Chiquito Basin

Lake Elsinore, California

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If you want to spot wildlife, take the hike to Chiquito Basin early in the day. One morning, in the soft wet ground along the way, Jerry discovered fresh tracks of a deer and a mountain lion, both apparently moving along at a running gait. With an earlier start, he might have witnessed a terrific chase. It might bear repeating that in this remote corner of Orange County, as well as in the parklands of the lower foothills, mountain lions are occasionally spotted, and they have very occasionally attacked hikers and mountain bikers. To stay as safe as possible, travel in groups and don’t let kids stray.

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"If you want to spot wildlife, take the hike to Chiquito Basin early in the day. One morning, in the soft wet ground along the way, Jerry discovered fresh tracks of a deer and a mountain lion, both apparently moving along at a running gait. With an earlier start, he might have witnessed a terrific chase.

It might bear repeating that in this remote corner of Orange County, as well as in the parklands of the lower foothills, mountain lions are occasionally spotted, and they have very occasionally attacked hikers and mountain bikers. To stay as safe as possible, travel in groups and don’t let kids stray."

Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding
Nearby City: Lake Elsinore
Distance: 3
Elevation Gain: 700 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: CNF: TD
Local Maps: Cleveland National Forest Visitor Map
Driving Directions: Directions to Chiquito Basin

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May 2018