Inspiration Point - Hiking

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Straightforward (and popular) hike that finishes with a spectacular view.

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Steve McCann


4.0 miles

Destination Distance From Downtown

3.1 miles


2 of 5 diamonds

Time To Complete

2 hours


All Seasons

All Seasons

Dog Friendly


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Inspiration Point



The name says it all! The Inspiration Point hike gives you one of the best views overlooking Santa Barbara and the Channel Islands. It’s a good hike to bring out-of-towners to, since it is pretty straight forward and finishes with a spectacular view. 

What Makes It Great

The name says it all. Hikers will be treated to incredible vistas of the landscape below throughout the hike, culminating with the very best views at the summit. It's not a very difficult hike, which makes it suitable for kids and casual hikers who want a good workout. Looking back at the snake-like ridge as it twists to the ocean is especially striking. For photographers who are up for the task, snapping a sunrise from the top of the trail is a feast of early morning colors. 

Who is Going to Love It

It's a great hike for anyone who wants to be inspired! The views from the top really have to be seen in person. Even hikers used to more strenuous days out will enjoy a trip to Inspiration Point. 

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

The trailhead is located at the end of Tunnel Road. You’ll follow the paved, and then dirt, access road for about a mile. Once you come across the creek bed, you’ll continue directly across and up. This hike is about 4 miles round trip, and is a great place to capture some photos.  If you’re looking for a bit more of a challenging hike up to Inspiration Point then you can also take the Jesusita Trail, which is about 7 miles roundtrip and about double the elevation gain. Other hikes from this trailhead lead to Seven Falls and Cathedral Peak.


Inspiration Point

Santa Barbara, CA,
34.461728, -119.71422

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