Fishermans Camp Trail

MODERATE 16 reviews
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Fishermans Camp Trail is a 3.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Lake Elsinore, CA that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until October.

3.1 miles 575 feet Out & Back

kid friendly

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

This out-and-back hike follows a well-maintained trail down into Tenaja Canyon, where it terminates at Fisherman's Camp, a small but nice backcountry campsite that requires advanced permission to use.

hiking
12 days ago

Fun hike!

backpacking
2 months ago

had a great time, BUT..the little repellent resistant black flies where a challenge. ..once night time came it was beautiful . so quiet. some kind of bird that sounded like a monkey woke me up around 2:30am and sounded off till sun rise life is good, God is great

hiking
5 months ago

July 11th 2016. The app says 3.1 miles. Remember that this is only one way! The trail was a little overgrown but that is expected on a trail that is not well known. We passed fisherman camp and went on to the falls. After the falls we walked up the road back to our vehicle. The total distance with the falls was 8 miles. By 10am it was already over 90 outside. I went through 3 liters of water.

6 months ago

started at 8am it started to warm up quick. bring water. a bit of pestering by some yellow looking flies as it got warmer maybe just the season. beautiful canyon and mountain views. the creek was dry. little shade bring a hat. declines into canyon campimg area and if you go back the same route incline up back to trailhead. lots of shade in creek area. lots of birds singing saw plenty of lizards including a horned lizard and a toad inside of the sign in box (i set em free)

6 months ago

one of my favorites to hike so many beautiful scenes

1 year ago

hiking
1 year ago

Its a great hike. I wouldn't mtn bike here. It isn't allowed and they will bust you bigger than Sh***

hiking
1 year ago

Started this trail from Fisherman's Camp after heading down from Tenaja Trail. It was cloudy, but on a warmer day I would probably suggest going early to avoid the sun as there isn't much shade. Great views of the canyon, and awesome rock formations along the way. Pretty steady grade the whole way up the switchbacks with some level spots around the corners. Tons of wildflower a right now!

hiking
1 year ago

hiking
2 years ago

We first found out about Fisherman's Camp in the Explorer's Guides book, "50 Hikes in Orange County", by Karin Klein, published in 2010, where they combined the Fisherman's Camp trail with the San Mateo Canyon Trail just beyond it to turn the short, 1.6 mile one-way hike into an enjoyable, 7.8 mile, 900 feet elev. gain out-and-back hike!

But be warned! The trailhead for Fisherman's Camp is hard to find! Several of the tracks on AllTrails have it wrong, and even my guidebook got the directions to the trailhead wrong. The real trailhead is at (N 33.532351, -117.393268).

So here are the corrections:

1.) The entry road that leads to Fisherman's Camp is no longer called Killen Trail Road or Wildomar Road. Old topo maps call it Wildomar Road. On Google, it is called the TENAJA TRUCK TRAIL.

2.) The trailhead shown on several Fisherman's Camp tracks is really for the Tenaja Canyon trail and not Fisherman's Camp. Fortunately, the forest service has posted maps of the area at all major trailheads. Check the map to see where you really are. The Fisherman's Camp trailhead is about a mile or so further north on the Tenaja Truck Trail from the Tenaja Canyon Trailhead (which has plenty of parking and bathrooms!). The trailhead is also correctly marked on my track for this trail.

3.) Please note that NO horses or bikes are allowed on this trail. It is for foot hiking only!

4.) A Forest Adventure Pass is required for parking, and advance permits are required for actually camping at Fisherman's Camp. Also, there is only one usable parking spot at the trailhead, and you can easily get blocked in if someone parks behind you. So park a mile or so away at the Tenaja Canyon or Tenaja Falls trailheads if you want a safer parking option.

Finally, there is no cell phone reception on the trail, so bring an offline map with you.

Errors aside, the Fisherman's Camp trail (and the San Mateo Canyon tails beyond it) are worth hiking if you can get to them. The views are quite wonderful, the campsite is pleasant, the trail is well maintained yet remote and uncrowded, and the whole area is filled with fantastic wildflowers in March/April during non-drought years! We're definitely returning to this trail in the future!

camping
3 years ago

Done this one a few times. Nice quick trip. Not too hot, lots of shade. But beware, lots of poison oak too. Made camp right next the the dry riverbed. Actually built above ground beds to keep us off the ground. Lots of critters. Haven't gone all the way to the falls via this way. But there is also a nice little camp spot about 1.5 miles past the Tenaja Falls too. A local fast trip if you need to get out asap!!

hiking
3 years ago

The ride getting up there is a bit confusing and lack of service makes it hard to communicate if your meeting people, a paper map would be a wise idea for this trail. The hike is nice! Pretty mild and easy on the body. Watch out for snakes. We couldn't find the loop around so we ended up going out and back, it was about 8 miles which was nice. Overall it was great. Lots of pretty rock plant life.

hiking
5 years ago

Cool place. It was a ghost town when I was there.

hiking
5 years ago

I could not find the continuation of the trail to go to Tenaja Falls after I got down to Fisherman's camp. The trail to Tenaja is marked at the junction and I followed it -- but after I reached the riverbed the trail seemed to go nowhere. A LOT of poison oak around as well. I think the trail went to the right as per the pointed wooden pole they'd erected, but after looking around for a while and not wanting to get lost I turned back. I'll post pictures later on. Saw a Coast Horned Lizard on the way back to the trailhead which was cool since Id never seen one before. TONS of mosquitoes down in the river FYI. Id deem the hike moderate due to elevation from the parking area. Very desolate out there which was nice, only saw 2 people coming back out when I was going down.

hiking
5 years ago

nice trip, all green vistas this time of year. Creeks a running high. 1.6 miles in all down hill, 1.6 miles out all up hill

hiking
5 years ago

Nice trail, green vistas. could not loop it with Tanaja Falls as the creeks are running high and could not cross without fording. Saw 3 groups of people, 2 hiking and one group camping. The campers set camp in the river bed! All down hill one way all uphill on the way out. Nice outing