Explore the most popular trails near Lake Elsinore with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.




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I love this place. Sadly right now the fire is burning our beautiful Lake Elsinore.

Nice and easy trail. My wife, me, & dog Bernie started at 7am and had the place to ourselves. We did the ridge first and took the canyon back. Not a super exciting trail but if you’re looking to get out into nature this is a good hike. Enjoy.

18 days ago

Hard but super worth it.

21 days ago

Awesome trail. Gorgeous views.

27 days ago

Fun, short little hike! Recommend in the morning to avoid the heat! Safe area. Trail head is across the street from the parking lot.

on McVicker Stairs

29 days ago

Amazing workout! Since it's so short, it is possible to do it 3 or 4 times in an hour.

1 month ago

Love this trail. Seems more on the moderate side. The only challenge is the last .7 of the trail, but it is fun. Also, there is a lot of uphill on the way back...way more than you realize. Good idea to take pics of the trail crossings...could get lost w/o them.

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.

Nice trail!

Took the trail in my completely stock 2012 tacoma trd off road dropped into 4x4 hi but I feel like I didn’t really need too. Some minor ruts but I made it through with stock clearance. It was very rocky in some sections. Will be back again with a lift bigger tires and aired down just to take away from the rocky sections.

Love this place. Very quiet and peaceful...no one in sight! Beautiful! No water and didn’t find the falls this time, but will be back to explore. Fairly easy...slightly moderate on way back.

off road driving
2 months ago

Took my 89 XJ down the trail and had no problems, just pick good lines because some of those ruts could leave you on your side or worse.

Nice trail, but do it early.

Breathtaking views all around most of the way. The spot where the waterfalls would be was completely dry again though on the May 12th weekend.

Took about 3.5 hours to get up there with okay pace and some quick photo stops. 2.15 return. (So, definitely longer than 4 hr round trip as some people have commented)

This is not a hiking trail !
This is a beautiful walking trail that rises above lake Elsinore. Running and bicycling with kids and strollers friendly.
Any one can do this trail. It has mile markers and portable toilets along the jetty . It is a dirt path with almost no hills or incline. There is a natural wildlife habitat on both sides of the path. IncludingHundreds of rabbits , lizards and only a few snakes. You can walk right up to the waters edge. On most days you will see about 100 people throughout the whole day Sun up to sundown ,if not more including the ladies of “leave no woman behind “ active Community Facebook group. If You never walk or hike before this is a great place to start.

off road driving
2 months ago

I wanted to take the kids "off- roading." It was a fun, easy trip in my Land Cruiser! Not too technical but you will get brush tattoos in some of the narrow spots!

I liked this trail. It was a decent elevation shift but smooth trail. there are longer routes and you can connect with the falls trail to extend your hike distance.

trail running
3 months ago

this was awesome ! went on Wed afternoon. I ran pretty much the whole way. real trail to run on. highly recommend it.

The entrance to the trail is located on the same side as the candy store just a few yards west of the candy store. Although this trail is not technically difficult it is a long trail that steadily climbs which is more difficult in the heat. Beautiful views Some shade in the first half the hike. Found very few places to sit and take a break along the way. Personally I would recommend this hike in cooler weather 90 degrees was a little to hot for me.

3 months ago

Tad bit of water at the falls. Not enough to rinse my hands. Seen lots of lizards .heard a growl from a large critter.

Would rate this more as moderate- there's nothing that is technically challenging if you're in decent shape. Not heavily trafficked. Pretty steady climb, the only "steep" part would be at the very end to get to the peak. Lots of places to stop and enjoy the view along the way. Some shaded areas in the middle of the trail, but mostly exposed. The view is stunning!

Trail starts in parking lot across the street from the candy store. A little over 11 miles from parking to falls and back, 9.1 miles as stated on app is incorrect. Falls are not impressive but it’s a nice hike to get there nonetheless. A good 4 hours round trip, take lots of water, sunscreen and a hat. Wear good trail shoes, parts of the trail are dry with loose pebbles/rocks easy to slip in the wrong shoes. Lots of pretty wild flowers along the way.

off road driving
3 months ago

pretty fun, some pretty big ruts along the way, but nothing to crazy.

3 months ago

Super beautiful hike! There is only a little bit of water left where the waterfall should be. Towards the end is a table seating area to the right. After that, the trail doesn't have much shade but it is only a short period of time. Will definitely go again.

A large part is rocky and slippery

off road driving
4 months ago

narrow in most places. some good size ruts

Nice and easy. Took our brand new Dogo pup on her first trail. lol what a time! lol. fun times.

Lots of lizards and poison oak throughout the trail. We saw a rattle snake after 4 corners half way up to the peak

I would wear more sturdy shoes as the rocks were taxing AND the trail was beautiful. provided for a great work out! sooo quiet for the most part. would have liked more written on trail markers than"stay on trail".

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