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The Luge Loop



7.7 mile 12.4 kilometer loop
65% Singletrack


Ascent: 1,227' 374 m
Descent: -1,203' -367 m
High: 2,302' 702 m
Low: 1,117' 340 m


Avg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 31% (17°)


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Trail shared by Dave Gregg with improvements by Nick S

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

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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!).


From Cook's Corner, find a good gear and go right (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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May 9, 2020
Jeremy Stinson
Great time riding the luge today! It was my first time! What a climb but very much rewarded with the amazing views, and a fast downhill if you want! 7.7mi
Mar 19, 2020
Big Wheel
A lot of uphill for a short quick downhill on the luge. Super fun down!
Jan 31, 2020
rob Hart
Dec 20, 2019
Pablo H.
2019 Norco Sight left leg cramping going down the luge hands exhausted after ride 8.1mi — 1h 36m
Oct 13, 2019
Christian Donahue
Oct 12, 2019
Daniel Boulger
Not for beginners, fun trail if you are experienced
Sep 14, 2019
William Serda
Sep 12, 2019
Eddie Lee
met a nice guy on the trail, Danny. Very friendly and helpful.

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Video of the Luge Down hill shot by
Feb 10, 2016 near Trabuco…, CA
Riding The Luge
Dec 22, 2015 near Trabuco…, CA
Down the Luge. Shot by
Feb 10, 2016 near Portola…, CA
Flag pole on the top of the Luge. Photo by
Feb 10, 2016 near Trabuco…, CA
If you made it to the Flag pole - you made it half way! Now watch out for speed on the descent and some obstacles on the descent - be careful they come up fast! Better safe then sorry!
Feb 16, 2015 near Trabuco…, CA
The scenery from The Luge Trail. Photo by
Feb 10, 2016 near Trabuco…, CA

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