Snyder (Knapps Castle) - Trail, Santa Barbara, California

Snyder (Knapps Castle) - Trail, Santa Barbara, California

DESCRIPTION

The trail is fast and fun. Yet it is one that has been surrounded in recent contraversy. Recent trail work cut out an illegal trail that cuts out many switchbacks. This was necessary, yet additional reroutes were made that cut out the funnest part of the trail,where it got steep and dove into deep saddle. These new sections are slower and really soft since they haven't been rained on. Overall the trail is still really fun with tons of switchbacks, but slower than before. The trail is under much scrutiny and may change alot over the coming year. I will update its status occasionally

USER REVIEWS

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[Dec 09, 2013]
TonyInderbitzin
Weekend Warrior

I was just visiting Ventura, & riding by myself. Oddly, there are no rides listed for Ventura, so Sanat Barbara was the next best thing. Most of those trails were described as very rocky, expert level. So, although I'd call myself an expert cyclist, I didn't want to risk injury or getting lost on this ride by myself in an unfamiliar area.This ride was described as intermediate & not very rocky. The climb was all asphalt, mostly shady & not very steep except a few hairpins in the last 2 miles. Almost no traffic & real pretty. The downhill was killer. I rode it in Dec 2013, the day after quite a bit of rain, but it wan't very muddy at all. Lots of switchbacks, some rocky sections, some steeper faster double track section. Loved it!

Customer Service

To get there, it was quite a way up the 154 & over the summit, & down on the east side about 2-3 miles. Turn RT @ Paradise Cyn Rd & go less than a mile to Paradise Cyn Store. I parked there (across the street) right at the intersection of Paradise Cyn & Stagecoach Rd. Clear your computer & start riding up Stagecoach. You'll go under the huge bridge you drove over on the 154 & continue up the road. You'll eventually parallel the bridge. Just a few 100 yards past the end of the bridge, turn LT & go to the 154 & turn RT & continue back up the 154. At the summit you should have logged 3.9 miles. Turn left there @ El Camino Ciello. Climb up El Camino Ciello 3 miles. The gate is to the left. You'll see a small black box with a sign that says "Bike Bells". Go past the gate & down the trail.2 miles. You'll see a gate there @ RT (that's Knapps Castle), but go LT at that gate. The downhill's 3.5 miles long & will dump you back onto Paradise Cyn Rd. Go left on the road about 3.0 miles back to your car.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Oct 20, 2012]
Tiop
Downhiller

Great DH shuttle trail! Some good jumps and even some flowy sections that are not found much in SB.

Customer Service

E.Camino ride down to paradise.

Similar Products Used:

Jesusita.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jul 29, 2010]
Scott
Weekend Warrior

Horrible experience. Pregnant woman in a trailer up there has three dogs that she lets roam around. Dogs are taking a dump everywhere, and one of the dogs goes around nipping and biting hikers. Woman comes out of the trailer acting as if she owns the place and tells people that they're trespassing on private property and that she'll call the police. Obviously, very defensive about her dogs nipping at and biting the hikers. She seemed to think that since the dogs didn't break skin, the hikers should have nothing to complain about.

Customer Service

Avoid the pregnant woman at all costs.
Then try to avoid the dogs that bite and nip at you.
Then try to avoid the dog poop.

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
[Feb 03, 2010]
eneff
Weekend Warrior

Great trail to shuttle and downhill. Recently, some great jumps (optional, 2-3 feet) were built. Not too rocky, pretty smooth overall. Stop off at the ruins at the top on the right before taking the left on down. A couple of tight switch backs that can be a little tricky. Wear a bell and watch out for hikers towards the bottom where the trees get dense.

Similar Products Used:

Camueasa Connector, Santa Cruz Trail.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
1
[Jul 31, 2009]
Zachariah666
Weekend Warrior

This trail is a lot of fun. It reminds me of NorCal trails more than any other I've ridden in SB, because it is far less rocky than most others I've been on here (Like Jesusita and Romero Cyn). There are some very fun, flowy spots. One thing nobody really mentions is how steep some parts are - I got going REALLY fast on the way down (again, not many rocks to slow you down)... My hands were cramped up by the time I got to the bottom from squeezing my brake levers so hard for so long. It is definitely possible to do this on a hardtail, but I was grateful for my FS, especially at the top.

Fun Trail, bottom line. I went on a Weds afternoon and I literally saw NOBODY at all, but wear a bell just in case, especially if you go on a weekend. Also, Knapps Castle (at the top) is badass! Check it out for sure.

