noble canyon trail ebbetts pass

And, I had been thinking about doing it this coming Friday (6/18/11). It’s incredibly fun but takes skill. A junction with the Noble Canyon Trail is reached on the western canyon wall (don't worry, you mostly hike on a gentile, well-graded path with scenic switchbacks) after about three miles south from the Ebbett's Pass Trailhead. Glad you liked the video! Show more Show less. You also get your first glimpse of the ancient volcanic nature of this area as you approach the PCT. Pacific Crest Trail at Ebbetts Pass South to Noble Lake. Totally worth it for the views. Section One: Connector Trail and PCT to Noble Lake The nice thing about this hike is it includes an outstanding section of the Pacific Crest Trail to Noble Lake. 5735 ft. Silver Hill Road: 56.3 90.6. Then there is the Noble Canyon Trailhead and then Ebbetts Pass. Both are beautiful but for camping Wheeler Lake is far better than Noble Lake IMHO. Ruth and I learned that about 15 years ago when we set out to hike the 30 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail from the Sonora Pass on Highway 108 to the Ebbetts Pass on Highway 4. 55.5 89.3. At this turn you could also go straight onto the Indian Trail, which ends on the Noble Canyon trail near the top. To the north, the trail follows scenic, rolling terrain about three miles to Upper Kinney Lake, passing smaller Sherrold Lake along the way. Beautiful scenery with lots of tree shade. Add a Symbol . With the technical challenges kept to a minimum it's possible to enjoy the long views across the mountains. We counted no less than 20 different varieties along the way, and it is possible there were more that we just missed. I think you’re right about it being more difficult than the hike from woodchuck basin to the ridge, but if you go all the way down to Wheeler Lake I think the climb back out is a bit tougher. Great site Joe. Noble Lake Via Noble Canyon Trail is a 10.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Markleeville, California that features a lake. Noble Lake Via Noble Canyon Trail is a 10.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Markleeville, California that features a lake. I suspect the stream crossings will be formidable not to mention the snow. Flank of Nipple reveals beauty of Upper and Lower Blue Lakes, and the backside of Round Top towering over Summit City Creek. To add to the … There is WAY too much snow on the ground… several feet and I would guess there will be well into July this year! I visit South Lake Tahoe and hike there a lot, and had never explored this area before. That said, I would still recommend always carrying map and compass. Just this weekend I did Upper Yosemite Falls and Vernal via Mist Trail to Nevada Falls with 35 lbs pack (just to give you an idea of where my fitness level is currently). The Ebbetts Pass Trailhead brings long distance backpackers to a wide variety of route choices while crossing the Carson Iceberg. It is recommended for mountain biking. We’re going to start our hike from the paved PCT trailhead parking area.  The turnoff from California State Route 4 is about four tenths of a mile North East of Ebbetts Pass.  The trailhead parking area has room for quite a few vehicles but if you find it overcrowded there are several alternative parking opportunities up at the pass.  The trailhead parking are also has a couple of vault toilets. You will see at least a few through-hikers on any section of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) in the high Sierras during the summer, but its segments around Ebbetts Pass are great for day hikes. Spectacular - let's go now! 5823 ft. East Carson River, CA : Crossing. All Rights Reserved. The trail head is easily missed. Going south on the PCT involves dropping into a deep drainage before climbing way up to Noble Lake, and going north involves very little elevation change and wide open views. The first part of our journey is on a mostly South bound spur trail that we take for about two tenths of a mile where it meets up with the PCT.  We’re going up hill but at a gradual pace, only gaining a bit over 80 feet by the time we get to the trail junction.  This first stretch of trail is mostly under tree cover but there are some areas where the wildflowers were beautiful. From here you can walk all the way to Yosemite, if you want, or you can just stop at Noble Lake and catch nice fat brook trout. We’ll stay to the right, on the PCT and continue working our way up the canyon wall. Turn left onto the PCT, going south. Thanks! Start by parking at the Ebbetts Pass Parking Lot. From the crossing of Noble Creek, we start making our way up the Eastern side of Noble Canyon.  This side of the canyon is much more exposed, hot and dry.  Still, the scenery is awesome and there were wildflowers everywhere. You are hiking in the woods most of the time so it stays shaded for a good portion of the hike. Follow the trail out a short distance to connect with the Pacific Crest Trail. Views north across Filaree Flat draw the eye toward the craggy heights of Garnet Peak and the high desert peaks beyond. PCTRI already has some feedback on this segment. Access is from California Highway 4 at Wolf Creek Road and Ebbetts Pass, California highway 108 at Sonora Pass, and Mill Canyon Road to Golden Gate Road off U.S. Highway 395 south of Coleville, California. Trail is clearly marked. Ranger District. Spam? Create Recommended Route or Trail . GPS has me at 13 miles not the 10 the map says. Recommend but be careful. Noble Lake-- A great four mile hike along the Pacific Crest Trail, heading south from Ebbetts Pass. Continuing on, about another third of a mile from the last stream crossing, and now about 2.57 miles from the trailhead, we come to a fifth perennial stream crossing and about a little over a tenths of a mile further we cross Noble Creek.  