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Noble Canyon

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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
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Latitude
32.84992056804537
Longitude
-116.5224552154541
Trail Directions
From San Diego go east on I8 to Pine Valley Exit.At the post office turn left or NW follow road 1 mile to hard right follow road to camp ground park in parking area.
Trail Length
7 miles
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Pine Valley
   


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Review Date
May 22, 2016

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 0 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: tony92231 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
Same as other recommend routes.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
All are pretty cool



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Review Date
June 10, 2014

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: SoCalPivot429 ,  Cross Country Rider

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



Comments
ThomasF (08/20/2014)
do you do the 7 mile climb then the decent? is it a straight forward climb or does it get confusing? is it a steady climb? i see its near sunrise highway at the top, is that where the decent starts or is there more climbing after that?
ThomasF (08/20/2014)
do you do the 7 mile climb then the decent? is it a straight forward climb or does it get confusing? is it a steady climb? i see its near sunrise highway at the top, is that where the decent starts or is there more climbing after that?
ThomasF (08/20/2014)
do you do the 7 mile climb then the decent? is it a straight forward climb or does it get confusing? is it a steady climb? i see its near sunrise highway at the top, is that where the decent starts or is there more climbing after that?
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Review Date
January 6, 2014

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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3.00 of 5, 2.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Serf ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
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

Recommended Route:
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.



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Review Date
October 8, 2012

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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4.75 of 5, 4.00 votes

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Reviewed by: JB ,  Downhiller

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
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.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Mt. Laguna Meadow, Cuyamaca, Morena, Anderson Truck Trail, Carvacre Truck Trail, California Riding and Hiking trail, mission trails, Wrights field



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Review Date
June 6, 2011

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: dthomp325 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
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.



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