William Nobles pioneered the Nobles Trail in 1851. It provided a shortcut between the Applegate in Nevada and the last section of the Lassen Trail in California. It became what all other trails to California would have wanted to become: shorter, more direct to its destination, water and grass located in short intervals along the way, low elevation passes, no steep ascents or descents, and a civilized destination where provisions could be obtained.
Today the Nobles Trail remains perhaps the best emigrant trail to experience and enjoy. With A Guide To The Nobles Trail and a copy of this book, one may easily follow nearly the entire route from Black Rock to Shasta City, with a two-wheel-drive vehicle, offering the opportunity to: explore the myths and mysteries of events that occurred throughout history along the trail; visit historic army forts, trading posts, and stage stops; relish the solitude of desert playas, towering mountain ranges, and volcanic landscapes; and experience a part of our country that remains one of America's most remote and rewarding.