Noble Creek is still shallow, but wider than this the rest of the streams we cross.  If you’re going to get your feet wet by accident, this is probably where you’ll do it.  Still, though we had to use stepping stones to cross, it was easy to do so and neither of use got wet. Glad you enjoyed the hike! However, a number of great day hikes are available from the two trailheads at Ebbetts Pass. We climb to 8852 feet and then drop down a little to our destination Noble Lake.  The area surrounding the lake has very little to offer in terms of cover so, for me, this would not be a first choice for a camping spot.  I would not want to be here overnight in windy conditions and particularly if there was a threat of lightening.  However, it’s a great day hike and a nice place to come for a getaway picnic or as a rest stop for a destination further down the trail. Ebikes are not allowed on USFS non-motorized trails. Riding the Pacific Crest Trail at Ebbetts Pass South to Noble Lake. Noble Canyon is actually three rides in one; a descent from alpine meadows, through oak forests, to the dry desert. *13+ MILES* Not a highly used trail so we didn’t see anyone else hiking the trail the whole day. As the trail climbs above the Nobel Creek drainage, it is located on and switchbacks up a ridge that affords excellent views to the north. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, camping, horses, and backpacking and is best used from June until October. Your article was instructive. And we should warn you that in June and early July, the wildflowers on this trail are among the most astonishing in all the Sierra. Wherever you go above Spicer Lake, you’ll probably need snowshoes, maybe an ice axe, and depending on temperatures, maybe crampons. Particularly Special Place. Bring lots of water. This is about an injury or accident Something else? Good scenery and runnable grade the whole distance. The 7.5 miles from Raymond Peak across Reynolds Peak to Ebbetts Pass. Being a jerk / offensive? Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail. The PCT section from Ebbetts Pass to Noble Lake a pretty spectacular display of both volcanic and granite formations all along the way, and in mid July the wildflower display was also pretty amazing. The Noble Canyon Trailhead is located off the fourth horseshoe turn on Highway 4 approaching Ebbetts Pass from the east, and a little under 1 ½ miles past the entrance to the Silver Creek Campground if coming from the east. Early morning sun rises over Ebbetts Pass. Make sure to turn left (away from the highway), and not right (across the highway). The Ebbetts Pass Scenic Byway travels through the Sierra Nevada’s old-growth Stanislaus National Forest, revealing towering mountain peaks, valleys, unique rock formations, and glacier-carved alpine lakes, as it climbs to an elevation of 8,732-feet along this historic trail. Great Article. About two tenths of a mile from the Noble Creek crossing, and about 2.9 miles from the trailhead, we come to a junction with the Noble Canyon Trail which takes off to the left, down the canyon.  This trail follows Noble Creek all the way down to near the Silver Creek Campground on Highway 4. Noble Canyon Route . Also, in conditions like we have now, I would definitely recommend against going out alone. Can be accessed from the Penny Pines Trailhead or Noble Canyon Trailhead. In the middle of the U.S. state lies the California Central Valley, bounded by the coastal mountain ranges in the west, the Sierra Nevada to the east, the Cascade Range in the north and the Tehachapi Mountains in the south. The uphill climb at the end was a killer. I loved this trail! Descanso Ranger District - (619) 445-6235. Then, the trail starts to slope up and breaks out of the trees. To the north, the trail follows scenic, rolling terrain about three miles to Upper Kinney Lake, passing smaller Sherrold Lake along the way. Share a Gem . On this stretch of trail, off to our right we see what will become a very familiar sight.  Most of the rest of the trail will be in ancient, and highly eroded volcanic landscapes.  You can see the boulders and gravel that at one time were picked up and frozen in the lava that flowed here.  I’ve heard it said that there are some sections of the PCT between the Sonora Pass and Ebbetts pass where a compass is virtually useless because  Magnetite deposits overwhelm the earth’s magnetic field and cause compasses to point in the wrong direction. Hubby did the last 2/10 of a mile to the lake while the kids and I ate lunch. Full day. Heading south of Ebbetts Pass, the trail affords hikers and equestrians excellent views of the volcanic geology that dominates and surrounds this section of the PCT (unlike the granite dominated landscape in the Southern Sierra or north near Lake Tahoe). Thank you so much for posting this article. Share a Video . Share on Trail Run Project. Ebbetts Pass is also an excellent trailhead to begin short and long distance loops around the Carson Iceberg Wilderness, as well as being a beautiful hike of a PCT section. I’d suggest contacting SNAC and see if they know anyone who could do this with you. Since you have an early date for Whitney, you might consider trying to use this opportunity to learn how to use an ice axe and crampons. From the stream crossing we climb, very gently, another 114 feet over a little less than half a mile, headed East.  