Looking to do an early morning ride tomorrow or a late night ride tonight. Nothing crazy...maybe up to Knapp's castle. Anyone local? :)
04-16-2011 02:16 AM
Knapps castle? Where that? I live in Ventura county, Santa paula to be exact. I've been looking to meet other people in my area to go off roading with. I've never been on a trail so I guess you can say I'm new to it.
04-16-2011 02:31 AM
I should meet up with y'all. I live in woodland hills but i spend my weekends in ventura.
04-16-2011 12:19 PM
Knapp's Castle are ruins off of the 154 in SB: "The land was bought in 1916 by Montecito resident George Owen Knapp, a wealthy industrialist. It took four years to build the sprawling 100-ft long mansion, which was complete with pipe organ, observatory, dining hall, a long hallway, five bedrooms, and additional buildings such as a studio, cottage, servants' quarters, and superintendent's house. Twenty Italian stonemasons were brought in to build the castle. Water was pumped from several waterfalls on the eastern end of the land.
In 1940 the property was sold to Frances Holden who asked her friend, the famous Opera-singer Lotte Lehmann, to come and live there with her. Only five weeks later it was destroyed by a forest fire."
It's off of East Camino Cielo. It's mostly all paved road but a really cool hike out to the ruins, and there's plenty of fire roads up there...the trick is finding them :)