Snyder Trail/Knapp's Castle
[out of 5]
|For:||Snyder is longer and uphill. Knapps castle deserves a 1, if you start from the top, because it is very short.|
The owner of Knapp's Castle is living on the property and building something. Unfortunately, the ruins are no longer accessible. But you can still hike the trail.
Snyder trail is a nice hike on its own, or you can make a loop with the Freemont trail. The loop is a nice car shuttle hike if you have a group of people. If not you will wind up walking on Paradise road for about a mile and a half at the end. Freemont trail is a historical trail of sorts, being an old stagecoach route. Or so I've heard. You will also get to hike to an old ruined lodge called Knapp's Castle.
Knapp's Castle can be a short destination of its own on a warm summer night to watch the sunset if you start from East Camino Cielo Rd. instead. See the map and directions to the trailhead.
You will need an Adventure PassPass to park your car at the bottom. Actually, I'm not sure if this is still true so you might ask the ranger to be sure. There is a ranger station on Paradise Road. You don't need an Adventure Pass to park on East Camino Cielo.
Snyder trail on its own is a little over 7 miles.
Snyder-Freemont Loop is done as a car shuttle (which means two cars - one at the start and one at the finish) is about 8 miles. Add another 1.6 miles if you don't have that second car.
Snyder and Freemont Trail UpdatesUpdate trail conditions
Posted: April 12, 2011, 4:00 pm
by: Cross Tie Walker
Posted: November 24, 2010, 7:19 pm
by: Cross Tie Walker
As has been reported, there is some work being done up at Knapp's Castle, but nothing preventing hikers from visitors. There was a phone number posted for information with regard to the property, and it's a movie location/location scouting company. So I suspect the day laborers who were clearing some brush and doing some refitting on the chimney are there preparing the site for a film set. (Conjecture at this point.)
A few photos at http://www.flickr.com/photos/umotamba/sets/72157625457569628/ steep
Posted: November 20, 2010, 3:31 pm
Posted: March 19, 2009, 12:24 am
Today, our girls, now ages 6 and 8, and I had a wonderful trek from bottom to top and back again. The girls have each been carried up this trail as infants and toddlers, but this was the first time they tackled the trek under their own power. We took three breaks on the way up, two to watch mountain bikers pass, bells ringing, one just for the shaded rest and a snack.
It was EASILY 80 degrees today, making for miserable ascents on the sunny slopes where we were protected from the wind. BE SURE TO BRING LOTS OF HYDRATION! Three pairs of mountain bikers came upon us on their way downhill today. All were friendly, polite, slowed (nearly stopped) for us and were having a great time sharing the trail which shows signs of heavy use not ONLY by cyclists, but horses, hikers and at least one bear of considerable size - FANTASTIC tracks today!
FYI - I'm also the JB who posted here July 16, 2005. TIME FLIES!
Posted: January 2, 2009, 7:41 am
Posted: March 23, 2005, 8:31 pm