Happy Camp Canyon Trail

MODERATE 21 reviews

Happy Camp Canyon Trail is a 8.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Moorpark, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
8.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
961 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

views

wildlife

hiking
26 days ago

mountain biking
2 months ago

3 months ago

When you pass the second kiosk stay right to climb the switchbacks for more intensity. Go to left for rolling terrain. Haven't done the full loop in awhile but will again soon.

mountain biking
4 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful rolling hills. Nice and quiet. Wildflowers of all kinds at the moment.

hiking
6 months ago

a nice, mainly flat, some hills, trailed road.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

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Saturday, September 03, 2016

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

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Saturday, June 11, 2016

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Thursday, June 04, 2015

hiking
Monday, March 02, 2015

As others have said, this trail isn't anything special. There are some nice views from the top of mountain, but most of the area is flat and sandy, not to mention the "hike" parallel to the golf course for the first mile takes away from the experience. I don't recommend entering from the golf course parking lot.

horseback riding
Tuesday, November 18, 2014

hiking
Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Happy Camp is neither happy, nor a true camp... It's a rural, arid grassland in the rolling hills north of Moorpark, along a restricted dirt fire road where you may not camp overnight and where motor vehicles are not permitted. The hike during 3 seasons out of the year is usually warm to hot, unexciting and features your basic Southern California endemic shrubs, grasses and some invasive weeds. There are a few trees here and there, but most are stunted and scrubby due to lack of water. Also note that you may not take your dog hiking with you into the Happy Camp area but horses are allowed?

If you do choose to hike or mountain bike in Happy Camp, bring plenty of water, snacks and proper clothing. Numerous rattlesnakes, coyotes, bobcat, deer and the occasional mountain lion can be found here, so enjoy and of course - be careful. There are also lots of ticks, so be prepared. When I've hiked into Happy Camp, I've had decent cell coverage with Verizon, but I've heard from friends of mine that their reception was poor. Firearms and bows are not permitted, however for self-defense you can bring pepper spray and I advise doing so.

Happy Camp would do far better if it were converted back into a real camp with an improved road for vehicles, a 24-hour camp host to monitor the site and a small fee to pay for routine maintenance. This way more people, including elderly and handicapped individuals can enjoy this place...

hiking
Thursday, July 31, 2014

I was only going to do 4 miles in but did the 5 to the power lines. glad to be off my feet started getting a hot spot at about 6 miles back.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

hiking
Saturday, November 09, 2013

Not much to look at on this trail. Was lucky enough to see several deer but that was because we branched out off trail. Pretty flat trails.

hiking
Sunday, June 23, 2013

Loved how open this was but also a bit disappointed that there was a section where dogs were not allowed! Easy walk though, would do it again.

hiking
Saturday, January 05, 2013

Friday, August 17, 2012