The Nobles Trail is described in a Trails West guidebook which may be available for purchase in the CTIC gift shop or you can purchase it directly from Trails West on their website. They have an online photo tour along the Nobles Trail.
BEGINNING OF THE NOBLES TRAIL IN 1852
"Here the road called the Nobles Cutoff leaves the old Lawson route & takes a southwest course [to Granite Creek] over a beautiful road level as a brick yard after you leave the [Black Rock] spring about a mile." - J. D. Randall, August 15, 1852
"Traveld 8 miles through heavy timber. Encamped on the Lauson rout again at a small lake. Grass rather poor. This is the best pine timper I ever saw." - Solomon Kingery, August 13, 1852
Kingery's diary can be viewed and downloaded from Yale University's Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript website.
TO PINE CREEK VALLEY
"We passed a couple of small lakes or ponds to the right of the road [Feather Lake]. I think they could not be seen from the road but some of the boys visited one or both of them." - Allen Tyrrell, September 10, 1860
"Camped on a beautiful prairie by Pine Creek. Good water. Grass mostly dry but plenty. Road mostly on narrow stretches of prairie and quite rocky a good share of the distance." - Allen J. Tyrrell, September 10, 1860