Noble Canyon - Trail, Pine Valley, California

Noble Canyon - Trail, Pine Valley, California

DESCRIPTION

7 miles up and 7 miles down smooth and fast at top turning rocky and technical as you descend. can get pretty warm in summer and dusty

USER REVIEWS

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[May 22, 2016]
tony92231
Weekend Warrior

This is the first real trail I have ridden. It was wicked fun!!!!! Fast and flowy with rocky sections. Rode last week, trails were in great condition. Since this was my first trail almost lost control in a few turns. After a few runs got the hang of it.

Customer Service

Same as other recommend routes.

Similar Products Used:

All are pretty cool

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jun 10, 2014]
SoCalPivot429
Cross Country Rider

Awesome trail. Follow the link to a video I shot there May of 2014.
https://vimeo.com/92522058

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jan 06, 2014]
Serf
Weekend Warrior

This is some FUN DIRT!!! yes rocks too. We did this ride in a lil bit of wind. The picnic lot was empty. We did see a few people doing a shuttle and was told to ride up the trail "dirt" cause the road was to exposed. We flipped a coin and did not want to hike a bike so we rode the road. It is not a 2 lane county road it is an access road with very few cars. Yes there are some steeps and some "oh my we have to go up that", or "no way I can make it to there that's far". We made the climb in 2 hours we all ride Trek Remedy's so we know what to expect. We crossed Nobel Pine the 1st time and said there she is as we kept climbing til the 2nd crossing. From here we made the decision to go down. Now I am not a bomber I am not a freerider I do not huck. This trail is challenging all but the best will walk a lil. The top was smooth and flowing we passed a dog and his two hiking friends "love it", we passed two guys going up who grunted something like "yeah we know this is a downhill". Hell with that! if they rode the Nobel Pine Trail all the way to the top WoooHoooo good for them. I will try one day too. From there you have a slight incline nothing major. It flattens out and drops a lil but you really think you have gone off course cause it did not take that long on the rode to get to the 2nd crossing. Trail is well marked as you will see a sign for Cuyacama (sp?) stay left and you will finally come back down to the road. Here is where the fun began as you drop into the trees you realize you bought your bike for a reason. To get away and see what only nature can offer. The Canopy of the trees is awesome the rocks the water oh my!!!! Then you hit a switch back and you realize that dedicated individuals really love this trail and do work on it, please support them. As you get into a flowing rhythm and start finding yourself floating down the trail she will throw a few rocks at you. on Widow maker we passed three guys not one of them had a HELMET!! Really come on cant teach stupid as I say. We got to Roman Rd and Stairway to Hell yes we walked that section. You then have a lil climb up then a lil down then a lil up at the fork we went left. We made it back for a beer and a Charger Win "bring on Denver"!! Before we left the no helmet team asked for a ride back up???? Seriously we rode it. Get Dirty

Customer Service

We parked at end of Trail - Picnic Area. Road UP "Yes Road UP" no shuttle earn your downhills. Mtn biking is a green sport. You got a heavy downhill rig that flys past everyone on gravity runs. Great have fun pedaling up.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Oct 08, 2012]
JB
Downhiller

This trail is wicked fun. It's probably my favorite trail around. I usually start at the Big Laguna campground and go through the meadow first before descending so the ride starts out flowy and easy, but when you finally get on Noble, it gets rocky. It's still flowy up at the top, but, as it drops in elevation, it gets rockier and rockier. There are many portions throughout that have a fun flow to it and others (Staircase to Hell) that are very technical. There are a few creek crossings although they're nothing to worry about. Watch out for poison oak though when you're down in the canyon along the stream - there's a lot of it. Eventually, you drop out of the trees and into the desert terrain and down the Staircase to Hell - probably the most technical section on the trail. Once you cross the river, its a terrible sandy uphill stretch to the top of a saddle. The section immediately following is very flowy, but quickly gets rocky and technical again. Before you know it, you're at the bottom. There are some optional rock, dirt, and log jumps scattered here and there throughout although the horseback riders who also frequent the trail have grown to hate bikers and knock down any jumps they find so don't count on the same jumps always being there. As I alluded to above - share the trail! Hikers and horses also use the trail so be wary of them and give them space and respect so we can keep using these trails.

Customer Service

Start at the Big Laguna Campground off of Sunrise highway (about mile-marker 21 I think). Park by the bathrooms and from here, keep riding out the same main road until you come to the first trail on the right (hidden by some branches). At the first intersection, take a right and go through the fence (you are now in the meadow). Keep right again at the second intersection and go through the wash. At the next intersection you will go over a cattle grate and through a fence, then take a right. Follow along the fence line and over the small wooden bridge to the next intersection. Keep left through two small intersections in quick succession that go to the same place. You will now go across a small earth dam of one of the little lakes and come to another intersection. Here, take a right. This will take you up a short, winding uphill. You end up at another intersection by a large fallen tree. Follow the trail marker instructions for Noble Canyon and take a left. You will shortly come to another (the last) intersection - take a left here. This takes you down a short, fun downhill to the paved road - Noble Canyon trail is off to your right. Follow it down to the parking lot.

