Fisherman's Camp to Bluewater Canyon
ElevationAscent: 1,040' 317 m
Descent: -1,040' -317 m
High: 1,537' 468 m
Low: 1,022' 312 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 26% (14°)
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“An out-and-back in the Santa Ana chaparral to a wonderful pool.”— A Fisher
From Fisherman's Camp, take the San Mateo Trail towards Bluewater Canyon. From this point on, the trail is overgrown with poison oak and black mustard, but it is still clear where the trail is. There are several stream crossings before you come to a sandy camping area 0.1 miles west of the junction with Bluewater Canyon. Note that this is 3.6 miles one way, and you'll need to run back to the trailhead the same distance.
We saw lots of coyote scat, a water snake, many birds, and frogs.
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Land Manager: Cleveland National Forest - San Mateo Wilderness South