Knapp’s Castle | Camp Brand Goods

Knapp's Castle Camp Brand Goods

Knapp's Castle Camp Brand Goods

Location: Knapp’s Castle Ruins in Los Padres National Forest near Santa Barbara, CA

Just recently, I took a spontaneous, week-long trip to Southern California to visit my friends and family there. One of my brothers was home from college and my other brother was celebrating his birthday so it was the perfect excuse to go back to my home state and see all of my people.

On one of those happy sunny California days, my brother and I teamed up with life-long best friends of ours, Hannah, Emily, and Henry, to have our own little road trip and see the ruins of Knapp’s Castle in the Santa Ynez Mountains near Santa Barbara.

Knapp's Castle Camp Brand Goods

After a long drive, we found the trailhead inside Los Padres National Forest and we started the short hike to the Knapp’s Castle. (From where we parked to the ruins is about 0.8 miles)

Knapp's Castle Camp Brand Goods

Knapp's Castle Camp Brand Goods

Young, scrappy, and hungry.
(emphasis on hungry)

Knapp's Castle Camp Brand Goods

We all grew up in Southern California so how did we never know that there were castle ruins in these mountains? In any case, we had finally discovered them and we were ready to explore.

Knapp's Castle Camp Brand Goods

Outfit Details: Orange Crush Tee – Camp Brand Goods | Black Jeans – Levi’s Made in the USA |
Arizona Sandals – Birkenstock

Knapp's Castle Camp Brand Goods

Camp Brand Goods sent me their fantastic Orange Crush Tee to review and share with all of you. I have a dream of one day owning my own orange Volkswagen Bus that my husband and I can restore and then travel around the country in, but that’s a dream that’s a long way out from now. This comfy loose-fitting tee makes me grin every time I wear it because it reminds me of that someday hope. And even though my dream isn’t even close to being realized, this tee was the perfect companion for our adventure in to Knapp’s Castle.

Knapp's Castle Camp Brand Goods

There is a saying around these parts, “If it’s not comfortable, it’s not Camp”. Since day one, it has been our mission to create high quality casual wear that reflects our lifestyle of enjoying the outdoors and supporting those who do the same. Camp Brand Goods hails from the foothills of the Canadian Rockies and you can find our products keeping people warm around evening bonfires, under the diamond filled night sky, and inside your favourite mountain town taverns. Whether it’s a summertime bike ride, a lazy Sunday morning walk with man’s best friend, or a weekend in the mountains, you can trust us to keep you comfortable wherever you chose to go.

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Knapp's Castle Camp Brand Goods

Knapp's Castle Camp Brand Goods

Knapp's Castle Camp Brand Goods

Knapp’s Castle was built in 1916 by George Owen Knapp. In 1940, the 160-acre property was purchased by Frances Holden who invited her friend, the opera singer Lotte Lehmann, to live there. Tragically, five weeks after the invitation was extended to Lotte, the castle was destroyed by a forest fire and now only bits and pieces of the original seven structures remain standing.

Knapp's Castle Camp Brand Goods

Knapp's Castle Camp Brand Goods

I’d go anywhere with these girls.

Knapp's Castle Camp Brand Goods

Knapp's Castle Camp Brand Goods

If you ever have the chance to be carefree and climb on top of castle ruins, take it. 

Knapp's Castle Camp Brand Goods

Knapp's Castle Camp Brand Goods

Knapp's Castle Camp Brand Goods

Knapp's Castle Camp Brand Goods

Knapp's Castle Camp Brand Goods
I’m friends with the best of them. We’re California kids who grew up together and even though we may be moving on with our lives and some things may have changed, some things will never change. It makes my heart happy to know that we can always pick up where we left off and escape together.

Knapp's Castle Camp Brand Goods

Knapp's Castle Camp Brand Goods

“Stuff your eyes with wonder, live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories.”

Ray Bradbury | Fahrenheit 452

Knapp's Castle Camp Brand Goods

Our selfie was sabotaged. #HelloWind

Knapp's Castle Camp Brand Goods

Knapp's Castle Camp Brand Goods

Knapp's Castle Camp Brand Goods

Knapp's Castle Camp Brand Goods

Knapp's Castle Camp Brand Goods

We explored, climbed, laughed, and risked our lives on a makeshift rope swing. We kicked off our shoes and scampered along stone archways and precarious paths. I wore through the sole of one of my Birks and fell down in the dirt. Sun-baked and windblown, we left the Knapp’s Castle just before a large group of hikers came through. We had the ruins to ourselves for some time, though, and being alone together in a castle in the mountains is a rather remarkable experience.

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  • What a cool place! I love exploring new and different spots. 🙂

    • It is one of the coolest places I’ve hiked to in California. Thanks for stopping by, Lecy!

  • Cianna Reider

    Looks like a great place to hike! And cute clothes!

  • What a fun place to hike!

    • It definitely was! I love hikes that have some fascinating destination to them.

  • I love how California always has a hiking place to go to! I love that photo of the Young, scrappy, and hungry. 🙂

    • Haha – thanks! I couldn’t resist a Hamilton reference. 😉

  • linda spiker

    LA still has some amazing hiking spots!

    • Yes it does! We usually love the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook, but this was was cooler and definitely worth the drive!

  • How gorgeous! I love desert hike! <3 Also, Young, Scrappy, and Hungry… Hamilton anyone?!?!? 😉 I'm obsessed!

    • I know, Susannah! I’m obsessed too! I couldn’t resist a Hamilton reference. 😉

  • Hannah Farrell

    I Love all the hiking spots in Cali! Me and my hubby visit often, and one of things we always have on our to do list is find a new good hike! Soo beautiful!

  • that’s cool that there’s castle ruins there! Seems like a fun place to go for a hike!!

    • The castle ruins are amazing! It made the hike so much fun!

  • Wow! Visiting castles and forts is my most favourite thing! The view and the hike and everything is just completely awesome. Such beautiful photos!! 🙂

  • I am loving your shirt! Haha and it looks so calm and peaceful. Just looking through your pictures calms me down. Haha

  • Looks like an absolutely amazing day of exploring! Hope y’all had fun 🙂
    XO Amanda | http://www.glitterandspice.com

    • It was an amazing day for sure! Thank you Amanda!

  • This looks like such a cool adventure! I did not know there were castle ruins anywhere in California. Also, love that shirt!!

    • Thanks, Shannon! It’s one of my favorite tees! 🙂