Customer Service

I didn't have two cars or shuttle access, so I just drove to the "butt tree" (which is really easy to spot), parked there, then rode up to Knapps Castle and then back down to my car. There was a sign that said you need a permit to park there (Forest Service land), but I didn't have one and I did not get ticketed or towed, so...

If you have a DH rig, don't attempt to climb this trail unless you like to hike! All others, I recommend my way. EARN YOUR DESCENT!

Similar Products Used:

Jesusita, Romero Canyon

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Apr 07, 2009]
sjordan72
Weekend Warrior

Long climb up the road. Not steep til the very end but long. I feel it's more of a shuttle or an XC training ride. The downhill was really fun. A few marbles on the doubletrack at the top making the fast corners a bit loose, especially with my tire choice. Lots of makeable hits. The switchbacks are really nice. Good job SB for keeping it clean up there. I especially liked the bells at top and bottom. Nice touch. Of course the hiker with her iPod blasting didn't hear me even though the bell was ringing furiously. I slowed to a stop and called out to her. She looked in a Zen daze and stepped off the trail. I told her another rider was behind me but obviously didn't hear me as she did the same thing to the next person. Will definitely ride there again.

Customer Service

As stated above. I would be tempted to rode up, but I feel that the speed people carry down would make it too dangerous. If I liked riding with cars I would go to the 154 and straight up to E. Cielo and probably save about 30 minutes.

Similar Products Used:

Only had one day riding time. Bummer. Beautiful area.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Aug 03, 2007]
06Rockhopper
Weekend Warrior

This trail is pretty cool. I just rode it earlier today and the condition was ok. It's been really dry up here so the trail is really sandy and dusty. Up at the top and through the middle the trail is all washboard and bumpy.I rode it did fine on a hardtail though. The road to the trail head was closed off 3/4 of a mile away because of fire vehicles. Me and my friend would have done it a third time but fire officials kicked us out because of a nearby wildfire (ash raining down, flames a few miles away, brown sky: great riding)
The trail was really fun, lots of fast dirt roads, switchbacks, and a rockgarden if you take a left at a fork in the trail a ways down. The whole downhill is about 3 1/2 miles and there's almost no uphill sections. There are a few little jumps at the bottom but nothing special. This is really the first local trail I've ridden (I've been up at mammoth though).
This is a great trail that can be done with ease on a hardtail, although it would be a lot smoother at the top with a DS bike. Please be respectful of hikers on the trail. This is a pretty controversial trail but a lot of fun to ride.
If you live near Santa Barbara ride this trail.

Customer Service

San Marcos Pass to East Camino Ciello at a metal gate 3/4 miles past Painted Cave Rd. Pick up on Paradise Rd. at Snyder trail sign

Similar Products Used:

Tunnel, Cold Springs, San Ysidro

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jun 13, 2007]
Gemini2k05
Downhiller

Moved out here from Chicago for the summer, this was the first trail I rode out here, locals took me here as a warm up for tunnel. I must say this trail was FUN. Not too rocky, pretty smooth overall except for the chatter at the beginning. Nice and fast with gorgeous scenery. It's steep so you can take it as fast as you'd like. Overall lots of fun, the switchbacks are a good training spot for sure, I'm gonna ride this a ton to work on my conering.

Rode it on 6-10-07, really dry, some parts you sink in cause its so dry and sand-like. Makes the high speed turns a bit more "thrilling"

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jan 25, 2007]
Mutha Hucka'
Downhiller

Knapps is by far the best trail for all around (besides Whistler) I have ever encountered. It offers high speed turns, tech sections, rock gardens, off cambers and a few whoops. Anyone can do it on a hard tail, but full suspension is the best for speed and all around having your nuts in your stomach from top to bottom. A local rider and trail featured in 'Hypnosis' just kills it in and that is how it should be ridden..balls to the wall. The first part is mostly high speed fire road wit twisting turns, near the middle of the trail it thins out and get rocky and fun. There is a G-out that will bottom out your suspension if you go fast enough. Tons of switch backs, a few whoops, a cool rock garden near the end and then back to a fast fire road.

If you are preparing for a race...haaa,haaa, like Fontucky, then this is a good place to get your speed up before the race. The corners are like riding on rails.

Combine Knapps a few times with Tunnel for a good day. If you dont agree with my statements, then your going tooooooo slow.

Similar Products Used:

Tunnel, Cold Springs, San Ysidro and 'Old Spring'.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Aug 14, 2006]
nanhar
Downhiller

We rode the trail Saturday 8/12. It was in great shape, fast and fun. Only encountered a few hikers. All were pleasant and we had a blast. Did 4 runs!!!

Similar Products Used:

Cold Springs

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
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