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Noble Canyon Round Trip

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Trail

18.9 mile 30.5 kilometer point to point
60% Singletrack
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Elevation

Ascent: 2,435' 742 m
Descent: -2,440' -744 m
High: 5,507' 1,679 m
Low: 3,693' 1,126 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 31% (17°)

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A great half day work out with the technically challenging Noble Canyon singletrack.

Jost Diederichs

Electric Mountain Bikes Not Allowed

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Overview

A paved fire road (closed to motorized vehicles) connects the bottom Noble Canyon trailhead with the top. The return is pure singletrack down Noble Canyon. There a a couple of miles rather technical sections. Carry your bike on those if you care.

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.

Description

You simply follow the paved road all the way until it ends at the Sunrise Highway. About half way there is a sharp right turn (a beautiful shade tree on the left - nice resting place). At this turn you could also go straight onto the Indian Trail, which ends on the Noble Canyon trail near the top.

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.

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May 9, 2020
Joaquin Ramirez
May 2, 2020
Forrest Brown
Long climb on a fire road but run descent. 18mi — 2h 45m
Oct 26, 2019
Aaron Hickson
Sep 11, 2019
Adam Bagby
The description and comments so far cover just about everything need-to-know here, except, when I come back I'll be bringing a mosquito repellent! 17.7mi — 2h 20m
Jun 26, 2019
guido vindro
Perfect conditions with a challenging downhill 19.6mi — 4h 30m
Jun 6, 2019
Chris Garrison
Jun 1, 2019
Kuest 33
first time riding this trail. Awesome! cant wait to get back! 11.6mi — 2h 22m
May 18, 2019
James Bishop
19mi

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  4.6 from 63 votes

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Photos

The Roman Road on lower Noble Canyon
Apr 19, 2013 near Pine Va…, CA
Randy cleaning STH!
Sep 5, 2018 near Pine Va…, CA
NOBLE CANYON!!! My new favorite MTB trail!
May 24, 2018 near Pine Va…, CA
Ninja shred!
Sep 5, 2018 near Pine Va…, CA
The lower reaches of the Noble Canyon trail travel through the desert.
Apr 23, 2013 near Pine Va…, CA
Noble Canyon
May 8, 2018 near Pine Va…, CA

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