Nobles Emigrant Trail

Lassen Volcanic National Park, California

Distance5.3mi
Elevation Gain750ft
Trailhead Elevation6,066ft
Top6,066ft
Elevation Min/Max5648/6066ft
Elevation Start/End6066/6066ft
Nobles Emigrant Trail is a hiking trail in Shasta County, California. It is within Lassen Volcanic National Park. It is 5.3 miles long and begins at 6,066 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 5.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 750 feet. The Hot Rock attraction can be seen along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Hiking Trail.

Nobles Emigrant Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"This little-used route initially follows the historic route of the Nobles Emigrant Trail through serene forest before returning on the snow-covered Main Park Road. From CA 44, approximately 13 miles southwest of Old Station, turn onto CA 89 at Crossroads junction. Travel a short distance past the entrance station to the parking area.

From the parking area, work your way west past Reflection Lake to the beginning of the service road near the park entrance station. The route forsakes the road past Summertown and follows and arcing route up a gullbetween Table Mountain and the Chaos Jumbles."

"Probably no other maintained trail in the park receives so little use. The reasons are obvious: lack of views and lack of water. Besides devout solitude seekers, history buffs and nature lovers are perhaps the only ones willing to explore this route. While following in the steps of pioneers, you can enjoy a quiet stroll on the mildly graded trail through serene forest.

Beginning at a closed gate, follow a service road north for 0.6 mile to its end at the historic site of Summertown. From there, the narrower Nobles Trail strikes east up a gully separating Table Mountain from Chaos Jumbles, a huge rockfall avalanche that broke loose from Chaos Crags. After about a half-mile, sharp-eyed naturalists may spy a couple of prominent Douglas-firs. Rare in the park, the Douglas-firs here live among strange bedfellows: Jeffrey, lodgepole, and a few sugar pines."

"The western reaches of the Nobles Emigrant Trail are a mixed bag. The segment described here, from Lost Creek to Lassen Park Road, was the site of a controlled burn in 1999, and is littered with firefighting equipment and the detritus of construction and maintenance. While this may be interesting to some hikers, it is a less than pristine experience. As you begin to climb toward Nobles Pass, however, the path takes on a mantle of both natural beauty and historical richness. A marker at Sunflower Flat, just below the pass, commemorates the pioneers that used this trail. Once over the summit, you will pass through the Chaos Jumbles, remnants of a massive avalanche off the Chaos Crags that now fosters an open woodland of Jeffrey pines. A few artifacts and a little imagination lend poignancy to the remains of Summertown, at trail’s end near the western boundary of the park."

"Imagine yourself a pioneer. You are headed for California, where you plan to strike it rich in a gold mine, or farm a patch of land in the northern Sacramento River valley, which has been touted as one of the most fertile valleys on Earth. You’ve crossed the Mississippi, endured the endless monotony of the Great Plains, struggled over the Rocky Mountains, and survived the high desert of the Great Basin. There is one last mountain range to be crossed, and you stand amid dense woodlands on the crest of that range’s divide. You stand on Nobles Pass in what will one day become Lassen Volcanic National Park. Take a deep breath—it’s all downhill from here. Highlights: This peaceful, seldom-traveled route follows the track left by pioneers to the area, and includes fleeting glimpses of Lassen Peak and the Chaos Crags."

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