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The Hidden Castle In Northern California That Almost No One Knows About

Everyone has heard of the famous Hearst Castle down in San Simeon, but barely anyone knows about this famous family’s secret estate in Siskiyou County. Wyntoon, as the magnificent residence is called, is closed to the public and people can not tour it like Hearst Castle, which is now managed by the California State Park system. It’s located right on the McCloud river however, and as long as you stay off the shore, it is okay for curious but respectful visitors to paddle on by.

As you can see in this helpful YouTube video, it’s possible to paddle right along the breathtaking castle.

The water here is really lovely, although it’s important to be mindful of the strong currents and wear a life jacket. This year was an especially stormy winter, so the river will be flowing even stronger than normal.

This historic and incredibly interesting residence is like nothing else on earth.

What do you think about this hidden castle in Northern California? Would you ever paddle up the river for a glimpse of this interesting estate?

Jill S.
Jill is a freelance writer from a small Northern California town and lives in the Sierra Nevada mountains. If you have an idea for an Only In Northern California story, email her at jsanford@onlyinyourstate.com.