Santiago Truck Trail - TRAIL

Santiago Truck Trail - Trail, Trabuco Cyn, California

The best trail on O.C. overall. Only rideable trail after it rains. Takes you up to Old Camp.. an old mining facility and Indian Camp. The trail is actually an old indian and mining path...very historical. Great singletrack.

User Reviews (11)

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Leonnolen   Cross Country Rider [Jan 24, 2011]

Great trail. Not technical but fun at night. Doable on a SS if you can grind up the road to the trail head.

Customer Service

Group ride is at 6:30pm. Park Cooks Corner and ride up the pavement on Santiago Cyn Rd to a right hand turn on to Modjeska Grade. Go to the end and trail starts to the right.

I rode STT to the Luge. Down the Luge and back to Cooks Corner on Live Oak. Luge is scary at night.

Eat at Rose Cantina. Leave Cooks Corner on Live Oak. Go several miles looking for Rose Canyon on left.

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4
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4
Mauka Rider   [Oct 20, 2001]

Follow the trail up to Old Camp and return to your car. There is a detour about half way up to a trail called the Luge. Its one of the best singletracks in OC. The climb is moderate and a bit rocky.

Customer Service

Start at the trailhead. Make sure you fix the sandbags if you happen to dislodge a few when parking.

Similar Products Used: O'neil, Whiting.
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4
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Chris   [Jan 18, 2002]

This is a great "local ride" in the Lake Forest area. Having lived for some time in the Portola Hills area this ride was a daily excursion for me. The nice thing about this ride is that it is a challenge every time you ride it. It is not technical but a challenging uphill at about 2/5ths and then 1/2 of the way up to Old Camp makes this a grunt every time. Pass the "luge" turnoff on the way up and enjoy the challenging uphill and north facing shade cross country / downhill sections on the way up to Old Camp. The views all along this trail are fantastic. It's a 75 - 90 minute climb uphill to old camp and then a GREAT downhill ride all the way to Cooks Corner.

Customer Service

There really is only one way to go. One has the option of turning off at the "luge" single track downhill about 1/2 of the way up to Old Camp.

Similar Products Used: Harding Truck Trail for overall grunt. Whiting Ranch is pretty but crowded. The only trail worth pursuing in Whiting on many days is "Cardiac" which is usually empty because most riders can't do the uphhill.
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3
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softcoconut   [Mar 30, 2002]

Hill climbing is totally doable! Few dabs and a snack you can ride from whiting ranch and back. Add the LUGE for an allday epic.
A little rock skill is a must have. Scared is no way to go down the luge. Three of Four helemtless guys
thought nothing of it. The forth one walking is no way to. For them or me. First aid kit and a helicopter could make you hero. Bring your first aid and EPERIENCED friends along for the best riding in O.C.

Customer Service

Thru WHITTING RANCH or From Mojeska Grd. Rd. if Time is an issue.

Similar Products Used: Big Bear
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4
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Curt   [May 14, 2002]

This used to be a tough trail for me when all I did was whiting ranch and short loops at Aliso but now it's a good quick 2 to 2 and a half hour ride if you don't push too hard. As for the trail being a technical climb it's not bad at all, the only thing I found tough at all is the loose marble like rocks that rob a little traction both up and down hill so be carefull especially comming back down, that loose stuff will let you slide right off the cliff if youre going too fast. Start early or ride it on a cool day, It can get real hot. Bring lots of water and an energy snack or two. This is a good ride if your looking to step up past a short ride rut.

Customer Service

Park at Cooks Corner if there not busy and you want to warm up before the climbing starts. Ride North on Santiago canyon rd. to Majeska grade Turn right at the top of the grade past the gate.

Similar Products Used: Harding and santiago truck trails,( both about twice as tuff as this.
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4
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Rick   [May 23, 2002]

This is a good trail. Ride it fast, and it will grind you. It's long with good views and some good climbing. Be a Man/Woman and leave from Cook's; ride up the Modjeska grade. If you haven't, take the single track all the way down into old camp; it very cool back there. You can come and go the same way of take the Luge, but if you don't leave from Cook's and return to Cook's, you can't really say that you have ridden whole trail. Happy ridding.

