25.1 miles
4,789 ft
-4,808 ft
5,054 ft
High Point

This is a long, difficult route. It is for very solid intermediate and advanced riders. Please consider elevation and trail rating before riding this route.

There is no shortage of great routes in the Santa Ana Mountains, and this is one of the classics

Harding to Joplin is a challenging loop, but well worth the effort. It starts off with an 11-mile fire road climb followed by a 2-plus-mile rowdy descent on technical singletrack on remote and rugged terrain. The fun continues down Santiago Truck Trail to the top of The Luge, for a final fun descent.

Be prepared to spend anywhere from 3 to 6-plus hours pushing the pedals, and be aware that you may not have cell reception in some places. Bring plenty of water, food, emergency gear, extra clothing, etc.

If you're riding this route with friends, you may consider leaving a car at Cook's to avoid the road climb back to Modjeska Canyon. Please respect Cook's parking rules if you leave a car in their lot. And if you decide to ride Santiago Canyon Road back to Modjeska, please use extreme caution.

Detailed Description
Harding-Joplin-Luge - Advanced Route is a 40451 popular extreme route located near Cleveland National Forest California. This mountain bike only route can be used one direction and has a hard overall physical rating. This route includes 5 trails. This route climbs 1459.7 with a max elevation of 1540.6 then descends -1465.6.
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  • Difficulty rating
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More Stats for Harding-Joplin-Luge - Advanced Route mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    1,094 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,415 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,394 ft
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  • Distance climb
    14 miles
  • Distance down
    10 miles
  • Distance flat
    1 mile
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

Apr 23, 2022 @ 9:43am
Apr 23, 2022
Trail is in awesome shape but starting to get overgrown and Poison Oak is completely unavoidable. Bring Tecnu for afterwards.
The Luge
Apr 23, 2022 @ 9:42am
Apr 23, 2022
Good shape
Santiago Truck Trail (Luge to Old Camp)
Apr 23, 2022 @ 9:42am
Apr 23, 2022
Harding Truck Trail
Apr 23, 2022 @ 9:42am
Apr 23, 2022
Main Divide (Four Corners to Santiago Peak)
Apr 23, 2022 @ 9:42am
Apr 23, 2022
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