The Jesusita Trail meanders along a gurgling creek in the shadow of San Roque Canyon’s sandstone slabs and emerald-green oak groves. After only half a mile, you’ll climb to a grassy meadow with views of 4,000-foot peaks in the Santa Ynez Range. Trailside scenery gradually changes from lush deciduous forest, grasslands, and swarthy canyon walls to golden chaparral and ocean views as the route ascends another 800 feet in 1.5 miles to unforgettable views of the Channel Islands and the Santa Barbara coastline. Climb another 1.5 miles to more island vistas at Inspiration Point. If you don’t stay for the sunset, walk along the ridgeline and peak over the edge of Mission Canyon before retracing steps back to the trailhead.
-Mapped Chuck Graham