Fishermans Camp Trail is a 3.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Lake Elsinore, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October.
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.
Great Hike ! There's tons of water ...
Pretty hike. Kids loved it! Went when the water was rushing after the rain.
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
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.
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)
one of my favorites to hike so many beautiful scenes
Its a great hike. I wouldn't mtn bike here. It isn't allowed and they will bust you bigger than Sh***
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!
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!