people, Jesusita Trail is their favorite hike in the Santa Barbara Ranger District of Los Padres National Forest. After traversing an open meadow area, the lower portion of the trail features a beautiful creek (San Roque Creek) and cooling, oak-filled shade. This is a great destination in itself. For stunning views and a rigorous hike or run, the trail continues uphill to Inspiration Point and beyond to Mission Creek.
Watching for birds, other animals, wildflowers, and diverse plants is very rewarding. This is a special destination.
1150 San Roque Road, Santa Barbara
National Forest Service
9 miles (bike)
Biking (mountain), Birdwatching, Hiking, Picnicking, Relaxing, Running, Viewing, Walking, Watchable Wildlife
The Arroyo Burro Trail stems off of Jesusita Trail. Although often not well maintained, the trail is beautiful in its upper reaches and features great boulders and views.
Also, the San Marcos Foothills Preserve is a popular place to walk and enjoy mountain and ocean views.