Noble Canyon Trail

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Noble Canyon Trail

Taking a break

*Photo credit: Jose Galaz - Compliments of San Diego Mountain Biking Association

Elevation Change



10 miles one way/15 miles one way with BLT connection

Pets Allowed




Hike/Ride Time

Full day



Best Seasons

Fall, Spring, Winter


Can be accessed from the Penny Pines Trailhead on Sunrise Highway, or Mile Marker 19 on Sunrise Highway .

Ranger District

Descanso Ranger District - (619) 445-6235

The Big Laguna Trail to Noble Canyon connection, is largely hailed as one of the best rides in Southern California. Those who have not experienced this unique single-track trail, with its challenging inclines and scenic vistas, are missing out on one of the premier recreational opportunities in the country. Popular with mountain bikers, trail runners, and hikers alike, the skill level can vary from easy to difficult depending on the chosen connecting trail. On its own, Noble Canyon stands as one for the more ambitious rider or hiker, with nearly 10-miles (one way) of ledge hugging switchbacks, steep slopes, and jagged rocks, finishing the ride can occasionaly require some walking.

Noble Canyon intersects the Big Laguna, Sunset and Pacific Crest Trails extending to the El Prado and Laguna Campgrounds for the outdoor and overnight enthusiast. For an easier route, users can begin at mile marker 19 and trek through Sunset Trail before hitting the fork to Big Laguna and eventually Noble Canyon. 

For more information on hiking this trail, please see our Spotlight: Noble Canyon Trail. For a list of other trails in your area, please see our Recreation Trail Guide .

At a Glance

Fees $5/vehicle/day or Adventure Pass
Closest Towns: Pine Valley, CA
Operated By: Forest Service

General Information

Directions: To reach the upper end, take Sunrise Highway from I-8 (near Pine Valley) and drive north 13.5 miles to just past the second cattle guard on the highway. Vehicles should park on either side of the highway in the paved turnouts. The trail departs the western turnout and is marked by a small sign. The lower end of the trail is reached by driving 1.2 miles north of Pine Valley on Olde Highway 80, then 1.6 miles north on Pine Creek Road.



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  Area/Length : 
10.0 miles

  Elevation : 
3740 - 5420