Chiquito Pass Trail is a 4.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Oakhurst, CA that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from May until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
Our family took this hike to enjoy an outdoor activity on a very hot day. The trailhead was easy to find: 20 miles on the paved Beasore Road from Bass Lake, then a left at 5So4 for 3 more miles on dirt road (approx an hour drive from Bass Lake). The trail was easy to follow and well shaded, and I would say it was 15 degrees cooler than Bass Lake (30 degrees cooler than Fresno), so it served the purpose. It was very scenic even under extreme drought conditions: there was some water in the creek that we saw/crossed a couple times and the lake appeared to be full, however uninviting for a dip as it was covered in debris (redwood droppings?). It was mostly uphill toward the lake and mostly downhill coming back. I wasn't quite acclimated to the elevation and had to take it slow on the way up. The quality of the trail is what you would expect hiking in the Sierras; You have to watch your footing especially downhill on the way back, and the trail is pretty dusty/dirty which comes with the territory.
Just took this trail today sounded very adventurous the trail was marked and well in the beginning in the upper parts of the trail we found patches of snow which made it hard to follow the trail but were able to look on the map and find the lake the lake was beautiful partially frozen but just excellent to look at and well worth the hike recommend this hike for any skill level although beginners should take their time and take several rest stops I would recommend this and plan on doing this trail several times
Went on the Chiquito Trail over the July forth weekend and it was great. The weather could not have been better with a cool breeze and white clouds in the blue sky. The trail is about a four and a half miles, round trip, out and back trail. The trail is well marked and all obstacles are cleared away. The trail traverses bear ground as well as rocky areas. The rocks are small and you have to pick your way around them or just step on top of them and there is allot of decomposing granite in the rocky areas. These rocky parts of the trail will slow your pace just a little. They are not hard to travel through, it is just your stride has to be what the rocks allow. The trail has an average 8% incline to the lake, and you may need just a couple of rest breaks. The younger more in shape hikers will hike the trail without stopping. You will want the breaks to see the beautiful area. We saw deer, granite formations, young and old trees, butterflies, and wildflowers. There is a small pound before to get to the lake. It is only twenty feet in diameter, very shallow, and do not consider this the lake. The lake is large, had water in it, but you could see from water marks on the rocks it could have been five to six feet deeper. You need to take mosquito repellent for the lake area and areas around Chiquito stream.
The only reason take this trail is to access the southern Yosemite backcountry. It's over-used, and poorly maintained until you enter the wilderness area.