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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Susan Shlykov (45)

4 Completed1 Reviews

The trail begins off Old Foresthill Road on the south side of the North Fork of the American River. You can park on the north side (where the more difficult Stagecoach Trail begins). Walk across the bridge to begin.
More parking a couple hundred yards up and across the road. Be sure to have $10 USD in cash for self-registration for the parking/day use fee. The trail is pretty easy and mostly shady in the morning, with just a short distance that narrows. It has a gradual incline for about 2/3 of the way up to the road that leads to L. Clementine. Once you reach pavement, turn left and hike down 1/2 mile to a small trail on the left that leads to the close up view of the dam and falls. Beautiful! P.S: well kept bathrooms at both parking areas.

Elaine Renshaw (209)

5 Completed1 Reviews

Great little hike. Went mid-day on a Tuesday and only passed a few bikes and a handful of people. Next time I go, I'll be taking the bike out of retirement.

Jeremy Masters (126)

10 Completed5 Reviews

I usually hike here from the stagecoach trail which is a lot longer route, but definitely worth it if you time it right so the full moon is high in the sky when you reach the damn.
Then slide down the giant pyramid like steps and sit on a rock in front of a glowing waterfall, breathing in the negative ions for a couple hrs before heading back.

Nancy S. (282)

Nice leisurely hike on the ridge above the river. The Lake was a surprise, I did not expect to see so much water as most lakes in California are very very low.

Lauren Gerdes (78)

2 Completed1 Reviews

Beautiful hike takes about an hour to get to the lake from the forest hill bridge you can climb near the damn the trails next to the lake are so beautiful too, saw some people kayaking on the lake, looked really peaceful would love to do that some time! All in all it was a great day to be outdoors in nature breathing in fresh air!

Natalie Allin (99)

2 Completed2 Reviews

Very simple hike, beautiful views of forest hill bridge and the dam is absolutely breathtaking. Perfect quick day hike.

Sierk Haitsma (174)

11 Completed11 Reviews

Lake Clementine Trail to Fuel Break Trail to Culvert Trail to Confluence Trail gives you a nice 7 mile loop. We used Shane Dinkins tracks. Mostly uphill until you reach the Confluence Trail after crossing Forest Hill Road. It took us about 3 hrs. in all. Nice hike!

Candace Marcum (121)

2 Completed1 Reviews

Good trail for beginners or with dogs. It was my first hike after recovering from a herniated disc and i broke a good sweat but didn't want to die. We took our two huskies and there were some little streams along the way for them to drink. Mostly uphill heading to the lake clementine dam. Pretty steep coming back up from it. But beautiful dam. Other than that the hike didn't have much to see except tree. Another tree. Lots of shade. Plenty of free parking off hwy 49. Went in end of December on a sunny day and got a bit chilly in the shade so wear a good coat.

Jeff Bucher (172)

11 Completed6 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 (122)

6 Completed5 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.