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Noble Canyon

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 4.6 (29)

A phenomenal singletrack descent from alpine meadows through oak forests to the dry desert.


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Map Key

9.9

Miles

16.0

KM

Singletrack

5,515' 1,681 m

High

3,733' 1,138 m

Low

537' 164 m

Up

2,244' 684 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

26%

Max Grade (15°)

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Description

Noble Canyon is actually three rides in one; a descent from alpine meadows, through oak forests, to the dry desert.

Starting from the Penny Pines trailhead on Sunrise Highway, 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.

A lot of great loops can be made out of the trail, or it can be done "California Style" by getting a ride to the top and just enjoying the amazing downhill.

Contacts

Shared By:

Leslie Kehmeier

Trail Ratings

  4.6 from 29 votes

#251

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  4.6 from 29 votes
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#19

in California

#251

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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
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
Upper reaches of the Noble Canyon trail.
Apr 19, 2013 near Pine Va…, CA
Noble Canyon
May 8, 2018 near Pine Va…, CA

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Dec 2, 2021
Scuba Steve
More technical than I expected. 19.2mi — 2h 35m
Oct 16, 2021
Elias Espino
Very dry and dusty at the top, the shaded creek crossings still had water flowing. Rock gardens are always tough here! 13.1mi — 1h 05m
May 1, 2021
Brandon Rigg
Did the loop from the lower trailhead. Noble is clear and running great right now. Recent work by SDMBA to trim back brush in upper noble is great. 21mi — 4h 00m
Feb 6, 2021
Eddie R
Snow and ice at the top. Lower few miles clear.. 5mi — 11h 00m
Jan 3, 2021
Michael Brunetti
Oct 21, 2020
Travis Kish
10.5mi — 3h 00m
Jul 10, 2020
Tom A
Oct 26, 2019
Aaron Hickson