3 miles
467 ft
-1,164 ft
Avg time
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Lower Chiquita Details

  • Riding Area
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Both Directions
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
  • Physical Rating
  • Season
    all year
  • TTFs on Trail
    Drop, Rock Face, Skinny
  • Global Ranking
  • Land Manager
    Cleveland National Forest (Trabuco District)

Technical trail with some uphill at the beginning. Lots of tight and technical rock gardens.

Access Info

From blue jay camp ground: take the upper san juan trail to where it splits. It splits multiple times, but at this split there will be a wooden sign that should say chiquita (left) and san juan (right). Follow upper chiquita to pretty much the waterfall. Just before you get to the waterfall, there will be a left that splits off and up. The bottom brings you out to the parking lot across from the candy store on the ortega.

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More Stats for Lower Chiquita bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -697 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,677 ft
  • Altitude max
    2,643 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,428 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,731 ft
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    1 miles
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    286 ft
  • Avg time
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on Jan 1, 2018
Very Dry
Avg: 4.15 (6 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Directions to lower-chiquita trailhead (33.620770, -117.455390)
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Lower Chiquita Trail Reports

Jan 1, 2018 @ 2:36pm
Jan 1, 2018
Very overgrown and blown out in some spots. Desperately needs maintenance. If I lived here I would happily take it on. Mostly rideable and I still...
Nov 29, 2017 @ 9:02am
Nov 29, 2017
Some erosion issues after last winter's rains. Many of the nice rock rolls are collapsed.
May 27, 2015 @ 8:48pm
May 27, 2015
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Jan 6, 2018 @ 12:45pm
Jan 6, 2018
Lower Chiquita, My City

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2 Reviews & Comments

  • + 0
flag happyboyc (Jan 1, 2018 at 14:32)
 very overgrown and in need of maintenance, long sleeves and eye protection recommended. popular with hikers and I saw no other bike tracks, most likely due to maintenance issue. Epic potential just not quite there.
  • + 0
flag SantaCruzCole (Mar 18, 2018 at 14:58)
 Seriously overgrown. Branches and leaves and everything hit you 24/7. There is a few sections that are too tight for a bike to fit so you have to walk it around. There’s rock features everywhere and singles everywhere. Extremely technical and fun otherwise . I wore short sleeves and there’s a few spots I ended up bleeding though but def. worth it!

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