“There is a castle on a cloud
I like to go there in my sleep.”
I love castles. Knapp’s Castle, unfortunately, was destroyed in a forest fire during the 1940s and all that’s left of it are sandstone ruins, fireplace pillars and some of the wall structures. This private property in Santa Barbara, California has a panoramic view of Lake Cachuma and Santa Ynez Valley. The owner is generous enough to open it to the public. The road to get there is paved but quite narrow and filled with twists and turns.
Once you get to the trailhead, park at the side of the road. I would not consider this a hike. It would be better to arrive early because it is a popular destination spot. It should be less than a mile from the trailhead to the ruins and back.
Below are several pictures of the ruins. If you decide to visit, you’ll probably see a lot of couples, engagement photo shoots, and tourist. In our case, we had to deal with a few drunk teens who mostly stayed out of our way but were still loud and obnoxious enough to be somewhat of a nuisance – or maybe I just prefer some peace and quiet during my hikes with nature.
I hope you enjoyed the pictures as much as I somewhat enjoyed visiting Knapp’s Castle.
My tips for this trip:
1. This should only a side trip if you’re in the Santa Barbara area.
2. Even if it’s only less than a mile round trip, always bring a bottle of water with you. It offers no shade and it does get hot during the summer.
3. There’s a debate on whether an adventure pass is needed to park on the side of the street. Make sure to double check before you go.
4. There are no restrooms in the area.
5. Bring a camera. Check out the link below if you’re looking for a new camera.
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