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Level: Intermediate
Length: 8 mi (12.9 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +1,881/ -1,735 ft
Total: 88 riders

Mountain Biking The Luge

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#19 of 1,003 mountain bike trails in California
#347 in the world

If the wear on the trail is any indication, the Luge has been a very popular trail for a very long time!

Begin by heading up the old fire road that, as a result of the encroaching plant life, has turned into a rocky singletrack climb along the ridge. Buckly down and get ready to grind, as there's about 3-4 miles of climbing in front of you.

The turn off to the luge trail is marked by the American Flag sitting high on the knob. Hang a right and prepare to descend!

The main Luge Trail is a bomber descent that is true to it's namesake: big berms and a trench-like disposition hold you into the trail, letting you open it up and let it rip down the mountain! The trail is currently pretty rough in places, with some rocks and tons of braking bumps going into the corners, but still, the best word to describe it is flowy! Many of the trails that I've ridden so far in So Cal have been anything but flowy, but the Luge let's you flow like water down the mountain.

When you reach the pavement, hang a right and head down to Cook's Corner. This is the low spot of the route, so it wouldn't be a bad place to park the car. (Google map location given is for the beginning of the dirt). Hang a right at Cook's Corner to climb back up the highway to your car!

First added by Greg Heil on Jul 10, 2012. Last updated May 1, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
Google maps location given is for the start of the trail. You might actually want to park your car lower down the highway at Cook's Corner.
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  • gclark949

    The Luge is awesome. Supper flowy and fast and only gets better with every ride.

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  • cannondale cad2djoh

    Great trail one of the best in oc has fast sections and nice long easy uphill for first sections. After a few whiting runs this should be a beginners next trail

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  • LarrySe

    Fun, fast and you need ride with your eyes open.

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  • Eric Foltz

    This is actually one of my favorite trails and probably the one I've put the most miles on over the years. The first four miles are a degraded fire road to the top of the Luge. Nothing special but the views are great. The upper section is the best. It gets less traffic as it requires a little more effort but it is worth it.

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  • Michael Paul

    A fun, fast blue DH trail with a lot of wear and washboarding from heavy use. Fun, but not as nice as Frequency or Avery

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  • ****

    Great little run. Some sharp rock sections that get the adrenaline going if your descending full speed and a few little smooth jumps near the bottom to finish off the ride. This trail gets more fun when you pick up the pace.

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  • revans1961

    I have to agree that the down hill is short. Theres a lot of climbing for such a short run. The trail is in perfect condition right now lots of concerned riders do some repair work. To make the ride a little better start at Whiting Ranch in Foothill ranch this will turn it into a two hour ride. Lots of fun.

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  • TeaWorks

    A fun, but all too short DH!I ride this as a mid-week tune up because it also has a pretty good climb as well. The write up here is spot on.

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