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Snyder Trail / Knapp's Castle

Intermediate/Difficult

Trail

3.6 mile 5.7 kilometer point to point
Singletrack
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 29' 9 m
Descent: -1,933' -589 m
High: 2,984' 910 m
Low: 1,078' 329 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 10% (6°)
Max Grade: 22% (13°)

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Trail shared by Bela Bauer with improvements by James M

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

Bela Bauer

Electric Mountain Bikes Not Allowed

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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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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...

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  3.4 from 12 votes

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#743

in California

#10,050

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

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