Knapp's Castle Trail

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Knapp's Castle Trail is a 0.9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Santa Barbara, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

0.9 miles
78 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running



wild flowers


Note: The castle will be undergoing restoration starting in October 2017 so there will be limited access to the ruins. Please obey posted signage. Adjacent Snyder Trail, which connects East Camino Cielo with Paradise Road, remains open for hiking etc.

1 month ago

Such an amazing view at the end of the hike!

1 month ago

Is not much of a hike. However, the views are beautiful, worth it.

2 months ago

Easy hike and beautiful views

5 months ago

It is a very short trail to some pretty cool ruins. There is no marking for the trail on the road, so you will need GPS to get you there.

6 months ago

It's a short trail and average with some good views. Other than the ruins, nothing special.

6 months ago

kids friendly hike! nice views and not too many people. I liked it... :)

7 months ago

This is a very easy hike off the road, but the castle and the view are incredible. We were able to do this hike with out 15 month old. I would note that this is private property which the owner allows the public to use. It's sad that the public leaves so much garbage at the site and does not respect the property more. Please clean up your trash!

7 months ago

Great place for a nice walk and great views, there is a trail to the left that can lead you to more hiking if the castle you think is a short walk..

8 months ago

Have been here many times because of the scenic views. Simple trail walk, definitely a must to see the ruins.

9 months ago

Short, easy walk to some pretty amazing views!

10 months ago

This is more of a mountain stroll to a pretty lookout. No hiking gear necessary. Would be a nice spot for a picnic.

Monday, January 09, 2017

The trail is very short and easy but it's a must see

Sunday, January 08, 2017

Cool ruins and amazing views but there were a lot of people.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

popular place, the views are why. short walk to ruined mansion and easy to find.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

I don't think this is a trail, but more of an old fire road.

It's a nice walk that has a view at the end, nothing more. Usually crowded all of the time.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Great views

Friday, December 18, 2015

Está muy bonito para tomar fotos en las ruinas acre un pequeño dia de campo y luego ir a la caminata el sendero es largo.

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Amazing view. It was a great 5 min hike. Entrance is by a red gate. Do not continue on pass it, you will get lost lol

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Easy and fun!! Loved the ruins..

Monday, October 20, 2014

The path in is a dirt driveway; don't bother if you're looking for a challenge. This is an easy walk with interesting ruins and a beautiful view at the end. The drive through the surrounding area is nice as well. Take a few minutes and check out the painted cave that's a few miles away

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