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The Luge Loop

 29 votes

7.7 Miles 12.4 Kilometers


65%

Singletrack

1,292' 394 m

Ascent

-1,275' -389 m

Descent

2,312' 705 m

High

1,115' 340 m

Low

6%

Avg Grade (4°)

24%

Max Grade (14°)

All Clear

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An OC classic, this night-legal ride features a scenic climb over the OC, and The Luge descent.

David Gregg

Overview

The iconic bar and grill, Cook's Corner, is protective of parking for its walk-in customers, so please respect their parking requirements for mountain bikers.
Once on dirt, this ride is one of the good ones. The climb is a rocky doubletrack with crazy good views of the OC and sunsets. The descent is a steep, twisting, cliff-exposed singletrack, more like a carved half-pipe, that snakes to the final paved downhill.

Yes, there's a good amount of riding on pavement, but at least some of it is 40mph downhill... er... huh-hum... actually officer, I was going the speed limit of 35mph, I swear.

Need to Know

All of the dirt on this ride is US Cleveland National Forest and, unlike state/county parks, does not close for rain or darkness (night riding!).

Description

From Cook's Corner, find a good gear and go left (northwest) up Santiago Canyon Rd. Pound out the 1.2 miles of mildly steep pavement and bear right onto Modjeska Grade Rd, a much steeper, paved, first gear grinder. About a 1/3rd of a mile of pain later turn right into a dirt staging area behind a rusted, iron trail gate. This is the start of Santiago Truck Trail (STT).

The single/doubletrack climbs mildly through rocky terrain for 2.5 miles. Be careful not to ride off the trail when distracted by awesome views, especially at sunset. Descend for about 3/4ths of a mile to a rounded hilltop with a flagpole on its crown. This is the official start of The Luge.

An insane rush, this skinny, carved half-pipe plunges steeply down the side of a cliff face, turning and dancing right on the edge. There are a number of 6"-12" drops along its length, sometimes within the turns, sometimes one on top of the other. The trail ends at Live Oak Canyon Rd where you turn right and enjoy the 35-40mph downhill rush back to your car.

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Nov 11, 2017
David Petherick
Oct 24, 2017
Chris Maze
Sep 26, 2017
Nam Kim
Downhill was fun but wasted 2mile on the road at the end
Sep 23, 2017
Snorkel King
Whiting Ranch to the Luge... the Luge was awesome only wish the downhill was longer! 15.6mi — 2h 00m
Aug 27, 2017
Ix Garcia
The second half is awesome. 8.9mi
Jul 26, 2017
Chris Rix
The uphill was definitely a grind but I think its worth it for the awesome downhill section on the back half. 7.7mi — 1h 30m
Jun 15, 2017
Ameen Younis
Apr 12, 2017
Daniel Del Rosario
6.6mi

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