Noble Canyon Trail
ElevationAscent: 641' 195 m
Descent: -2,352' -717 m
High: 5,570' 1,698 m
Low: 3,717' 1,133 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 29% (16°)
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“A sprawling trail that begins in alpine meadows and ends in the desert.”— Russell Hobart
After crossing Pine Creek Road for the last time, you enter a section of ancient Live Oak trees and picturesque, grassy fields. From here, the trail gets rocky and uneven, and you cross Noble Creek a few times. The oaks are huge and provide plenty of shade for rests along the way.
A little ways into the sixth mile, the trail rises above the stream, and the land gets drier and the view are more expansive. A little past mile 7.5, you reach the Noble Canyon Spur on your right. You can use this to access the Upper Noble Canyon Parking or bail onto Pine Creek Road which is an easier finish.
The next mile and a half is a steady rise along the much drier creek valley until you finally reach the summit of a hill and turn back down. From here, the dusty trail switchbacks its way down to the parking lot which provides needed shade under some large pine trees.
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Land Manager: California State Parks - Cuyamaca Rancho