Santa Barbara, CA: Inspiration Point via Jesusita Trail

Cruise through oak-filled canyon country and shrubland meadows to overlooks of the Channel Islands, city lights, and the Pacific coast on this 7-mile out-and-back.
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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

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 6.0


Lush Forest

Location: 48.7652416, -122.0385361

The start of the trail to North Twin. ©Travis Linds

Start of the West Ridge

Location: 48.7205841, -122.0182371

Starting up the west ridge of North Twin.

Views from Northwest Ridge

Location: 48.7195932, -122.0163488

View down South Twin's northwest ridge with Baker's summit peeking through.

North Twin's West Ridge

Location: 48.7160539, -122.0058346


Location: 48.715884, -122.003088

More of the North Twin west ridge scramble.

Obscured view of South Twin

Location: 48.7157141, -122.0011139

The glacier we traversed and the northwest ridge of the South Twin we ascended can be seen on the right of this photo.

Descending the southeast ridge

Location: 48.7144399, -121.997509

Descending the southeast ridge of North Twin.

South Sister Glacier

Location: 48.7114949, -121.9910288


Location: 48.7090879, -121.9879818

Traversing the glacier with South Twin's north ridge behind us.

South Twin

Location: 48.7050381, -121.9883251

Views from South Twin

Location: 48.7047549, -121.9875526

Views to the north from South Twin.


Location: 48.7029423, -121.9935608

Fog obscured the west ridges of South Twin.

Descending South Twin

Location: 48.7028856, -121.9951487

Views descending west ridge of South Twin.

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