Noble Canyon Trail

MODERATE 61 reviews
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Noble Canyon Trail is a 19.9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Pine Valley, California that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

19.9 miles
3070 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash



horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips





wild flowers




Directions from Pine Valley, CA: Nobel Canyon Trail is accessed from Noble Canyon Trailhead located off Pine Creek Road north of Interstate 8 near Laguna Jct.

5 days ago

Did Laguna to Pine Valley 10.5 miles. Being 64 somethings were challenging for me

1 month ago

We only hiked 6 miles of it, but overall a nice hike. Fairly mellow, but hot with little shade. Bring plenty of water!

3 months ago

flying bugs (knats) when close to the creek, annoying, but we got through it.

fun, beautiful hike. lots of picturesque moments.

take plenty of water

3 months ago

Top section from Laguna campground, mile marker 22.5 off Sunrise Hwy, is unreal. Los Gatos trail is super fun. Noble canyon is a butt kicker!

3 months ago

We only walked in for about 4 miles but it was all downhill so prepare for the way back to be all uphill! Lots of mountain bikers which was a little much for us but the variety of landscape kept us happy. Looking forward to coming back and trying the whole thing!

mountain biking
6 months ago

Hard trail, bring plenty of water

7 months ago

Trail is incredible, definitely better than I am (on MTB). Don't go in July! Had 3 Liters each, still ran out of water on the round trip.

8 months ago

The trail isn't too difficult, but it definitely isn't easy. Rocky with a steady climb on the south end. Lots of mtn bikers, not many hikers. It was more high desert terrain & it was hot! I'd love to do this trail again, but it's on my fall/winter/spring to-do list rather than summer.

8 months ago

The continuous stream of idiots on mountain bikes going down hill and taking blind turns at 40mph really detracts from the experience. With that said don't expect to see much in the way of wildlife.

9 months ago

Great trail with a nicely maintain path. Very serene.

10 months ago

We got a late start on a Monday night so we weren't able to hike the full trail. We made camp about 3 or so miles from the Pine Valley trailhead. The trail is diverse and was better than we expected. There is tree coverage in certain areas but other sections are open. It got pretty warm on our way back to the car but we were lucky to have a cool breeze. We plan to bring friends out as an intro to backpacking since this one is so easy to get to and not too strenuous.

Monday, December 12, 2016

nice trail well maintained. just be careful of the mountain bikers. it's 10 mils one way.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Backpacked this trail last weekend. Started at the Noble Canyon Trailhead in Pine Valley. It was hot in Pine Valley but cooled off as I ascended. A great ascent, going from essentially desert (lots of yucca and some cactus), across the Pine Valley Creek, into oak forest, and then ultimately in pine forest. The gnats were really bad down near the water! Bring bug spray! I turned off towards the top of Noble Canyon Trail to Big Laguna Trail to camp at Laguna Mountain Campground. Camped for the weekend and then hiked back down to Pine Valley - where it was about 96 degrees! Used 2 liters of water. About 5 hours for the ascent, and 4 hours on the descent. Not too bad...considering this was essentially my first backpacking experiencing in 25 years, and carrying a 40-lb. pack! :)

Sunday, July 10, 2016


Tuesday, June 14, 2016

one of the best trails.

Monday, May 30, 2016

One of the most beautiful hikes in the Laguna Mtns. It's mostly under tree cover, so great to do on the warmer days. It has a gradual elevation gain and loss, making it more of a long leisure hike. Listen for the frogs croaking in late spring and look carefully along the trail to find wild strawberries growing throughout the summer as well!

mountain biking
Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Super fun single track from pine forest loam to high desert rock gardens!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Great hike with many changes in scenery. Be aware around the 9th mile when you are at a huge boulder to go right. It will be awhile before you see a trail marker. We went left down hill and had to backtrack adding a couple miles to the hike.

Monday, September 01, 2014

I found the trail to be in the moderate range. There were quite a few mountain bikers that didn't use the bells on their bikes. The bathrooms were in good condition and it was really beautiful. when I put the location in Google maps it was a bit deceptive on the trail head.

Monday, September 01, 2014

A pretty good hike that most part is easy. Care should be taken if riding a bike in certain areas. Also, there is a box with bells at the trail head. Please get one so those of us that hike can hear you coming. To start at the trail head you need to drive to the Cleveland National Forest Reserve for Noble Canyon, not the starting point given on this map as it is a residential area. Make sure to bring lots of water as you're out in the open for much of the trail.

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