Fishermans Camp Trail is a 2.9 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. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length2.9 miElevation gain521 ftRoute typeOut & back
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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. Parking is limited so get there early. There are a lot of mosquitos in the area so you may want to bring along some bug spray. Camping is allowed in this area but NO FIRES.

California Travel and Tourism Commision, P.O. Box 1499 , Sacramento, CA, 95812-1499, Phone: 800-862-2543

Directions from Temecula, CA: Travel Interstate 15 to the Clinton Keith Road exit and go west, then south on Tenaja Road for a total of 9.9 miles. Turn right on Rancho California Road (FS 7S01). Continue on paved and unpaved road for 2.4 miles to limited parking at a sharp curve on the unpaved road.

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Arthur VanSicklen
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Alexey Larionov
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Michelle Uruchurtu
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Nice hike, fine for kids too. Creek was flowing nicely today once you get down there.

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Julie Willey
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I love this little camp. We hiked in today to check if there is any water for an upcoming backpacking stay, there isn't. Pack plenty if you are staying overnight.

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Paul Byrd
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Chris Cason
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Backpacking

The drive out here was extremely easy. This drive doesn’t even compare to the Barker Valley Trail road (except for the giant snakes I drove over). It is paved and clean. Just take your time once you get in to the 1 lane area. No snakes on the trail today. Water source was good at the bottom near camp. It’s only a quick 1.5 mile hike down to the camp area and then another 1.5 miles back . Lots of poison oak. The trail was getting really hot due to no shade at all except for a few overgrown shrubs/trees. Once you get down to camp, theirs plenty of huge trees for shade. We Could not reach the Tenaja falls due to overgrowth and the extreme amounts of poison oak. I will definitely head back here to do a overnight backpack with son.

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Joshua Lothyan
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This is a great campground to have smack dab in the middle of nowhere. It was a great experience and there is a ton of adventure to be had.

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Julie Willey
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Nice trail with lots of wild flowers.

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Luis Cruz
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parking is very limited at this place get there early! I hit the trail around 7 in the morning and hiked for almost one hour,easy going but moderate coming back up.LOTS of bugs!! mosquitos ,mosquitos,mosquitos,everywhere.I still enjoyed my time there ,beautiful place!!lots of water down by the camping area,bring a good water filter!i used the Sawyer mini and it worked out great for me,it was very hot so I drink about 5 litters or so .seen a rattle snake on the trail coming up,be on a look out,they are defnetly out and about.all in all a great place to camp but NO FIRES !! loved this place and will be back again.

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Benjamin Pierce
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Short hike to fishermans but you can easily add on a lot of additional miles from here. Very pretty.

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RON BULLAR
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this was ok the road was narrow not in the beast condition for a car the trail were narrow as well

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Eli Robles
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Great Hike ! There's tons of water ...

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Kristi Johnson
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Pretty hike. Kids loved it! Went when the water was rushing after the rain.

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Joe Danley
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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

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Matt Doll
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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.

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Hector Lozano
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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)

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Fabiana G
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one of my favorites to hike so many beautiful scenes

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

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Jonathan Salomon
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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!

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Dane Wunderlich
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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!!

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Amanda Aragon
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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.

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Tree Hiker
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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.

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Paul Starks
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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

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Rebecca T
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Hiro Yokoi
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Tiffani Walten
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Austin Belote
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Tristen Campanella
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Carol Heim
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Alyssa Rodriguez
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