Noble Knob - TRAIL

Noble Knob - Trail, Greenwater, Washington

Long, and definitely not one you want to do before all the snow melts. Don't ask.

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BizS   Cross Country Rider [Aug 08, 2009]

We started out riding up FS7174, about ~6miles up to the top of Noble Knob trailhead. The climb up was a grind--unrelenting uphill, a bit worse than the uphill to get to Suntop (another 'epic' just across Hwy 410). Once at the Noble Knob trailhead, there is a short section of hike-a-bike (maybe 150yds), then you will hit the nicely flowing singletrack. Watch out for hikers, there are plenty. The trails are marginally marked, as there are plenty of little detour trails branching off, but you can generally tell the main trail. Overall, this is a pretty fast flowing singletrack trail, with a few (I say about 3 or so) sections of hike-a-bike, including 1 section stretching for ~0.1miles next to a waterfall. During the day we went (we got a late start, ~3pm, and got done ~8pm with several breaks in between), it was especially foggy/low lying clouds, so we couldn't see any views, which I'm sure would have been spectacular.

There isn't much technical challenges with the trail, aside from some impossible switchbacks, and short sections of steeps. We followed Zilly's directions, that is, going up Noble Knob trail #1184 then to Dalles Ridge Trail #1173 then to Ranger Creek Trail #1197. We ended up at Camp Shepard, tried to link up to White River Trail, but got lost and ended up going down Hwy 410 back to our car parked on FS7174. All told, a 22+mile loop. The weather was cool (60's, 50's) and cloud covered, but if sunny and hotter, I would have definitely run out of water in my Camelbak 72oz.

These trails are similar to Suntop, with a dash of Devil's Gulch and a tiny bit of Skookum mixed in (when you hit the Ranger Creek trail).

Customer Service

See above for the route. Also, off of Hwy 410, you want to turn onto FS 7174, not what the original poster recommended.

Similar Products Used: For a similar, and probably more challenging 'epic', I recommend parking at the Skookum Flats trailhead, biking up the fireroad to reach Suntop (and don't forget to bike up to the observation post--nice people usually staying there, amazing views of Mt. Rainier), going on Suntop Trailhead proper, and it'll spit you out eventually by the airstrip. Then link up with Skookum Flats to ride back to where you parked. 5+ hours of non-stop biking, you'll be exhausted!!

Or if you like grinding uphill/fireroads, I believe the Kachess Ridge uphill beats both of these!
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Catherine's Dad   Weekend Warrior [Jun 25, 2005]

Noble Knob trail in great shape !!! Only 3 or 4 blow downs on Palisades trail. Lots of fun roots and rocks on the Palisades beware of cliff but you usually see it coming. I always forget how many climbs there are in this ride. Too bad the last downhill is hike a bike. Switchbacks too tight for me.

Customer Service

Don't park at FR7174. Park instead at Camp Sheppard and find trail 1199 White River trail to Buck Creek. Then White River trail to Ranger Creek trail. etc. This really takes some of the sting out of the up hill to the car after a long days ride. If you can find the trail head you could park further NW at trail head 1198 (Green Trail # 238 ) Makes for a longer start but a better finish.

Similar Products Used: Skookum Flats Ranger Creek and if you liked the cliffs on Palisades try out Mission Ridge :)
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Sean Kettley   [Apr 07, 2000]

This is one of the toughest trails I've ridden. The first attempt of this trail left a friend and I sterile for exactly 7 weeks. We parked at the top of the ride and proceeded to ride the 16 miles grueling downhill. Some sections we topped 25 mph, and others were so steep that we had our chests on our seat.

Once we just about exhausted all of our energy holding on to our bikes, we were faced with a 5000 ft climb in just about 5 miles. This not only physically drilled us, but also made us weep like babies with each ensuing thought of turning the cranks.

With this in mind, I suggest a few things: a detailed map of the area, lots of water, and two cars (one at the bottom of the hill and one at the top). This is not a trail for the beginning rider.

