Knapp's Castle Trail is a 0.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Santa Barbara, California that features a great forest setting and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 0.9 miles Elevation Gain: 91 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

walking

forest

views

historic site

Note: As of April 2019, there is ongoing construction on the castle ruins. There is still access to the hiking trail. Adjacent Snyder Trail, which connects East Camino Cielo with Paradise Road, remains open for hiking etc. Please obey posted signage.

hiking
private property
11 days ago

looks like they are building the new house right in the middle of the ruins. you basically can just see the old chimney and part of the foundation from the trail. looks like there is still a tree swing. we couldn’t get that close because the gate is only open when the construction workers are there, and they had just left for the day. still nice views of lake cachuma and you can hike down freemont trail.

hiking
2 months ago

This is a nice, short hike. Lots of interesting things to see.

hiking
3 months ago

This is definitely easy hike and it comes with stunning view! The road up to the castle offers nice panoramic of the Pacific as well. There was construction materials around, I don’t know what are they building and when it done. Maybe visit center or chapel? Very nice place for picnic, The Snyder Trail is going down from the castle to canyon, it is 4.2 miles RT. ( but it is steep, good workout). it is spectacular and a nice breeze.

hiking
3 months ago

It's just a long driveway to their house they are building. View is amazing though.

hiking
4 months ago

This is a very short “hike.” They are building a visitor center in January 2020 right now. I don’t know when it will be done. There is a road that goes down lower that you can get a little bit more of a hike out of. We did 2 miles. It will be nice when the fire pit is done and there’s a way to get out of the wind. Great views.

hiking
private property
4 months ago

Someone is rebuilding the “castle”. It looks like they are putting in fencing and a gate. It will very like be inaccessible in a few months/weeks.

hiking
5 months ago

Cave mountain

hiking
7 months ago

This is not a hike its just a private property with a house under construction

hiking
7 months ago

There’s a beautiful view up top. The castle itself is so so. Not worth the drive up to the trail if you ask me.

hiking
private property
7 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

As people have noted, this isn't really a hike but rather a walk. still, it is easy and dog friendly, both of which we needed due to a recent injury and having our pup with us. The castle area was open on September 1. There was construction material around so they are not done but we had access to the area. As other reviewers have noted, there is a trail that intersects with this one close to the castle which looks to be a major workout.

9 months ago

This is definitely not a "hike," but the views are spectacular! Bring a picnic and please don't leave any trash behind. If you want a work out, you can explore Snyder Trail when you get to the fork.

hiking
10 months ago

Not much of a hike, but the views are beautiful. There were construction workers there when we went but I think they are used to having visitors. Worth seeing if you’re in the area but it’s not really a hike you would do for exercise.

hiking
10 months ago

Super easy hike to incredible view! Lots of construction still in beginning of July, but for sure worth it if you’re in the area!

recorded Knapp's Castle Trail

hiking
private property
11 months ago

hiking
Mon May 27 2019

Very easy hike. Beautiful view!!

hiking
Sun May 05 2019

The directions on this map start at the top but I would recommend starting at the road at the bottom of the hill. Overall nice hike - not too difficult. Would rate as a moderately hard hike. Beautiful views and a nice breeze.

hiking
Sun May 05 2019

Very pretty hike

hiking
Wed Mar 27 2019

Super easy hike for amazing views at the castle (under construction) but even better if you hike up the hill further. The Santa Ynez Valley is gorgeous when it’s green like today (late March)! The road up offers nice panoramics of the Pacific as well.

hiking
Sat Mar 23 2019

This is a walk along a road. It goes in downhill and back out uphill. It passes around two locked gates. The building remains are under construction but there were no issues with access. It was a cold and windy day when we went and at Knapp’s Castle it is full exposure to the wind. Parking is available for about 4-5 cars directly across the road from the first gate. I enjoyed the views of Chumash Lake and the surrounding mountains.

hiking
Sun Feb 17 2019

need to come back -- raining/snowing too much and no visibility

hiking
muddy
Wed Jan 23 2019

Fun little trail run. They are rebuilding the castle. The guys were on lunch break and I was able to run up to it but was only there for a few minutes

Sun Jan 13 2019

One of the most popular trails in Santa Barbara. At the start it’s a gradual decline to the ruins of Knapp’s castle. There are beautiful vistas on a clear day, it’s usually crowded but pretty short overall. A lot of new construction happening. There’s a rope swing on the side that’s fun. -Verified Completed-

hiking
Sun Dec 23 2018

Super beautiful, especially at sunset

Sun Nov 11 2018

not really a trail but if you near it do it. the view is awesome from the house. great for all ages because it's so easy

Mon Nov 05 2018

Beautiful view! Great for pictures Easy trail

hiking
Mon Jul 30 2018

Easy and interesting. Drove along Camino Cielo afterwards. Perfect for an after work outing

hiking
Fri Jul 06 2018

This was a great starter for small children. The ruins make it feel like an adventure and the views are fantastic.

Mon Jul 02 2018

Not much of a hike but a very cool view.

hiking
Fri Jun 29 2018

Not really a hike but great views.

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