Reaching a peak in the trail, at about 1.2 miles from the trailhead, we turn toward the North and start heading down hill. Whitney (end of June). Ebbetts Pass (Highway 4) area: Highway 4 About my ratings. The first time rider would be in for one heck of a day. The actual trailhead is at the Southern end of the parking lot.  At the trailhead you will find an information board about the Carson Iceberg Wilderness Area and a wilderness permit station.  If you plan to spend the night on the trail, you’ll need to fill out one of the wilderness permits available there. I’m going there over the Memorial Day weekend (MDW) and want to do some training hikes in preparation for my climb on Mt. Hardier hikers can follow the trail southerly as it enters the Carson-Iceberg Wilderness … Adventure Pass Required if parking at the Noble Canyon Trailhead. The first 2 1/2 miles are mostly a slight downhill along the way, with nice views of Noble Canyon … There is a giant dome you can climb up on to get great views! The last time I checked, there was a huge amount of snow even as low as Lake Alpine. Best part was from parking lot to the waterfall. Please explain. Does get quite hot in the summer/late summer. Flag Inappropriate Post. If you’re interested in current conditions, you can try posting an inquiry to our forum or the one on bigtreestech.com. Great hike, but more difficult than we had anticipated. 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 rated as difficult and is primarily used for hiking and trail running. By reading your article I realize I was going the right way and next time I’ll be able to find the lake. Different routes exist usually involving a combination of the Noble Canyon Trail or a scramble from nearby Silver Peak. I’m visiting friends near Bear Valley and read your blog about Ebbetts Pass to Noble Lake Trail. 5955 ft. Wolf Creek Road: 54.4 87.5. 53.9 86.7. Difficulty. Hikers enjoy the expansive views of mountain ridges with craggy, ancient volcanic peaks, steep slopes, wild cliffs and brecciated rock formations. This was Chris’s first trip up Ebbetts Pass and only my third (the first being a failed attempt at summitting Silver). From the Penny Pines Trailhead, cross Sunrise Highway and pass through the gate to commence westward travel on the Noble Canyon Trail. SONORA PASS to EBBETTS PASS: Curve between sharp ice-hewn boulders on this 27.2-mile stretch surrounded by red volcanic peaks. Noble Canyon has its reputation for a reason. Follow the trail out a short distance to connect with the Pacific Crest Trail. I especially liked the video – It is nice seeing what the hike would be like before attempting it. Make sure someone knows where you are going and when to expect you back. Fall, Spring, Winter. -At the beginning of the trail you must cross a wide creek, there is a good log to walk on, Ebbetts Pass to the Hoodoos above Eagle Creek, Mokelumne River to Deer Creek via Hermit Valley Trailhead, Lower Gardner Meadow, Wolf Creek Pass and Asa Lake, Upper Gardner Meadow via Highland Lakes Trail, Highland Lakes Upper Campground to Arnot Creek, Milk Ranch Meadow via Tyrone Meadows Trail. Finally decided to continue on the PCT but wasn’t sure if I was heading toward the lake so a half mile past the intersection I turned around and went back to the trailhead. While the PCT is best known for its long-distance backpacking opportunities by the infamous thru-hikers, a number of great day hikes are available from the two trailheads at Ebbetts Pass. Kyle and I started from Noble Canyon, taking the gentle trail for a little over 2 miles until it was time to get serious and head uphill. Fine article. Description. My hiking book was not very descriptive and I got confused when I got to the Noble Canyon/PCT intersection and wasn’t sure which way I was supposed to go since the book didn’t mention it. The 2,650-mile long trail crosses Highway 4 just east of Ebbetts Pass in Alpine County. That last climb up the scree slope was hot with winds gusting at least 40mph. Hiked in June and passed over snow and through some creeks. The Carson-Iceberg Wilderness is located south of Markleeville, California. It was a flat easy trail. From the turn to the South that we made, we continue another 0.46 miles to a second stream crossing.  In just a about a tenth of a mile we come to our third crossing, and in another two tenths of a mile we come to our fourth.  When we hiked the trail this time, each of these crossings was either an easy step across, or there were easily navigable stepping stones.  I would imagine that depending on how much snow, how fast it’s melting, or if there’s rain, they might be a bit more challenging but for us they were easy to cross and a welcome thirst quencher for Brandi and Chewy, our dogs. This was another great trail easily accessible from California State Route 4.  I hope you get the chance to enjoy it as much as we did.  