A Walk in the Ruins of Knapp’s Castle

roads bel travelled

“There is a castle on a cloud
I like to go there in my sleep.”
-Les Miserables

View of the ruins from the short trail

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…

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