Knapps Castle

The Ruins, Santa Barbara

Added: December 17, 2013

LOCATION:
In the Santa Ynez Mountains above Santa Barbara.

DISCUSSION THREADS:
……………..Santa Barbara sloping………………. (RCGroups)

MAP INFORMATION:
34.5194°N, 119.7928°W • Google Mapstopozone.com

FAVORABLE WINDS:
NW works best at Lower Ruins and  N works well at Upper Ruins (top of the hill)

WEATHER OBSERVATION LINKS:
AT923 San Marcos Pass (MesoWest), 2 mi. SW of slope.
LCPC1 La Cumbre Peak
(MesoWest), 3.9 mi. WSW of slope on ridgeline,
LPOC1 Los Prietos
(MesoWest), 1.75 mi. N at bottom of the canyon.

WEATHER FORECAST LINKS:
NOAA/NWS Local 7-Day ForecastNOAA/NWS Zone ForecastNOAA/NWS Area Discussion
National Weather Service Graphical Forecast Map

GENERAL NOTES:
Epic lift in moderate NW. wind. This location is an alternate site for Weaselfest when the wind doesn’t favor Ellwood Bluffs. Search the RCGroups Slope forum for more information about Weaselfest.

This site is also known as Knapps Castle.

DRIVING DIRECTIONS (CLICK HERE for map):
Starting point: Junction of US-101 and California 154 (San Marcos Pass Rd.

From NORTHBOUND US-101:

  • EXIT US-101 on the State Street/154 ramp.
  • Go straight across State Street on Calle Real.
  • Go 0.3 miles on Calle Real and TURN RIGHT on San Marcos Pass Rd. (154)

From SOUTHBOUND US-101:

  • EXIT US-101 on the State Street/154 ramp.
  • TURN LEFT on State Street.
  • TURN LEFT in 100′ at San Marcos Pass Rd. (154)

Continue:

  • Go NORTH 7.4 mi. on San Marcos Pass Rd. and TURN RIGHT on El Camino Cielo.
  • Go EAST 2.1 mi. on El Camino Cielo to junction with Painted Cave Rd.
  • Bear LEFT on El Camino Cielo and continue for another 0.9 mi. to parking area (turnouts).

Walk in:
The foot trail to the flying site goes to the right and winds up the hill from the metal gate across the fire road. The trail is short, but it’s very steep in places so take your time going up.

GPS WAYPOINTS:
34.44136,-119.76003 = Junction: US 101 & San Marcos Pass Rd.
34.50989, -119.82281 = Junction: San Marcos Pass & El Camino Cielo.
34.51361, -119.79724 = Junction: El Camino Cielo & Painted Cave Rd.
34.51851, -119.79322 = Main turnout near trailhead.
34.51932,-119.79281 = Flying area.

All coordinates on this page are WGS84/NAD83 map datum.