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Snyder (Knapps Castle)

Average Rating:    (4.38 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 16

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
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Latitude
34.534419485405195
Longitude
-119.85397338867188
Trail Directions
from the 101 take the 154. Make a right at Paradise Canyon road. The trail head is on the right side of the road about 3 miles down. There is a large oak tree with a huge knob on it that looks like a butt. Its not signed well so look for the "butt tree". Park there and ride back toward the highway, at Paradise store make a left up Stage Coach road, It climbs gently for 7 or 8 miles. then cross the 154 to East Camino Ciello road. Follow East Camino for about 3.5 miles and the trail will be on the left side at a gate. Drop in and follow it down there is a branch about 500 feet down the fire road. Go to the right and there is a burnt out house with huge stone arches and fire places this is Knapps Castle, a good spot for lunch. To the left is the trail
Trail Length
3.5 miles of trail 13 miles of road
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Santa Barbara
   


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Review Date
December 9, 2013

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 0 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: TonyInderbitzin ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
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!

Recommended Route:
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.



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Review Date
October 20, 2012

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Tiop ,  Downhiller

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

Recommended Route:
E.Camino ride down to paradise.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Jesusita.



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Review Date
February 3, 2010

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 1 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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2.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: eneff ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
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.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Camueasa Connector, Santa Cruz Trail.



Comments
mpbspt (03/14/2011)
As far as your 1 out of 5 in aerobic difficulty - try riding uphill for once . . . . . . . .
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Review Date
July 31, 2009

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Zachariah666 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
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!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Jesusita, Romero Canyon



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Review Date
April 7, 2009

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: sjordan72 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
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.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Only had one day riding time. Bummer. Beautiful area.



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