Lake Clementine Trail

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Lake Clementine Trail is a 4.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Auburn, CA that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

4.6 miles 662 feet Out & Back
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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. The waterfall is absolutely amazing. There are rarely any people at the base of the fall but there is an abundance of poison oak so you need to be careful. Another good feature about this hike is about a quarter of a mile into the hike you pass by Clark's Pool - a fairly popular swimming hole. Despite being in the middle of the river, it is actually quite warm and very refreshing - especially since the first half of the hike is totally unshaded and gets rather hot.

Elise Rice
2 days ago

7 Completed0 Reviews

This is probably one of my favorite hikes right now. It's about two miles to lake clementine and two miles back. Predominantly flat ground with some steady inclines. Great scenery the entire way. You'll see forest hill bridge near the beginning and rainbow falls at the end. Plenty of photo opportunities!

Von Seuthsanith
2 days ago

2 Completed0 Reviews

Rebekha Tobar
4 days ago

6 Completed0 Reviews

Henry Turcios
5 days ago

2 Completed0 Reviews

Started in the morning around 9:30AM. There was plenty of shade on the way to the lake at this hour, and the cool temperatures helped. On the way back, there was little shade as you got closer to the trail head but only for about a mile. The view of the lake and waterfall from the dam was nice and worth it, and the fact that it is only about 40 minutes from Sacramento makes it a great local hike for beginners.

Tim Brooks
9 days ago

2 Completed0 Reviews

Beautiful hike although lacks shade throughout most of hike. Met many friendly people along the way.

Nicole Wells
10 days ago

4 Completed0 Reviews

Nice trail along the American River, a bit crowded in certain spots but manageable. Very scenic and almost all at an incline. Bring lots of water!

Brianna Hernandez
11 days ago

1 Completed0 Reviews

Josh Crawford
11 days ago

2 Completed0 Reviews

Very nice hike. My wife and I took our two Pit bulls and they loved it!

Kristina Allen
12 days ago

2 Completed0 Reviews

Absolutely Beautiful!

I appreciate the gradual inclines and for the most part, wide trail. There is something to admire around every bend from rapid waters to little critters. There are many butterfly's and birds with the occasional lizard.

The earlier you arrive, the better. We arrived at 8:30AM and the trail was comfortably open to hike on. At 1:30PM, heading back to the car many people were arriving. I suggest you wear a hat if you are going to hike mid-day because the sun can be brutal.

There are many dog owners and bike riders sharing the trail with you.

This trail is a photographers dream!

Kristina Allen
12 days ago

2 Completed0 Reviews

Absolutely Beautiful!

I appreciate the gradual inclines and for the most part, wide trail. There is something to admire around every bend from rapid waters to little critters. There are many butterfly's and birds with the occasional lizard.

The earlier you arrive, the better. We arrived at 8:30AM and the trail was comfortably open to hike on. At 1:30PM, heading back to the car many people were arriving. I suggest you wear a hat if you are going to hike mid-day because the sun can be brutal.

There are many dog owners and bike riders sharing the trail with you.

This trail is a photographers dream!

Patrick W
16 days ago

1 Completed0 Reviews

Very clean. Ranger was very friendly.

Austin Samsel
18 days ago

5 Completed0 Reviews

Ms.reyes
20 days ago

2 Completed0 Reviews

A great place!!

Jaime Collard
23 days ago

3 Completed0 Reviews

Great hike with the boys. Areas with wide path. Nice elevation to practice trail run.

Carol Quiring
25 days ago

1 Completed0 Reviews

beautiful scenery and definitely can get your heart rate going on the incline

Michaela Stevenson
26 days ago

3 Completed0 Reviews

Beautiful !

Amber Maldonado
26 days ago

1 Completed0 Reviews

It was a blast and I did it with three kids ranging in toddler to teen. Super animal friendly and kid friendly except a few spots they needed assistance. Cannot wait to explore more of this area. My son did get a tick to make sure to bring tweezers just in case.

Kelly Rose
26 days ago

4 Completed0 Reviews

Easy hike with nice shaded areas. Beautiful photo ops near the damn. Lots of poison oak!

Andrew Amos
29 days ago

1 Completed0 Reviews

Stephen Smallwood
1 month ago

5 Completed0 Reviews

Great relaxing day walking this trail with some friends. Kids loved it too. Saw lots of friendly dogs as well. Great family day on this trail.