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Jesusita Trail

Average Rating:    (4.61 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 18

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
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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Review Date
November 6, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Santa Barbara Mountain Bike Trail Volunteers , from Santa Barbara, CA

Summary:
Santa Barbara Trail Information The Santa Barbara front country trails (Tunnel, ColdSprings, etc.) are in danger of being closed to mountain bikes. Recent events, which include irresponsible trail use by mountain bikers and the sabotage or booby trapping of trails by a group of anti-bicyclists are the grounds for these closures. Both of these events have gained the attention of the Forest Service and the media. If you ride here in Santa Barbara, there are some responsible use guidelines that we need you to follow. Your actions are judged by the other trail users and your actions will either help keep the trails open or help shut down your privilege to ride them.

Trail Use Guidelines:
- The Santa Barbara trails are Public Multi-use recreational trails. Be aware that there are other users on the trail. The SB trails are NOT race courses, do not treat them or ride them like race courses.
- Always yield to other trail users. This means that you must come to a complete stop when encountering another trail user. Ask the other trail user to pass by or allow you to pass when it is safe for them.
- Always use a bike bell. The purpose of a bike bell is to alert other trail users to your presence and take the surprise factor out of your encounter with them. The bell does not give you right of way or the license to race. Bells are available in the bell box at the top of Tunnel trail, at local SB bike shops, and at your local hardware or feed store.
- Stay on designated trails. Do not shortcut switchbacks. Someone in the hiking community has been damaging our Los Padre Forest resources by cutting and opening illegal trails. Do your best to stay off these trails. The trails at the end of the powerline road off of ColdSprings and the trail off of the lower right hand switchback of ColdSprings are examples of illegal trails.
- Allow trails to dry for a few days after rain. Riding wet or muddy trails may enhance and exaggerate the erosion caused by water.
- Strengthen the trails that you ride and use, volunteer for trail maintenance events. Find upcoming maintenance events on the www.sbmtv.org website.
* This may sound like a lot, but it only takes a little effort

!The trails are being sabotaged!
For the last number of months, someone has been rolling large boulders onto the trails. Now in addition, 2 to 3 high rock walls are being built across the trail. Both the boulders and the walls seem to be placed on the trail with intent to injure mountain bike riders. We are worried that these booby traps may escalate to wire or more dangerous traps. Be careful going into blind corners as one of these booby traps may be set there for you. Be sure to scan the trail bed ahead for these traps. A small number of riders have already been injured.
The Forest Service has called together a Front Country Working Group to address these issues. SBMTV is cooperating with the other user groups in this process to develop solutions for increased user safety and the reduction of user conflicts on the Santa Barbara trails. Chris Orr
VP Trails, SBMTV
Chris.orr@sbmtv.org
www.sbmtv.org *Your posts to these trail review sites are being reviewed by the anti-bicyclist crowd. How do I know? Because they are using direct quotes from these reviews as ammunition in the push to ban bikes on SB trails

Recommended Route:
Santa Barbara Trail Information



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