sábado, 11 de noviembre de 2017

Chiquito Trail to Chiquito Falls | Cleveland National Forest, CA

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Chiquito Trail to Chiquito Falls is a 9-mile loop trail located in the Cleveland National Forest, near Lake Elsinore (California). The trail leads us to a seasonal waterfall and offers a great views of Orange and Riverside counties. This hiking route can be quite hot, so bring sunscreen, hats and plenty of water.

The start point is in the big parking in front of The Candy Store on Ortega Highway. A Forest Adventure Pass is required for each vehicle parked which can be purchased at the candy store.

You can eat a delicious apple pie in the Candy Store on Ortega Highway. 😍🍰

The Candy Store on Ortega Highway

The Chiquito trail can be accessed from the San Juan Loop. At the northeast corner of the parking lot you’ll see a sign marking the San Juan Loop trail head. The path climbs for a short distance and then descends to the San Juan Falls, which are dried up during the drought season.

San Juan Falls

Great Basin fence lizard

During the hike we have the opportunity to see lots of Great Basin fence lizards. This lizard is only found in the south of California. 

Next you’ll descend into the canyon where you can enjoy the shade of the oak trees. One mile later, a marker shows us the beginning of the Chiquito trail. Follow the path to your right and the uphill climb begins. 


Take your time and enjoy the awesome panoramic views. Soon you can see the Lion Canyon and, if there are water flowing, you will see the falls. Finally, the trail leads you to the top of the Chiquito Falls. This is a nice spot to sit and relax for a while before turning back.

Lion Canyon

Chiquito Falls


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