We are fans of the 1 hour ride, and it does not get any better than The Luge if you are looking for a quick outing. There is parking available in a section adjacent to Cook’s Corner, which is a great place to get something to eat after your ride. The ride begins on pavement by heading west on Santiago Canyon Rd. Consider this a nice warm up because the first and steepest climb will await you at approximately one mile. Head right and begin climbing Modjeska Grade rd. Once you reach the top, you will finally enter the Santiago Truck Trail where the dirt trail begins. In a few miles you will notice the Luge, which can be identified by a US flag that was placed there. Begin the descent, which is approximately 1 mile of semi-technical fun. Upon exiting, head right on Live Oak back to your car.
Getting to the Holy Jim Trailhead is an adventure itself, as you have 5 miles of dirt road to get through before arriving to the Holy Jim parking section. The first 3 miles are generally smooth, but the last 2 is full of rocks, ruts, and bumps. A truck, Jeep or 4×4 vehicle is handy here. However, we arrived there in my Civic so it can be done! (just really slow). The first 1.4 miles of this ride is relatively shady. There are several creek crossings to get through, but by the time you reach the 1.4 mile trail marker, you will begin climbing to the Main Divide rd. This is all sun exposure. Once you arrive to Main Divide, you have approximately 7 miles of more tough climbing to go through. The Trabuco tral is on your right at the 12.5 mile section, and there is a metal fence to clue you in once you get there. The descent is full of rock gardens but is not terribly technical. The last section smooths out and eventually ends at Trabuco road. Enjoy this last section as you make your way back to your car.