Noble's Emigrant Trail

Noble founded this trail in 1851 when he was prospecting in the area with eight other men. This trail was a cutoff of the Humboldt Trail in Nevada. It crossed the Black Rock Desert and the Northern Sierra into what is now known as Susanville, California.

The Noble Emigrant Trail prospered in the mid 1850s since it was a shorter and more direct route to the Sacramento Valley, than the earlier established Lassen Emigrant Trail. The trail cut several days off the travel time from the Lassen Emigrant Trail, and therefore ended most of the travel on it.

Noble's new route was considered the best road through the Sierra Nevada. Travelers could find  grass, water and wood the entire length. The greatest distance between watering places was 25 miles. Noble's Emigrant Trail became a main thoroughfare of settlers traveling over the Northern Sierra and established Susanville as a major town in the region. Visitors can take a step back in time and follow Noble's Emigrant Trail by car since present day roads parallel the trail. A map is located in the sidebar.


Latitude: 40.406691 Longitude: -120.636999 Elevation: 4161 ft


Driving Directions

The trail follows Hwy. 44 from Susanville, CA to Anderson, CA.

Highlights and Key Points Along the Route

Along the way, be sure and take time to visit the historic Susanville Railroad Depot and McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park.

Eco-Friendly Notes

Always "Tread Lightly" when searching for emigrant trails.  Respect private property, do not access without permission to do so.

ADA Accessibility Notes

Several parts of the trail can be seen from Hwy 44.


Does anyone know the first name of the "Noble" who found the trail, or anything about his family?

Arthalyn Noble Kublick, 9/23/2015

The Nobles Trail never went through the Sierra Nevada, as this report claims. It crossed the Cascade Mountains from Susanville going through Lassen Volcanic National Park to the Sacramento Valley. The Sierras are farther to the south

Ken Johnston, 1/22/2018

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