Noble Canyon Round Trip
ElevationAscent: 2,435' 742 m
Descent: -2,440' -744 m
High: 5,507' 1,679 m
Low: 3,693' 1,126 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 31% (17°)
Popular rides nearby
Big Laguna Trails
9.4 mi 15.2 km • Point to Point • 628 ft Ascent 191.33 m Ascent
Cuyamaca Peak Climb
13.5 mi 21.7 km • Out and Back • 2,509 ft Ascent 764.62 m Ascent
Cuyamaca to Noble Canyon
29.9 mi 48.0 km • Loop • 3,485 ft Ascent 1062.36 m Ascent
Cuyamaca Rancho Singletrack
19.4 mi 31.3 km • Loop • 1,499 ft Ascent 457.01 m Ascent
Stone Mountain Trail
3.0 mi 4.9 km • Loop • 173 ft Ascent 52.77 m Ascent
Santa Ysabel/Kanaka Flats
18.0 mi 28.9 km • Loop • 2,936 ft Ascent 894.87 m Ascent
“A great half day work out with the technically challenging Noble Canyon singletrack.”— Jost Diederichs
Electric Mountain Bikes Not Allowed
Need to Know
- Access to the Cleveland National Forest requires an Adventure Pass. Yearly Pass = $30. Daily Pass = $5. More info here. A daily pass can be purchased at the general store in Pine Valley.
- Many people shuttle this ride, starting from the Big Laguna Campground off of Sunrise highway. That's definitely a good option as well, but it's a loop as mapped.
Once you arrive at the Sunrise Highway, turn right and you'll find the upper Noble Canyon trailhead after about 1/2 a mile. Noble Canyon starts out fairly smooth with a slight climb. With the technical challenges kept to a minimum it's possible to enjoy the long views across the mountains.
You'll cross Pine Creek Road a couple of times along with the intersection to Indian Creek. This intersection is important when riding the Cuyamaca to Noble Canyon - IMBA Epic.
The smooth and fast descent continues until you reach a horse gate. The route becomes much more technical here as it enters the canyon and transitions from forest to chaparral. The trail texture changes to blocky rocks and drops. If you can handle it, speed and momentum is helpful through this kind of terrain.
When the terrain and vegetation changes again from chaparral to desert, the trail narrows and becomes more exposed above the canyon floor. The route is mostly descending with a few short climbs and includes two highly regarded rocky, technical sections: Stairway to Hell and Roman Road.
Towards the bottom of Noble Canyon, the trail will come to an intersection. Turn left here to take a longer route back to the Lower Noble Canyon Trailhead (Pine Creek Picnic Area). This section is smooth with a gradual climb and descent.
Land Manager: USFS - Cleveland National Forest Office