Customer Service

Leave from Cook' Corner go up to old camp and then down the sameway or take the Luge back to Cook's.

Similar Products Used: El Morro, Aliso Woods, Whiting Ranch, San Juan.
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5
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Curt   [May 30, 2002]

this trail starts out with an easy couple of miles of paved warm up before turn right up Majeska grade which is just about the toughest climb on this trail. Once on top of this road it is mostly a pretty easy climb with two sections close to the challenge of the paved climb. there are three options, at about three miles there is the luge, a very fun short decent. At about 6 miles there is rose canyon or Joplin truck trail, this is not recomended because it travels next to the Joplin boys ranch and the Sherrifs Deputy there gave us a hard time and said we would have to go to court if he saw us again. the last option is a long hike a bike to the peak. Not fun.

Customer Service

park at Cooks Corner and head north on Santiago Cyn. Rd to Mageska Grade and turn right, at the top turn right onto the actual trail ride 8 miles mostly up, turn around and come back down to about the three mile mark and turn left down the Luge. 1 mile down the Luge you will hit Live Oak, turn right band go back to your car.

Similar Products Used: Silverado and Harding truck trails.
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4
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LouiSurfer   [Jul 01, 2002]

STT to Old Camp back to Luge - Started from my home in Portola Hills (above Whiting Ranch), down to and up Modjeska Grade road. Always a good warm-up burning and spinning up that grade. The rest of the climb is relatively easy for intermediate riders. The trails on STT are in really good shape, a couple of loose rock / gravel spots here and there, dry, but not rutted at all and tight. It is starting to get warm now June (6/30/02). 70oz camelback and one 16oz bottle was barely enough. I rode up with the helmet off, down with it back on. About 10 mile climb to old camp, passed by a dozen riders coming back down, crowd factor was almost pretty good. Scenery was very nice, reminiscent of Thunder Mtn at disney (no doubt, old mining trail!). Hit Old Camp , rested for about 15 minutes, had a banana, came back down fast.
As mentioned in earlier posts, be careful on the fast decents, although the trail is tight, the ground can get loose with gravel, rocks. Luge was a little loose and steppy, my arms got a good workout as did my v-brakes. I crashed twice, but only because I was fatigued and too lazy too lay on the brakes. Back down Live Oak Rd. and back home. All in all a good workout.
Some worthwhile notes:
A: Be in control
B: Bring lots of water on warmer days
C: Sun screen is nice
D: Have fun
E: All of the above

Customer Service

Start at Modjeska Grade rode, go all the way up to old camp (8 miles uphill) come back down approx 5miles to stop at Vulture Crags (The luge). Down the luge, back down to cooks corner.

Similar Products Used: Whiting for beginners/novices, 8 mile easy loop, but there are some alternate routes to make it tougher and longer.
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4
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trailbuilder   [Dec 04, 2002]

I guess there are a lot of things I don't yet understand about you Californians, but one of the most astounding things is the fact that you can't figure out what singletrack is. Single (one) track (Kiwi for trail, path, lane etc.) Honestly folks, it really isn't taxing on the cerebellum. This is a truck trail because for the most part you could drive a truck up and down it, and on any other planet would be considered mostly fireroad. Get a grip! Descriptiions are only useful when the are accurate! A great fire road ride with great views and a good bit of singletrack at the top, worth doing!

Customer Service

up the trail to the camp, down the luge

Similar Products Used: San Juan, and add the extra at the top! Hey, it's almost all singletrack.
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3
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Mike Cisek   [Apr 15, 2003]

The truck trail is a great place to ride and has a great singletrack, the Luge. The fact is, it's actually about 8 miles one way (from start to Old Camp). The Luge is my favorite singletrack and is the best!

Customer Service

From start to the intersection and down the Luge. And from start to Old Camp and back at the intersection then down the Luge.

Similar Products Used: Aliso Woods and Cyn.
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5
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