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The Luge

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 4.5 (28)

A steep, cliff-edge tumble down a skinny half-pipe with rock ledges and washouts.


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Map Key

1.4

Miles

2.2

KM

Singletrack

2,093' 638 m

High

1,451' 442 m

Low

43' 13 m

Up

668' 204 m

Down

10%

Avg Grade (6°)

28%

Max Grade (15°)

Dogs Unknown

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Description

One of the most popular and scary trails in the Whiting area, The Luge will get your heart racing each time a turn takes you to the edge of a drop-off. Due to its popularity, unfortunately, the massive amount of braking has built up a huge number of 6"-12" dirt and rock "ledges" all along its length. So, be very careful when in attack mode, these small drops can distract you from the important job of not going off the cliff!

From the flag hill, the trail is soon on the edge of a razor edge with steep drop-offs on either side. The Luge slides down to the right side of the cliff, and for much of its length is a 3-4 foot wide half-pipe that twists, back and forth, on the edge of a sheer drop. The downward push along this snaking tube of trail is relentless. Personally, I have to take a break half-way down to give my screaming forearms a break, and to quench the fire in my aching calves and feet. The brakes are always on, and the impacts never stop.

At the bottom, the trail spills onto a paved access road. Follow this left, out to Live Oak Canyon Rd., and turn right, downhill.

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Dave Gregg

Trail Ratings

  4.5 from 28 votes

#407

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  4.5 from 28 votes
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Trail Rankings

#28

in California

#407

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Photos

Video of the Luge Down hill shot by DPCAero.com
Feb 10, 2016 near Trabuco…, CA
Riding The Luge
Dec 22, 2015 near Trabuco…, CA
A Run Down The Luge (And another local trail).
Jun 20, 2022 near Portola…, CA
Down the Luge. Shot by DPCAero.com
Feb 10, 2016 near Portola…, CA
The scenery from The Luge Trail. Photo by DPCAero.com
Feb 10, 2016 near Trabuco…, CA
My first time riding ‘The Luge’ cautiously.
Nov 26, 2017 near Trabuco…, CA

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Oct 21, 2021
MTB MOR
Still Great....the pedal up is way easier than it was before the last local fire. 17mi — 2h 30m
Oct 31, 2020
MTB MOR
Luge and Old Camp are both in good shape after the fire. 16mi — 2h 15m
Apr 25, 2020
MTB MOR
2 laps on Luge and one on Whiting 23mi — 3h 00m
Aug 19, 2018
MTBr Of Socal
Fun, some parts technical, some parts flowy, some parts dusty and loose, all parts awesome!
Nov 5, 2017
Doron Weinstein
Great trail! Fun and fast downhill. It takes 30 min to ride to the top for a 4:30 min ride down this trail, but totally worth it.
Sep 21, 2017
Mark Rocco
Night ride with lights but no moon!!! Scary ride but fun. The group had very experienced riders! This was my first time on this ride! 7.5mi — 1h 11m
Mar 7, 2017
Michael Harri
Dec 17, 2016
Mark Kelleher
Trail is in great shape after heavy rain 2 days ago. Trail work improvements today will make it even better.