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Knapp's Castle Trail

EASY 139 reviews
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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.

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

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

running

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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
6 hours 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
8 days ago

hiking
1 month 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.

1 month 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
2 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
3 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
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Very easy hike. Beautiful view!!

hiking
5 months ago

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
5 months ago

Very pretty hike

hiking
6 months ago

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
6 months ago

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
7 months ago

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

hiking
muddy
8 months ago

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

8 months ago

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
9 months ago

Super beautiful, especially at sunset

11 months ago

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

11 months ago

Beautiful view! Great for pictures Easy trail

hiking
Monday, July 30, 2018

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

hiking
Friday, July 06, 2018

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

Monday, July 02, 2018

Not much of a hike but a very cool view.

hiking
Friday, June 29, 2018

Not really a hike but great views.

walking
Monday, June 11, 2018

Short walk to great views.

Saturday, June 09, 2018

Beautiful views, perfect spot to watch the sunset!

Friday, June 08, 2018

fun and easy "hike", it's really walking down a dirt road to the castle. The views of the horizon from the castle are amazing. I would def do it again, but be warned it is easy and super short.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Cool old structure, not really a trail more just a dirt road. With ease of access the Castles is filled with instagram models and littered with plastic Starbucks cups and straws.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Beautiful views but it’s not a hike

hiking
Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Very beautiful view! Easy to walk to.

hiking
Monday, December 04, 2017

Such an amazing view at the end of the hike!

Monday, December 04, 2017

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

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