Lake Clementine Trail

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Lake Clementine Trail is 2 miles located near Auburn, California. The trail is primarily used for mountain biking and hiking. Leads to the spot where the North Fork Dam meets the rocks for an outstanding view of cascading water. Trail passes under the tallest bridge in California, Foresthill Bridge.

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Jeff Bucher (132)

3 Completed3 Reviews

The weather was great people on the trail were friendly. There were a lot of mountain Bikers. It was uphill all the way to the North Fork Dam and Clementine Lake. It was a pretty good workout.

The remnants of historic bridges dot the canyon walls. You pass under the Foresthill Bridge (highest bridge in California) and walk by the massive support pylons.

Maryeth Ann Loriaux (74)

2 Completed2 Reviews

Great trail. I took my 2 dogs (9 and 10 years old.) They loved it. Pack water. I didn't and they were thirsty for the walk back. We hiked down to the river. Beautiful but steep. A lot of great swimming holes. Next time I will pack a lunch and bring my swimsuit. Overall good hike. Uphill on the way in. $10 to park. It was busy at the trailhead but not bad once you hit the tail. Lots of families and dogs.

Ed Vizenor (57)

1 Completed1 Reviews

was awesome!

kristy benner (131)

5 Completed3 Reviews

Like this hike a lot. It did seem more than 125 ft incline but over all was great work out and really shaded. When we got to the lake and dam. There was no way to get to the lake for swimming but lots of swimming holes along the river. Lots and lots of mt bikers. Nice shaded trail in the morning! Will go again for sure.

Beverly L. (85)

Great beginner trail. Plan to spend the day at clark's hole, the water is calm and warm. We brought rafts and lunch, it made a perfect day. $10 to park at confluence, but free if you park along hwy 49 just outside of confluence and walk back over the little bridge.

Emily Fife (42)

2 Completed1 Reviews

Great place for kids. A bunch of us ages 3-40+ hiked the entire trail and spent several hours at Clark's Pool. Perfect day.

JD Vargas (37)

1 Completed1 Reviews

4 stars for the Clark's Pool swimming hole that is accessed by the Lake Clementine trail. Easy .8 mile walk on a busy and flat trail to the pool. Once there, lots of little mini-beaches to set up on. The water is amazingly warm, and there are a couple places to jump off rocks; one about 10 feel high and the other about 20 feet high. Great place for kids. We went on a Sunday and it was pretty crowded, but there were still spots open.

Jennifer P. (213)

No one mentioned the $10.00 self paid parking fee for parking near the trailhead. Also, while trail was nice and wide with lots of shady areas (especially in morning hours), it seemed like we climbed significantly higher than the advertised 125 ft elevation gain. Mapmyhike app indicated we had traveled 2.65 miles and still had not reached the lake- we could see the falls through the trees, but didn't get there because we weren't equipped for anything more than a leisurely stroll. I recommend the hike for the reasons others stated, but I'd make sure you had a decent supply of water with you (and ten bucks).

Elizabeth Morabito (62)

1 Completed1 Reviews

Gorgeous hike but from what I could tell, there was no easy access to Lake Clementine to swim. We were somewhat disappointed after hiking mostly uphill in 100 degree heat. However, we took a snack break overlooking the dam and then found a trail leading down to the river. This trail was difficult since it was pretty steep and the last portion was all over rocks. But it was so worth it!! Most gorgeous swimming hole ever. Picnicked on a rock and loved every minute of it.

Audrey W. (314)

Such a lovely hike!! The gal at the front kiosk was very helpful. Went with a friend and my German shepherd. Would have been awesome just the friend and I but our dog couldn't handle the hot rocky path. So if your dog acts like a princess like mine, this isn't a trail to being the pup on! There are tons of little offshoots to head down and swim in the emerald water. It's a very easy steady incline all the way in. Will definitely be going back again, bring water!