Similar Products Used:

Mt. Laguna Meadow, Cuyamaca, Morena, Anderson Truck Trail, Carvacre Truck Trail, California Riding and Hiking trail, mission trails, Wrights field

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jun 06, 2011]
dthomp325
Cross Country Rider

Holy balls, Noble Canyon was a great ride. That was one of the best trails I've ever ridden.

We were a little nervous about making it to the top, because my friend was on a single-speed, so we wussed-out and rode Pine Valley (a paved road) to the top. The ride up was fine on my all-mountain bike, but my friend had to walk a couple of the steep sections with his single-speed.

The descent had a little bit of everything. It started out with smooth, flowy, fast singletrack, dropped down into a creek bed with several optional small to medium sized rock and log jumps, and then dumped you out of the woods into scrub forest with several rocky, chunky sections. Save some energy for a final sandy climb up to a saddle, followed by another fast, flowy descent with many optional jumps, which gradually gets rockier and more technical as you approach the parking lot. In addition to the sweet trail, the scenery was pretty great the entire ride, and the weather was perfect.

Some of the reviews available online make the trail sound much more intimidating than it actually is. There are no drops, or other moves with big consequences, and there really wasn't as much exposure as I expected after reading other reviews. There are some rocky chunk sections, but nothing that's too dangerous unless you're riding faster than your ability level. My GPS died halfway up the climb, but I'm pretty sure the entire ride was less than 20 miles, so I don't think I would call it an 'epic' ride, but it sure was fun.

This trail is prefect for an all-mountain bike, but my friend rode almost everything on a single-speed hardtail. There are several creek crossings, and I would suggest bring a bottle of lube. We didn't and I could barely get in and out of my pedals by the end.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Sep 06, 2010]
Steven
Downhiller

Noble Canyon is probably the most overrated trail in San Diego. This is definitely not a downhill trail, I rode every obstacle first time without trouble. If you are an XC rider looking for an epic single track then this is the place to go, any bike with more than 6 inches is overkill and you'll find yourself doing more hiking than riding. It gets really hot in the summer so make sure you have plenty of water.

Customer Service

Shuttle it, you wont regret it.

Similar Products Used:

Anderson, Pine Valley

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jun 04, 2010]
kalipay
Weekend Warrior

WHOA!!! I couldnt' tell which was harder - the climb up or the plunge down. After riding this trail via internet i decided to give it a go before summer peaks. Started at Pine Creek Road parking lot and went uphill via asphalt road and it was manageable as long as you pace yourself. After a litte over six miles, I headed down at the first crossing and right then and there I wished I wasn't riding by myself and that I brought a hydration pack instead of a water bottle and a seat wedge. Even with 5 inch suspension, I managed to scrape and ding the bottom of my frame and so i decided to do hike-a-bikes on lots of areas. Cramping, out of water and energy gel, I made it back to my starting point in two hours and 15 minutes. NEVER again will I ride this trail alone, but maybe I will when I'm better prepared.

Customer Service

Any route as long as it's downhill :)

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Mar 31, 2009]
rhone ranger
Downhiller

Yep, put it up there with Toad's, Porc Rim(almost), Oat Hill Road, Chimney Rock, and Romero Canyon(not quite that technical)!! Lengthy, nearly epic climb to the top and then miles of rocky rippin fun back to the parking lot. Don't let the climb work you into bringing your hardtail, pull the five-inch travel bike out of the quiver and enjoy a few jumps on the way down! Alittle body armor is not a bad idea either!
Start early so you can enjoy the whole thing and do a few do-overs as well. The whole area has a pretty special vibe including the trailhead/parking area, so leave some time for the post ride festivities.

Customer Service

Gotta pay to play so leave the shuttle behind: do the whole thing and you'll have a story to tell the grand kids about! It can get pretty cold in the canyon: break out all the gear and fill up the 1.5l camelback.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Aug 22, 2008]
al-B
Cross Country Rider

Great ride and lots of fun. Bring lots of food and water with you. There is a water spring at the top that you can fill up at and the water tastes great!

Customer Service

Take the Indian Creek trail to the top and ride Noble down for a fun mixed ride. You can follow the paved road to the big oak and then take that fire road and it will lead to ICT, take a right and you are on your way. Just make sure that you bring a trail map.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Dec 20, 2007]
Jose
Downhiller

so i rode the dh segment of this trail and boy is it fun the stair way to hell my favorite part. super rocky very very technical and just a fast hard trail. i have only been ridgh for about a yea no and i wable to do it sue fast no problem. key thing to doing this tri is too kep your speed up. also near the end lots of uphill ( ithought so) not very fun for us downhill guys

Customer Service

go to the trail head and park then just go up the along the road some more till u c a other road going offto the left follow that road and it will take you to the dh trail head easer then if you were to take the trail there.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
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