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Santa Barbara Hikes

Knapp's Castle Directions

Snyder Trail and Knapp's Castle

This part is the same for both Snyder Trail and Knapp's Castle:

From the Mission, corner of Laguna and Los Olivos Street in Santa Barbara...

Get on US 101 going northbound by taking Laguna St. to Mission St. (toward the ocean).

Turn right on Mission St.

Follow Mission St. to the freeway and take US 101 north.

Take the State St./154/Cachuma Lake exit. Follow the signs to 154 West.

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To Snyder Trail

Drive up 154/San Marcos pass for several miles, crossing to the other side of the mountains and crossing over Cold Spring Bridge.

Turn right onto Paradise Road. About two and a half miles into Paradise Road you will pass the Fremont Campground.

Continue on for about another 1.6 miles where on the right side of the road you will see a tree with a large bulbous growth on it. It's a very odd looking tree, you can't miss it. Pull into the area near the tree where you may see other cars parked. This is the trailhead for the Synder trail. There's even a big sign with stuff posted on it, including a map to the trail.

To do the Freemont Loop

If you are doing a car shuttle you should drop off you passengers and go back the 1.6 miles to the Fremont campground to leave your cars by the side of the road there. They will be happily waiting your arrival when you finish your hike. See the map. There is only one map made for this hike.

You will need an Adventure Pass to park your car, but handily the Forest Service sells them along Paradise Road. Can't miss the signs.

The hike begins where you left the first car, at the bulbous-growth tree.

Just Knapp's Castle

Following the above directions...From 154, turn Right on East Camino Cielo Road, which is about a mile or two past Painted Cave Road. Drive for 3 miles and park at a gate crossing a dirt road on the left. You'll need an Adventure Pass to park your car.