Aug 29, 2020 · Knapp’s Castle is a very popular hike in the hills above Santa Barbara, both because it has fantastic views and because it is less than a mile round trip. As of 2020, the hike is on private property and it is no longer accessible to the public since it is being rebuilt.
Knapp's Castle is a privately owned landmark ruined mansion in the Santa Ynez Mountains near Santa Barbara, California.It was built in 1916 by George Knapp, the estate included 5 bedrooms, an organ room, and even an observatory.
Knapp's Castle is a frequent escape for locals when Santa Barbara is foggy (usually May and June) because the mountain top is usually above the clouds with a spectacular view of a non-foggy backcountry. To drive to Knapp's Castle exit the U.S. 101 Freeway at Highway 154 and then turn east on Camino Cielo Road at the top of the Santa Ynez Mountains.
According to the Santa Barbara Independent, the Santa Barbara County Planning Department issued a “stop work” order on any construction at Knapp’s Castle at the beginning of 2011. Based on the posted notice, it is possible that changes to the ruins could come in the future. Hike to Knapp’s Castle while you can.
- East Camino Cielo, Santa Barbara, 93105
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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 Pass Pass to park your car at the bottom.
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- E Camino Cielo Santa Barbara, CA 93105
Now a popular hiking destination, Knapp’s Castle in the Santa Barbara hills was once the luxurious home of a chemical magnate who had the good fortune of selling the estate just weeks before it ...
Knapp's Castle Trail [PRIVATE PROPERTY] is a 0.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Santa Barbara, California that features a great forest setting and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
Tucked high up in the hills of Santa Barbara lays the skeletal foundation of what was once an elaborate “castle”. George Owen Knapp built the 160-acre home in 1915. Born in 1855 in Massachusetts, Knapp was a businessman and civil engineer by trade. He helped found Union Carbide Corporation and served as company president for 22 years.
By Robert Bernstein Saturday was a nice day to drive up into the mountains to see some places I had not visited for years. Our main destination was Knapp's Castle, but we also made stops along the way. Here are my photos arranged in several galleries and a video. Our first stop was the Chumash Painted Cave State Historic Park on Painted Cave Road. Here are my photos. Here is the overall view ...