Chiquito Trail - TRAIL

Chiquito Trail - Trail, San Juan Capistrano, California

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.

User Reviews (6)

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buzz   Cross Country Rider [Oct 12, 2010]

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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salgadoets   Cross Country Rider [May 30, 2010]

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.

Customer Service

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.

Similar Products Used: 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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5
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Olbap   Weekend Warrior [Jan 19, 2004]

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.

Customer Service

Shuttle from Candy store. SJT to Viejo to Chiquita

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5
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4
troy   [Dec 03, 2001]

Overall this was a fun ride. First half of the trail was excellent with lots of good terrain and enough technical sections to keep you on your toes. Everyone was basically riding freeride bikes (bullits and the like) but that's not a necessity at all. No major drops or anything your normal full suspension bike can't handle.

About half way down is a waterfall and a 1 mile climb starts shortly after this point. The climb has some steep, loose sections and a few hike a bike spots. A strong climber can probably clean the entire thing. After the climb the trail gets much more technical with some really tough spots that either require occasional dabs or really insane skills. Armor helps!

About a 2 - 2 1/2 hour ride down but that was with a large group and quite a few stops to allow everyone to catch up. A good ride and I would do it again but would rather try the regular San Juan Trail first as I've heard that's more fun (faster with less super technical sections).

Don't do this ride on a downhill bike. One of our group did and he was hurting. Trail was too tight in many spots and had enough climbing to really hurt on a DH bike.

Customer Service

I tagged along with a group of 12 local riders. We parked at the candy store and then shuttled to the top. Can't give any more specific directions since this was my first time out there and I was hung over big time.

Similar Products Used: SJT
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David G.   [Jan 17, 2002]

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.

Customer Service

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.

Similar Products Used: San Juan Trail
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3
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wes   [Jul 09, 2003]

please

Customer Service

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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