Snyder Trail

HARD 13 reviews
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Snyder Trail is a 6.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Santa Barbara, California that offers scenic views and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

6.4 miles
1,876 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly



mountain biking

nature trips



A mix of road and trail that descends the back side of the Santa Ynez Mountains.

5 months ago

Good moderate hike. Some sun exposure so depending on your comfort pick an early time!

7 months ago

I would not rate this hike as “hard” was more like a moderate. Distance was a bit longer than AllTrails stated..Great hike to do in moderate temps as there would not be x lot of shade in the summer months. A fire break line has been cleared up most of the trail which I would assume would have been used during the Thomas fire if needed. Kind of unattractive right now but the plus side is that you don’t have to worry about poison oak and ticks and the views are still fabulous.

7 months ago

Great hike! Started at the top near Knapp’s Castle! Good workout!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Nice challenging trail, 7 miles. Starts at the top and goes downhill, the way back is uphill.

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

The trail runs from Camino Cielo above to Paradise Road below. It starts and ends on roads, but is single track in the middle. Knapps Castle is off a side road near the top and Wellhouse Falls is off an old spur road near the middle. I hiked down it and down toward the waterfall, then finished the route down and tried to get back to Camino Cielo via Fremont Trail. The waterfall spur is somewhat maintained for a while, but the road has become a creek and I stopped where it dropped over its own waterfall. I'll return when it is more likely that the waterfall is running and the trail isn't about to run. The main trail is easy to follow and well maintained. The same could not be said for Fremont, so I was back up along Snyder. There is a trail sign to show where the trail is at the bottom, but you need to know where you are going to find the top.

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