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  • Jesusita Trail - #JesusitaTrail

    Socal - Santa Barbara County - Santa Barbara NickNames: #JesusitaTrail

    To reach the top of the trail is the same as the bottom of the Tunnel trail...hwy 101 to Mission Street, head northeast to Foothill and turn right. Turn left on Tunnel and take it to the trailhead. Beyond the gate look for signage for Inspiration Point and Jesusita trail. To start at the bottom make a left instead of a right at Foothill and take it to San Roque. Turn right there and follow it up to Stevens Park. The trail starts at the back of the park.

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    • Trail UpdateAWSOME!!-Rode trail last week!! Thanks to all those volunteers the trail is in great shape. THANX!!
      Phil McKay a Cross-Country Rider


    • Trail UpdateJesusita !!-This trail has been well maintained by the "Santa Barbara Mountain Bike Trail Volunteers" , I rode it two weeks ago and it was in top shape.

      Don't forget to use a bell when you ride the front country trails to alert other users of your presence
      Andres a 33 year old Cross-Country Rider riding a Santa Cruz Heckler from Santa Barbara


    • Trail UpdateNICE RIDE!!-The trail is in very good condition and it was very busy with hikers. Awsome riding, and some of the female hikers were not bad either!!!


    • Trail UpdateXTRA Caution On Sat. 11/30-This Saturday (tomorrow) the 9 Trail Run will be happening on our front country trails. If you are out on the trails anytime on Saturday, please take extra extra caution by scanning the trail ahead of you, wearing a bell, and stopping for runners/other trail users well in advance.


    • Trail UpdateScooby Doo-I heard that the trail to the left of Cold Springs was adopted by Montecito Trails. That is the one that starts to the right of Cold Springs and meets up with the powerline road. Is this incorrect?

      I would also add that you should be careful for rocks that could fall into the trail after these heavy rains. Already even the roads are full of fallen rocks. Careful driving up San Marcos and Camino Cielo, too.


    • Trail UpdateSanta 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

      *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…

      Santa Barbara Mountain Bike Trail Volunteers from Santa Barbara, CA


    • Trail UpdateSB Is Amazing-Rode Tunnel and Jesusita friday after the rain.
      The uphill is tough, with a few hike-a-bike sections.
      After cresting at inspiration point, the trail quickly
      runs into a fire road. I was sure I was lost, and
      spent some time looking for the correct turn-off. It
      turns out that Jesusita comes off the right side of
      the fire road about 1/4 mile down.
      Jesusita is not nearly as tough as tunnel, but is a
      fast, sweeping and fun descent. Overall, one of the
      best days of cross country biking I've ever had.
      Ride rating: Advanced
      Ride distance: 5 miles Elevation change:
      Singletrack=90% Dirt Road=10%
      LCS a 34 year old Weekend Warrior from LA


    • Trail UpdatePO PO Ree-dudes this trials chok full PO thats posin oaks for you folks out there. i couLD not believe this place so bad of oaks like chiqita trials in san juan. Watch out maybe seasonal thing I dont knOW.

      of courSE mutant like me not get the stuffs haa haa!

      Saw xcchris on trial. He ride footwear not bike.

      Ride rating: Intermediate
      Ride distance: 4 miles? Elevation change: 500 up 1000 down?
      Singletrack=99% Dirt Road=1%
      Chirs a 34 year old Die-hard Enthusiast riding a Ellswoth jOKer from French


    • Trail UpdateSecond Half Of The Finest...-This is part 2 of the review I posted on the Tunnel trail. From the bottom of tunnel you will see signage to go right to Jesusita. It will start with a 30-40 minute climb to Inspiration Point. Once there it is more rock drops, switchbacks, tight spots, log jumps, and rock gardens into and along the creek at the bottom of the canyon. Jesusita is it's own incredible entity, but coupled with Tunnel makes for the best descent I have ever dealt with. I say 'dealt with' due to the level of difficulty and more importantly the length. By the Jesusita leg of our ride(up gibraltar, down tunnel, up to inspiration, down Jesusita) we were so mentally spent from intense concentration that we started falling more frequently. Although it was raining in the bottom half and the river rocks were harder to deal with than the soft stuff higher on tunnel, I was sure that mental fatigue was the culprit. Need I say more? Get up there and do this ride...and let me know if you are, I gotta go again. Good luck to you.
      Dusty Bottoms


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