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Knapp's Castle

Snyder Trail/Knapp's Castle

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For:Snyder is longer and uphill. Knapps castle deserves a 1, if you start from the top, because it is very short.
Knapp's Castle
Knapp's Castle - Photo by Ray Ford

The owner of Knapp's Castle is living on the property and building something. Unfortunately, the ruins are no longer accessible. But you can still hike the trail.

Snyder trail is a nice hike on its own, or you can make a loop with the Freemont trail. The loop is a nice car shuttle hike if you have a group of people. If not you will wind up walking on Paradise road for about a mile and a half at the end. Freemont trail is a historical trail of sorts, being an old stagecoach route. Or so I've heard. You will also get to hike to an old ruined lodge called Knapp's Castle.

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 PassPass to park your car at the bottom. Actually, I'm not sure if this is still true so you might ask the ranger to be sure. There is a ranger station on Paradise Road. You don't need an Adventure Pass to park on East Camino Cielo.

Snyder trail on its own is a little over 7 miles.

Snyder-Freemont Loop is done as a car shuttle (which means two cars - one at the start and one at the finish) is about 8 miles. Add another 1.6 miles if you don't have that second car.

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I see. Thx Calli. [quote:976de484d4="calli"]Curious as to how you didn't read my previous posting. The plan to help the community is by PRESESRVATION for the future. If you enjoy the views and ruins, shouldn't our future generations enjoy it as well? The guy who owns the property was very nice by letting us cross over the private lines - and someone betrayed his trust by turning him into the County. Good job, now he has every right to enforce his private property rights and arrest any tresspassers.[/quote:976de484d4]
Posted by: Cross Tie Walker  on  2011-02-13
Curious as to how you didn't read my previous posting. The plan to help the community is by PRESESRVATION for the future. If you enjoy the views and ruins, shouldn't our future generations enjoy it as well? The guy who owns the property was very nice by letting us cross over the private lines - and someone betrayed his trust by turning him into the County. Good job, now he has every right to enforce his private property rights and arrest any tresspassers.
Posted by: calli  on  2011-02-13
Curious as to how the work (now since shut down by the County; see [url]http://nicholshuffles.files.wordpress.com/2011/01/dec-jan-2011-045.jpg[/url]) was intended to help the community. What were the plans? [quote:ab1b6b4008="calli"]In regard to the work being done up at Knapp's - it has nothing to do with a film set or movie production. The new owner is doing reconstructive and prevention construction to help with past vandalism and to preserve what is left for future generations. Despite the "private property" sign trying to deter us from hiking past, the owner doesn't mind; he is a very nice man just trying to help out our community.[/quote:ab1b6b4008]
Posted by: Cross Tie Walker  on  2011-02-13
In regard to the work being done up at Knapp's - it has nothing to do with a film set or movie production. The new owner is doing reconstructive and prevention construction to help with past vandalism and to preserve what is left for future generations. Despite the "private property" sign trying to deter us from hiking past, the owner doesn't mind; he is a very nice man just trying to help out our community.
Posted by: calli  on  2010-12-13
As has been reported, there is some work being done up at Knapp's Castle, but nothing preventing hikers from visitors. There was a phone number posted for information with regard to the property, and it's a movie location/location scouting company. So I suspect the day laborers who were clearing some brush and doing some refitting on the chimney are there preparing the site for a film set. (Conjecture at this point.)
Posted by: Cross Tie Walker  on  2010-11-25
Visited Knapp's Castle this past Friday for the first time in years. I was disappointed to find that the lodge area is now crowded with a trailer and a large amount of construction equipment and debris. Sort of ruins the effect. Just thought I would post to warn those of you planning on visiting soon.
Posted by: pinkmachismo  on  2010-10-31