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Noble Lake via PCT is a 9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Markleeville, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, camping, horses, and backpacking and is best used from June until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Length 9.0 mi Elevation gain 1,594 ft Route type Out & Back
Dog friendly Kid friendly Backpacking Camping Hiking Horseback riding Running Forest Lake Views Wild flowers Wildlife Washed out
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Getting There

California Travel and Tourism Commision, P.O. Box 1499 , Sacramento, CA, 95812-1499, Phone: 800-862-2543

Directions from Markleeville: Travel along Hwy. 4. Approximately 13 miles up the road you will pass Kinney Reservoir. Look for the Trailhead Parking sign on the left. If you reach the Summit sign, you have gone about 1/3 mile too far.Driving time from Carson City is about 11/2 hours.

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Nancy Lewis
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HikingGreat!

This trail requires climbing both ways. It’s about 9 miles to and from the lake. It is exceptionally beautiful but physically challenging. Tiny peaceful lake.

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Andy Westhafer
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Eloisa Pulaski
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HikingGreat!

Easy to follow, passes some creeks or wet areas but overall at this late time in summer pretty dry. Still some late flowers on the trail.

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Jared Amalong
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Cubblesnickles .
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Joshua Pelham
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great hike, many small waterfalls, beautiful country. well recommended.

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Matt Oswalt
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Backpacking

Conditions were great. Only one small snow traverse just past the lake.

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Glenn Gamble
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closer to 9 miles than 8! great hikr though!

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Hiking

Great trail and views. If just making the trek to Noble Lake for the day, go a little further to the saddle overlook. Views are spectacular Not much in the way of wildflowers this time of year

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Chibi Techu
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Hiking

Great views during most of the hike. It is closer to 10 miles round trip, just as others are saying. We loved this hike.

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Britta Greenwald
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Backpacking

Sept 1-3, wildflowers were abundant along the trail with multiple creeks still running, and a few patches of snow still visible. The air was perfumed with the scent of pine trees and flowers. The last stretch up to the lake was challenging in terms of climbing and minimal shade, but still well worth it. Trail was in great shape, but as other reviewers have mentioned, this hike is about 10-11 miles round trip. My spouse and I used this trail for backpacking, using Noble Lake area as a base camp. Note there is only one good campsite right beside the lake, but more options slightly past the lake where there is a nice meadow with panoramic views of the nearby peaks and easy access to water from Noble Creek. Views of the sunrise and sunset are gorgeous from this meadow. If staying more than one night, I highly recommend hiking farther south along the PCT. We day-hiked about 6 miles (round trip) to Asa Lake from our campsite near Noble Lake. Though Asa Lake itself is lackluster as a destination (except that it has a spring- good place to filter water), the journey there from Noble Lake takes you over a (very windy) pass that opens up to breathtaking views of Highland Lakes as well as surrounding valleys and meadows.

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Connie King
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Great trail but it’s 10 miles round trip not 7.7 like the app says

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Sia Va
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Backpacking

This was our first backpacking 1-night hiking trip. We chose this as it was stated to be only 7.7 miles. We weren’t too sure what to pack and didn’t want the load nor trail to be too taxing on the body. We are beginner hikers as well, with only hiking about 5 mile day-hikes. It was a great hike. Moderate, but challenging to us, with the inclines and altitude. Met many friendly PCT hikers, as well as the day hikers. Trail was beautiful with an abundance of wildflowers, rock formations, waterfalls, streams to cross, snow on the mountain top, and 2 sightings of deer. This trail actually was closer to approx 9-10 miles for us.

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Gloria English
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Hiking

My husband, friends and I hiked this trail today. We used two GPS receivers and both of them recorded this hike as over 10 miles ( not 7.7 miles) We stayed on the trail and did not go off trail. Nobel Lake is more like a pond. This is a great hike, lots of wildflowers. We did see about 15 PCT thru hikers. We gave out fresh fruit and candy bars. Some of the hikers had been on the trail for 100 days. They loved our goodies!

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Chelsea Hayes
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This trail is so beautiful! I cannot wait to come back later in June to make it to Nobel Lake and continue on to Highland Peak. Highly recommend. Just a heads up - there is still quite a bit of snow on the trail, but the early stages are passable. I'm not sure about later down the trail as I didn't make it far today due to a time constraint. Come prepared for snow and enjoy!

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Stephen H
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Hiking

Very nice scenery. Lots of alpine wild flowers. Interesting rock mixture of volcanic and granite. We used the trail on the way to a climb of Highland Peak.

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Francis Mueller
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Beautiful hike. Mostly level. Crosses stream in several places. We never found the lake but probably didn't walk far enough.

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Nice

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Sara kroon
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Pasha Bitz
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Carol Crouch
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Eugenie Bedier Cabot
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Seavron Banus
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Nikki Warren
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Roland Wu
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keung h
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Kenneth Hazelet
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Mohit J
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Jay Lee
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Kristin Goularte
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