After camping in Santa Barbara, Sam and I took the trail to Inspiration Point in Santa Barbara. Two "Inspiration Point" hikes in 2 weeks!
This hike is at the end of Tunnel Road in Santa Barbara. You take the paved Edison Rd for about a mile, and look for the Jesusita trail sign.
You follow this trail to the left and look for a narrow trail farther up the trail on your left. If you miss it, you will climb the mountain to the top and see this view:
We went back down to the trail we missed and eventually came to the creek crossing:
It was beautiful and you can rock scramble up the creek to eventually get to the Three Pools, which is probably about a mile up the creek. If you cross the creek and continue on the trail, you climb the mountain to get to Inspiration Point.
There is some shade, but this hike is pretty difficult on a hot day:
When you get to a minor intersection, take a left to the fire road, and you'll end up at the view point: