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.

We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:

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?