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Snyder Trail / Knapp's Castle

Intermediate/Difficult
 3.4 (12)

Fun ride (shuttle or out-and-back) with great views over backcountry and the Santa Ynez valley.


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3.6

Miles

5.7

KM

Singletrack

2,984' 910 m

High

1,078' 329 m

Low

29' 9 m

Up

1,933' 589 m

Down

10%

Avg Grade (6°)

22%

Max Grade (13°)

Dogs Off-leash

E-Bikes Not Allowed

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Description

Most people do this as a shuttle ride from Camino Cielo down to Paradise Road. The fire road at the top starts at a metal gate on Camino Cielo, a few miles east of the junction between Camino Cielo and Painted Cave Road. It can also be done as an out-and-back ride by starting at the parking lot on Paradise Road (Adventure Pass required).

The climb is tough, but almost completely rideable if you have strong legs. The downhill is really fun and very fast. The top section is wide-open with a few jumps. In the middle section there are a few tight switchbacks and some rocks, but nothing scary. Towards the bottom, it gets narrow and steep in a few places, only to meet a fireroad and get wide-open again at the very bottom.

I recommend taking the short side-trip to Knapp's Castle, if just for the views.

Be sure to get a bike bell, distributed by the Santa Barbara Mountain Bike Trail Volunteers. The bells help other users on the trail be aware of mountain bikers. Also, please stay on the main trail and don't use the shortcuts!

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Shared By:

Bela Bauer with improvements by James M

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  3.4 from 12 votes

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  3.4 from 12 votes
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#883

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Upper part of Snyder Trail
Aug 26, 2013 near Goleta, CA
Middle section of Snyder trail
Aug 26, 2013 near Goleta, CA
View from Knapp's Castle
Aug 26, 2013 near Goleta, CA

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Dec 5, 2020
Justin Ooms
Nov 3, 2019
Tony Boughman
Rode and pushed up from bottom. Trail is totally cleared of brush (thanks to the trail crew!) Dry marbly upper section. Nice flow!
May 12, 2019
Meredith Miraglia
Aug 5, 2018
James M
Jun 20, 2017
Eddie Scipio
definitely need a shuttle. very fast as well
Jun 11, 2017
Bede Pittenger
Trail looks fine. Uphill is tough, especially the first two miles...