Noble Lake Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"This trip explores an unusual part of the Sierra Nevada, where tall, eroded volcanic peaks tower above a deep canyon, cliffs of dark, twisted rock loom above the trail, and a small, lovely lake is set in an open, grassy basin. Located alongside the Pacific Crest Trail, just south of Ebbetts Pass, Noble Lake is one of the more scenic lakes in the Central Sierra. It is snuggled into a small bowl in the midst of a broad, grassy basin. High volcanic peaks and ridges ring the basin, providing a dramatic backdrop to the lake.
All the mountains in this setting, many just under 11,000 feet high, are volcanic in origin. They are part of a chain of volcanic peaks along the eastern edge of the Central Sierra that runs from Raymond and Reynolds Peaks in the eastern Mokelumne Wilderness down to the Leavitt Peak area in the Emigrant and Hoover Wilderness Areas along Sonora Pass."