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Chiquito Trail

Average Rating:    (4.33 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 6

This is a very physically demanding, technical single track that eventually connects to the San Juan Trail. Usually ridden out and back to avoid shuttle situation. This is NOT a ride for beginners. A constant series of challenging sections on the way up and a downhill ride home that demands your full attention.
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Latitude
33.568861182555565
Longitude
-117.53173828125
Trail Directions
Take Ortega Hwy 78 east from San Juan Capistrano to the top of the mountain. Parking lot is across from the candy store and is also the trailhead for the San Juan Loop trail
Trail Length
20 miles
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
San Juan Capistrano
   


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Review Date
October 12, 2010

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: buzz ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
No shuttle needed: leave the dress at at home, epic ride; start at the bottom of san juan creek trail climb the epic switchbacks and turn right at coctail rock old san juan trai then another right on to chiquito trail to a third right onto veijo-tie trail at the T turn left and head up chiquito falls trail back to blue jay campground; after a water refil hit the decent back down san juan creek trail ~ 27mile epic lots of awesome technical climbs and decents , rocks, open face switchbacks, ruts , roots , views, amazing advanced riders challenged on some steep ups and downs. peace Buzz P.S if you want more pain after that clib up to mt pinos and come down that for fun;



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Review Date
May 30, 2010

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: salgadoets ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
We begin this trail at about 3100 ft at the trail head near the Blue Jay Campgrounds. This trail is diverse and very challenging even for experienced riders. There are gorgeous vistas and a wonderful springs that runs in springtime. The terrain goes from fun and flowy to technical descents and rocky surroundings. You'll see plenty of wildlife and nature along the way. We end across the street from the Candy Shop in the town of Cariso.

Recommended Route:
I recommend shuttling for the most enjoyable experience. The trial descent is hard enough, their is no need to punish yourself any further. As I mentioned before we stated at the Blue Jay Campsite at an altitude of 3000+ft. There is a trail head about 150ft past the entrance to the campgrounds where you will find a nice little map detailing the surrounding trails. From there you descend until you reach a sign post that is brown and tagged all over unintelligibly, you stay left here. The rest of the trail is pretty straight forward. Towards the 8 or 9 mile mark you'll come to another left or right decision. If you go left, it'll be mostly hiking and climbing, go right and you'll end up near the Upper San Juan Campgrounds. The trail, however, continues past the campground and returns back to the parking lot across the street from the candy store. The ride from the campgrounds at Blue Jay to the parking lot was just under thrilling and physical 10 miles. It must be said that this ride is not intended for beginners. Never ride this trail alone. There is enough treacherousness along this trail that riding with a few people or someone who has done it before is a good idea.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
The parking lot across the candy store is essentially the parking for riders interested in doing the 2.2 mile San Juan loop.



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Review Date
January 19, 2004

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Olbap ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I recommend you this trail if you like a challenge. If you don't like any uphill, then this ride is not for you (even if you shuttle it). If you don't like challenging obstacles to test you, then this ride is not for you. If you are scared of rocks, loose terrain, mountain lions and cliffs, then this ride is not for you. If you can't yield to the occasional hiker, this ride is not for you. If you hate looking at beautiful scenery, this ride is not for you.

Recommended Route:
Shuttle from Candy store. SJT to Viejo to Chiquita



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Review Date
July 9, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: wes , from san juan

Summary:
please

Recommended Route:
I heard that there are some briges and othere north shore stuff at the end of this trail. anyone email me back about this info and where it is. merrrrjig@yahoo.com



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Review Date
January 17, 2002

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: David G. , from San Clemente, CA

Summary:
Chiquito is a pretty fun trail until about a mile past where the waterfall. For the last 1-3? miles of descending, it was extremely overgrown and unreasonably technical. I consider myself a skilled rider that normally enjoys and accels at technical challenges, however I found the lower portion of this trail to be overgrown and extremely rocky to the point where I had to stop and walk my bike over way too many obstacles. I was a bit upset that I lost so much elevation walking my bike over insane big-rocky obstacles. To contrast that experience, the San Juan Trail is the most fun I've ever had on a mountain bike.

Recommended Route:
You can do as described above. I would highly recommend doing the San Juan Trail though instead of turning off onto Chiquito, unless you just want a new adventure.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
San Juan Trail



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