Snyder Trail / Knapps Castle

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About this trail
The trail is a combination of old roads and hiking trails (~14.5 miles for the loop option). Moderate difficulty. In Lower Santa Ynez Recreation Area. Elevation gain 2100 feet to East Camino Cielo Road. Popular for downhill mountain biking.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Q: There is no .gpx data and therefore does not seem to be a trail showing for this ride? -Eltoca21

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Granny Gear

December 24, 2016
Tex Granny Gear  
Review: Total blast to shuttle. One of the best trails in the county.

Granny Gear

November 2, 2015
Copealish Granny Gear  
Review: Trail is in good condition, dirt is a little dry under drought conditions. Good work out to ride as up and back I don't reccomend as a loop unless you want to ride a long paved uphill road. A few tight switchbacks some fun fast sections to let it rip not super techy like some of the other front country trails. Fun reccomend the ride.


September 30, 2014
Gawin Trailblazer  
Review: a serious workout to climb, I think most people shuttle this trail. The downhill is great with some technical areas.

Bunny Hop

April 20, 2014
Review: starting from the santa barbara ranger district park and go up fire road. great area for a short ride only went up about a mile or two cuz it was 6am and too foggy to explore for my 1st time but found great dh trail that spit into two others that looked good..

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