Chiquito Hiking Trail is a hiking trail in Riverside County and Orange County, California. It is within Cleveland National Forest. It is 6.4 miles long and begins at 1,982 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 13.0 miles with a total elevation gain of 3,786 feet. The San Juan Loop and Bear Canyon Trailhead parking is near the trailhead. There are also scrubs, a commercial, drinking water, an information map, and restrooms. The Upper San Juan Campground camp site can be seen along the trail. There are also a bare rock and woods along the trail.
Chiquito Hiking Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"This point-to-point shuttle hike travels downhill through a lovely wooded canyon that provides shade and solitude. The trail passes a seasonal waterfall and stream, and the views are magnificent. The easy downhill gradient makes this longer hike a great half-day outing. The Chiquito Trail is a wonderful way to take a longer hike with the difficulty rating still set in the easy category. The way to do it is by traveling downhill almost all the way. The trail starts high up in the Santa Ana Mountains and descends through a shady wooded canyon for most of the route. High mountain vistas appear all along the hike and the scenery is superb, especially if you take the hike after the rains, when the land is colorful and in full bloom."
--Alleen Riedel, Best Easy Day Hikes: Riverside (Falcon Guides).
"The Chiquito Trail is a secluded wonder known mostly to mountain bikers and those with the verve to explore out-of-the-way territory in one of California’s more ignored mountain chains and national forests. The hike passes through a sylvan canyon, making parts of the trail well shaded, and traverses near a splendid seasonal waterfall. The downhill point-to-point nature of the hike makes it fairly easy for anyone wanting to attempt a longer hike."
--Allen Riedel and Monique Riedel, Best Hikes Near Los Angeles (Falcon Guides).
"Like the San Juan Trail, the Chiquito Trail is best explored from end to end, preferably in the downhill direction. Along the
way, you’ll enjoy cool passages through canyon bottoms but also endure (if the weather is warm) a seemingly endless traverse across
a sun-blasted slope. This lightly maintained trail is lined for miles with poison oak, so
wear pants and long sleeves."
--Jerry Schad and David Money Harris, Afoot & Afield: Orange County (Wilderness Press).
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