Chiquito Trail to Chiquito Falls

MODERATE 51 reviews
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Chiquito Trail to Chiquito Falls is a 8.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Lake Elsinore, CA that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

8.7 miles 1722 feet Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

When you think of hiking in Orange County, you don't usually envision dramatic waterfalls. But during the spring, there are a number of wonderful seasonal waterfalls that are just a hike away. One of the best is Chiquito Falls.

hiking
10 days ago

Great trail for a fall hike. It rained the the night before and the morning of our hike till about 10:00am. Landscape and views were beautiful. No water flowing in the falls as it's too early in the season. I highly recommend this one for fall, winter, and early spring. It's a little exposed for the summer heat of Southern California. Enjoy!

11 days ago

trail running
20 days ago

Completed 11-12-16- 7 miles out and back. Temps were moderate in 80'. Much better than a month ago! Started at 2 pm ish. A trail race was happening at the same time in this trail so it was busy. The trail descends if u start clockwise by the restroom - then meanders around. At "T" stay left to follow sign for Chiquito trail and not San Juan. The climb up is technical and a grind if you are jogging but great views. The trail downhill is rocky - I went passed the Falls another mile or so. The waterfall was bone dry and nothing to see. The trail past the turnoff for the falls enters an area where grasses are very tall and is buggy. I didn't like this part and prefer to be up. However it's still nice and shaded.

hiking
4 months ago

Great! Low traffic being a weekday. One of my favs.

hiking
5 months ago

I've only been to the Santa Rosa Plateau and have been looking for more trials close to home. My friend took me to this one and I loved it! There may not be any water anymore but the hike is still beautiful. My dogs loved it! Tons of shade throughout the hike. We couldn't finish the hike as there was a big fat rattle snake in the path so we had to turn back but it was still a lot of fun.

hiking
5 months ago

2nd time, great hike. Looking to go to the San Juan trail next time

hiking
6 months ago

Started across from the Candy Store. Difficult ascent but no bushwacking. Breathtaking height from the ridge. Falls are gone - dry outright. Clerk at Candy Store said there hasn't been a waterfall for years. Take it for a great hike alone which it is!

hiking
7 months ago

We took the dogs and had a great time. Easy hike with gorgeous views. You can hear traffic at the beginning and end of the loop.

7 months ago

fun trail...beautiful views

hiking
7 months ago

Great trail for beginners, Have done this 4 times and ready to graduate. Took Wife twice now and we have a taste for hiking. Great hike for couples .

hiking
7 months ago

Like Susan said, if you don't want to hear traffic this isn't for you. Otherwise I enjoyed it.

hiking
8 months ago

This was a fairly easy trail, with some pretty sections through a grove of live oaks. However, most of the trail is within earshot of the Ortega Highway, which is loud on weekends. Probably won't be back, not really the "nature experience" that I was looking for.

8 months ago

great hike

hiking
8 months ago

This trail is a pretty good short trail. We knew that coming in and decided to go off the chiquito trail for a little bit. I brought my dogs and they did well.

8 months ago

Fun. Except where we missed a turn and got off the loop. Never did find the loop, but had fun anyway. Hiked a few miles somewhere and turned around and came back. Very green this time of year.

8 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

Beautiful trail!

geocaching
10 months ago

11 months ago

Great

hiking
11 months ago

We were in the area and saw the trail head for San Juan Loop Trail. After already going on a few hikes that day we decided to check it out and we were all glad we did. We started this trail with the path to the right by the Trail Map sign, it was a nice gradual decent with a few switch backs down into the canyon. The canyon area was very covered with a nice Oak Glen at the middle way point on this trail. The trail itself was pretty shaded most of the way which was nice. As others have mentioned it wasn't extremely busy and the trail was for the most part clean and graffiti free (something that is getting harder and harder to find in SoCal, pity.). Once you reach the campground you have a final push up a slight grade back into the parking lot. This was a very enjoyable hike and through short (2.2 miles) the scenery was great. I plan on doing this hike again when I'm in the area and maybe check out the Chiquito trail as well (which branches off at the middle way point).