Remember, depending on snow conditions from the prior winter, the best time to try it might be from late July to early August. Begin your ride at the trailhead parking lot east of the pass. This trail was fantastic! Two tenths of a mile after we start going down hill, we come to a sharp turn to the right which ends up heading us in a Southerly direction, going down the Western wall of Noble Canyon. It is 5 miles from Ebbetts Pass. The trail starts flat, and then meets up with a junction with the PCT. Keep this in mind when looking at how I rate my hikes. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. From the junction with the Noble Canyon Trail, we head South, then East for a little over a third of a mile where we come to our seventh, and last, stream crossing on our way to Noble Lake.  Here we start a series of long switchbacks which take us up, somewhat rapidly, almost 400 feet in a little over 3/4 of a mile. As the trail climbs above the Nobel Creek drainage, it is located on and switchbacks up a ridge that affords excellent views to the north. Great trail but LONG. I also liked seeing that the trail was extremely well defined and looked like it would be tough to loose the trail when you are walking on it. I was thinking of hiking from Ebbetts Pass to Noble Lake then on to Bull Lake and Wolf Creek Trial to Wolf Creek Meadow. Heading south of Ebbetts Pass, the trail affords hikers and equestrians excellent views of the volcanic geology that dominates and surrounds this section of the PCT (unlike the granite dominated landscape in the Southern Sierra or north near Lake Tahoe). At the trail junction we’re going to turn left, toward the East.  This is actually the Southbound direction of the PCT and if we were to follow it for a few months we would find ourselves at the Mexican border, East of San Diego, California.  Were we to take the North bound PCT, in about the same amount of time we would find ourselves at the Canadian border.  From end to end, the PCT is 2.650 miles long!  Today however we’re only going to be hiking a small fraction of that. After having taken the PCT toward the East (South bound), we continue our gradual climb for less than a quarter mile at which point we turn toward the South, and  then Southwest while heading down hill for about a third of a mile. Look for the turnout on the hairpin past the campground. The trail discriptions and pictures are great. Best Seasons. There isn’t much parking. Gorgeous vistas, much more difficult than Woodchuck Basin. Yes, the trail is well defined. At the bottom of the gentle slope we’ve been going down, at about seven tenths of a mile from the trail head, we came to the first of several small stream crossings.  Most of these streams appeared to be from melting of nearby snow fields that were quickly shrinking.  I’m sure that a few weeks earlier and these snowfields would have crossed our path and a few weeks later, they’ll be gone.  The fact that the snow is still there and still melting is why, even on July 31st, it looked everywhere as though spring had just arrived. Hi April, I would rate this for intermediate to experience to kamikaze level riders. 28 miles on the Pacific Crest Trail: Carson Pass to Ebbetts Pass. 3.01 miles South from Ebbetts Pass to the Noble Canyon trail junction. Noble Canyon starts out fairly smooth with a slight climb. I want to get some altitude training with a 35 lbs pack – can you recommend a good place to hike and get a good workout? Hardier hikers can follow the trail southerly as it enters the Carson-Iceberg Wilderness and climbs about four … If you have not done snowshoe backpacking before, I’d suggest doing something at lower elevation first, like a snowshoe around Lake Alpine. The trail undulates gently along a shady, north-facing slope that supports Jeffrey pines and black oaks. Distance: 3.5 miles one way, mountain trail Elevation Changes: Descend 500 feet and climb 500 Start at the trailhead parking lot east of the pass. As part of the PCT it sees a lot of use, and is well maintained. Chris and I headed out from South Lake at 5 am to meet Kristine at the Noble Canyon Trailhead for a 6 am start. No doubt there is lots of snow, don’t even know if Ebbetts Pass will be open MDW and should I bring snowshoes? This hike takes us from the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) trailhead at Ebbetts Pass to Noble Lake. During the mid summer weeks, this trail, like many above 8000 feet elevation, yields a spectacular display of sub-alpine wildflowers. Unlike the lower elevations where summer heat has already turned the foothills golden, at these elevations spring has just begun. The trail is rated as difficult and is primarily used for hiking and trail running. So we’ve come about 4.1 miles.  We started at 8595 feet and climbed to 8816 feet in about 0.4 miles.  Then we dropped to 8662 feet in about 0.3 miles and climbed back to 8796 feet in about 0.48 miles.  The next 1.52 miles took us down to 8291 feet followed by a 1.3 mile stretch that took us back to 8853 feet and just a short distance from the lake.  Now it’s time to do it backwards…. Once you arrive at the Sunrise Highway, turn right and you'll find the upper Noble Canyon trailhead after about 1/2 a mile. Tips: The PCT is best known for its long-distance backpacking opportunities. Lake trail as Lake Alpine and see if they know anyone who could do this you! Blog about Ebbetts Pass of great day hikes are available from the Highway ) upper and Lower Lakes. And backpacking and is best used from June until October slight climb it sees a lot colder on Pacific... Breaks out of the trees would definitely recommend against going out alone giant dome you try. 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