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Matthew Sitzmann   [Apr 07, 2000]

I comletely agree with my friends detailed remarks. Sterile is the word for the day. Sterile and numbness...

Sean failed to mention the spectacular views involved with this trail. Some of the best Rainer scenery in Washington state.

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big john   [Apr 28, 2000]

this trail rocks every rider that I have led up there, the snow clears around june and if there is snow it still is fun. If you want to train for NORBA this is the place, but bring your guts because you will loose them the first couple of rides.

Customer Service

same as suggested except park at scookem flats and ride you bike all the way up!

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Garth   [Aug 15, 2000]

This is absolutely one of the best "epic" rides in the state. Lung-busting climb, awesome views of Rainier and the valley, and some of the best downhill singletrack you'll find anywhere. This trail is definitely not for the out of shape rider, it will take most people 4-7 hours to ride the full loop. Shave 2 hours off if you whimp out and do the 2 car shuttle.

Customer Service

Start at Ranger Creek Camp and ride the singletrack south 2.5miles until you get to the FS road then ride another 2.5miles up 2600 ft. to reach the ridgetop trail.

Similar Products Used: Sun Top
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Dan   [Sep 24, 2000]

This is the hardest ride in Western Washington and maybe the best. The views are amazing and you'll feel like you accomplished something at the end of the ride.

Customer Service

Park at Camp Sheppard and ride up, eliminating end of ride climb.

Similar Products Used: Skookum Flats and Sun Top.
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J.P.   [Mar 19, 2001]

Awesome trial! Best single track I've ever riden. lots of steep, technical downhill. Starts with a good climb, then it's all down hill! Wait for the snow to melt, it's much better. Not a trail for beginers.

Customer Service

Take two cars. Leave one at Camp Shepard, one at top. Ride from top.

Similar Products Used: Scookum flats!
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Mark   [Jun 22, 2001]

I heard a lot about this trail and couldn't wait, June 22, 2001. Thar's snow in them hills. What's mountain biking if you don't walk. Still do-able, but the terrain around the snow cakes up the tires.
My a$$ is whooped and I don't expect my frank and beans to work for a while. Totally numb on the climb up. I practiced on Tiger Mountain for this and it paled in comparison. The climb is brutal, 3rd gear for Tiger, 2nd and first for the first 5 miles with 3 breaks, and walked twice. Bonking at mile 5, 17 to go. Bring lots of water and food.
Due to the snow more time was expended and we cut it short at Ranger Creek. SWEEEEEEEEET singletrack downhill for 7 miles and very challenging. Missed the turn off at the bottom and took 410 back to FS7174, 7/10 mile back up to the rig. 18 mile loop for this shortened version and worth the effort.
Most of the trails are on the side of slopes that have a lot of exposure below, DON'T screw up here, walking is the right decision miles from no where.
I hope to go back soon and ride the whole enchilada. I love Tiger Mountain (Preston) for the technical aspect for which it would be hard to replace, but Noble Knob requires more endurance/stamina and the fast smooth singletrack is the longest legal joy ride available.
Bring a camera!

Customer Service

As detailed in John Zilly's book, "Kissing The Trail". FS7174 is the turn off from 410. If you are in great shape, follow book recommendations, if not, take two cars as everyone states and ride from the top.

Similar Products Used: Preston RR
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bikemike   [Jul 01, 2001]

The ride up can be done middle ring the whole way. Just went this past weekend (06/30/01) and there are only three small snow patches left. Bring directions, cause you don't want to miss out on the 7 miles of schweet singletrack. for a lot of the downhill, the dirt is like you dream about- dark, sticky, and soft which makes for great riding. Definite endo potential in several places. Count on 3-5 hrs for the whole loop and make sure you have food and gatorade waiting in the car-- gives you good motivation to make those last two miles.

Customer Service

Don't be a sissy and shuttle. Park at the bottom and ride up.

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