Explore the most popular mountain biking trails near Lake Elsinore with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

off road driving
4 days ago

Just to clarify here:

Maple Springs Truck Trail is OPEN. End of Silverado canyon.

Bedford truck trail is OPEN: Corona, behind a housing development.

Main Divide Road WEST is OPEN: this is the side towards Corona that takes you to Beek’s place and Sierra Peak.

Main Divide Road from Ortega Highway to Santiago Peak is CLOSED: no time limit on opening, the gate is locked with a ‘fire hazard, permit entry only’ sign on either side. Just to be clear.


Closed till Sept 2019 per post

2 months ago

Awesome trail. Gorgeous views.

Took the trail in my completely stock 2012 tacoma trd off road dropped into 4x4 hi but I feel like I didn’t really need too. Some minor ruts but I made it through with stock clearance. It was very rocky in some sections. Will be back again with a lift bigger tires and aired down just to take away from the rocky sections.

off road driving
4 months ago

Took my 89 XJ down the trail and had no problems, just pick good lines because some of those ruts could leave you on your side or worse.

Breathtaking views all around most of the way. The spot where the waterfalls would be was completely dry again though on the May 12th weekend.

Took about 3.5 hours to get up there with okay pace and some quick photo stops. 2.15 return. (So, definitely longer than 4 hr round trip as some people have commented)

Trail starts in parking lot across the street from the candy store. A little over 11 miles from parking to falls and back, 9.1 miles as stated on app is incorrect. Falls are not impressive but it’s a nice hike to get there nonetheless. A good 4 hours round trip, take lots of water, sunscreen and a hat. Wear good trail shoes, parts of the trail are dry with loose pebbles/rocks easy to slip in the wrong shoes. Lots of pretty wild flowers along the way.

off road driving
5 months ago

pretty fun, some pretty big ruts along the way, but nothing to crazy.

off road driving
6 months ago

narrow in most places. some good size ruts

If you’re looking for great views and a kick ass workout, this is your trail. Hill after hill. Well worth it from the top. I hike every weekend and consider hard to be an accurate portrayal

Nice trail, no water at the waterfall yet. But saw a beautiful big rattlesnake right next to the trail.

6 months ago

Had a nice hike through this area. Meant to go to another trail but this one was great for us. I would say this one is moderate. Beautiful cool day. No water at the falls but we were able to enjoy a nice lunch while we were there

First of all the trail head is NOT by the candy store it is right where you park ..I wouldn’t call it moderate but strenuously moderate.. 9.3 miles to the “falls” ( no water). Lots of ticks..beware and check your dogs. We had fun...

Only did the loop, but didn't see another soul on a Friday afternoon. The leg of the trail to San Juan Falls should be called the Heavy Doodie Trail since it is littered with dog poo around every bend. For the love of hiking.. PLEASE pick up after your dog and carry out what you bag.

Nice trail for a winter hike but it was quite warm today, about 78. Left at 7:30 when it was cool, finished by 12:30 and it was quite hot. Brought the dogs and found lots of TICKS on them - maybe from the recent rain? I would not have expected ticks this time of year. No water in the falls but a few puddles down stream from the rain.

It was a great day with a great hike. But no water was flowing

Definitely go when the weather is clear and cool. I imagine this trail would be great with more water in the stream beds. I only saw 1 person on the trail.

off road driving
10 months ago

we took this Trail last Sunday and had a good time running it. Most of it is easy, though there are some severe short where people have tried to pass it with two wheel drive vehicles and dugout deep holes. those areas I would consider moderate. We were in a Jeep JK and have it in 4-wheel drive high and never even slipped a tire. it has great views both East and West at various times. A fun couple of hours for a Sunday afternoon.

We hiked this in October knowing the terrain would be hot and dry, but wanted a conditioning trail close to home. Knowing that, it was a good hike with both oak woodlands and chaparral. The falls were expectedly dry, but the rock formations were quite cool. My gps app stated 5.7 miles to reach the falls - 11.4 round trip.

off road driving
Sunday, October 08, 2017

I have a C1500 and a K2500. I've done the drive a couple of times. I think I'm done taking the 4x4 due to the weight. My 1500 has a locking rear diff and as long as I pick good lines through rough spots, it does just fine with less jarring. The views are as good as anywhere in OC.
BTW, the last two hundred feet (past the towers out to the main vista point) is very rocky and worth a word of caution.

off road driving
Sunday, July 30, 2017

This is a fun drive not far from lake Elsinore. The views of Lake Elsinore and the surrounding Mountains are amazing. I'd say 4WD required in some spots, and be mindful of the narrow climb areas, there's not many places to let someone by if you come nose to nose with another vehicle while going up.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

fun travel

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Nice trail. About 9 miles RT to falls from candy sore parking lot. This time of year it gets very hot in the valleys and on hills. Lots of water or you will regret going.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Good ride rather more open road!

off road driving
Thursday, June 01, 2017

Did this trail Memorial Day Weekend 2017. This was a really fun Trail easily accessible to anybody in LA/OC. Check online to ensure the gates are open with the Cleveland National Forest Website. The start of the trail from the Ortega Highway route was pretty rutted at first but smooths out after a couple miles. Definitely has its challenges, but shouldn't have any issues with 2WD and decent clearance. Did it with ease in my basically stock 4Runner, used 4WD because I wanted to not because I had to. Santiago Peak is a nice stopping point to stop and grill out with a nice view. Went down the Maple Springs route which totaled out to a roughly 30 miles trail (20 on Main Divide and 10 on Maple Springs). There's a couple different combinations to get up and down including Maple Springs, Indian Truck Trail, or taking Main Divide Road the whole way. Will run this trail again.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Completed yesterday, nice workout. Wouldn't recommend for summer hikes, but there was still water flowing at the falls. Had my closest encounter with the biggest rattlesnake I've ever seen, not fun. Careful of the hill climb going to the falls...fairly steep in sections and not much sun protection.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Did this trail again with my cousin today, but only did the lower loop, stopping off at the San Juan Falls (2.1 miles total) instead of heading all the way to Chiquito Falls.

Once again, remember your adventure pass for the parking lot.

We started off on the San Juan Trail again (to the right of the parking lot and headed straight to the first and smaller waterfall. We tried hiking around the lookout point fence to get to the actual base of the falls, but it was fairly steep at one point and we were concerned about the dog making it, so didn't go all the way to the base. There's still some easy to reach photo op points partway down, so try anyway. Watch the rocks though, as we spotted a rather larger rattler snuggled between a couple we planned on traversing.

Since we couldn't make the base, we backtracked to the very easy side trail that takes you to the few smaller pools at the top of the falls. This was a very nice place to stop for lunch. I hear it can be crowded on the weekends, but we had it mostly to ourselves on a Thursday at 1 pm.

We then completed the simple 2.1 mile loop, which was easy, quick, and enjoyable. Once you pass the junction sign, you technically are taking the Chiquito Trail back to the parking lot, which is a slight incline the rest of the way back.

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