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Jesusita Trail

Average Rating:    (4.58 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 19

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).
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Latitude
34.46511637273039
Longitude
-119.7130823135376
Trail Directions
Form 101 in Santa Barbara take Mission road up past the mission where it intersects 192. Make a right then a left on Mission Canyon road. Tunnel road will be on your left side, take it. Park on tunnel as far up as you like. A gated fireroad is where you riding starts.
Trail Length
10 miles
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Santa Barbara
   


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Review Date
July 21, 2014

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: CFStewie ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
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.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Elings Park - Easy but fun loops with an ocean view
Romero Canyon - Fire road up, single track down.



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Review Date
April 9, 2012

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: francois ,  Downhiller

Summary:
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Review Date
July 20, 2009

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Zachariah666 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
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.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Elings Park. Have yet to check out some of the other popular ones (Tunnel, San Ysidro, Cold Springs).



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Review Date
May 29, 2009

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: jonecat@hotmail.com ,  Cross Country Rider

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



Comments
Zachariah666 (07/20/2009)
I rode this trail yesterday... It is NOT closed! The fire destroyed a lot of the trees and bushes which provided good shade (now it's quite open to the sun at the top and the view is less spectacular), but it is still rideable. There are a few corners where the ash and dirt have combined to make it very unstable, though, so I would recommend walking it through these (only about 5 meters or so long).
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Review Date
December 2, 2004

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: scabrider ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
UP TUNNEL ROAD AND FOLLOW THE SIGNS.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
TUNNEL, ELINGS PARK SUPER-D



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