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andiesel 04-15-2011 06:46 PM

Anyone live in SB/Goleta?
Looking to do an early morning ride tomorrow or a late night ride tonight. Nothing crazy...maybe up to Knapp's castle. Anyone local? :)

metrochica33 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.

Fossboss 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.

andiesel 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 :)

There's also a hot springs up in the foothills...there's a blog about the spot: Agua Caliente Hot Springs Songs of the Wilderness

with pics, directions, etc.

Xjman1 04-17-2011 09:34 PM

Let's do this. If anyone is interested, I will be heading out of Oxnard this weekend to Hungry Valley for some quad riding and wheeling. May spend the night up there.

metrochica33 04-19-2011 04:20 PM

Xjman1- where us hungry valley? Is it a vehicle trail as well? I've had my jeep for two years but have never taken it out 4x4ing. I'm eager to try it though. You from Oxnard?

Xjman1 04-19-2011 10:33 PM

Hungry Valley is an offroad park located in Gorman. There are many trials and most Jeep trials are fairly easy there. There is also a 4x4 Training area to play in. Yes I am in Oxnard.

Fossboss 04-20-2011 02:37 PM

What is the training area like? It's pretty nice for people that have never been off roading?

metrochica33 04-20-2011 04:41 PM

Good question fossboss, I was wondering the same thing.

andiesel 04-20-2011 05:42 PM

bleh...I started the thread and now realize I have no available weekends until late May/early June.


Xjman1 04-20-2011 10:37 PM

Check link for info

Off Road Training Clinic - Day 1

Hungry Valley SVRA

metrochica33 04-21-2011 12:42 AM

Awesome resource XJman1!! Thanks for the link.

Xjman1 04-21-2011 06:47 PM

No problem here to help and learn myself.

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