Lake Clementine Trail

MODERATE
#1 of 16 trails in Auburn State Recreation Area
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.

Emily Isaacson
3 days ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

My puppy and I loved this hike. Didn't see any rattlesnakes which was a plus :)

Stephanie Buck
6 days ago

4 Completed2 Reviews

Lukas Yoga
7 days ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Stephanie Weaver
9 days ago

4 Completed3 Reviews

The view of the dam was amazing and sitting in front of it even more so. This trail will give you a work out! My 12 year old nephew and I were able to do it.

Shirley Bayne
9 days ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

It was beautiful. The wild flower were the prettiest I have seen in a long time. The river is always beautiful.

Jen Berry-Weber
10 days ago

6 Completed2 Reviews

Brittany W.
17 days ago

Brittany W.
19 days ago

Bojana Bojana Gojkovic
20 days ago

3 Completed2 Reviews

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Kristi Hawks
26 days ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Perfect intensity. Not too easy and not hard. Be careful for slippery rocks at the dam along the wall, stay low to the ground as you carefully go down. 7am is the perfect time to start the trail- before the heat and troves of people get there.

Elise Rice
30 days ago

8 Completed9 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
1 month ago

7 Completed6 Reviews

Rebekha Tobar
1 month ago

7 Completed2 Reviews

Henry Turcios
1 month ago

4 Completed3 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
1 month ago

2 Completed1 Reviews

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

Nicole Wells
1 month ago

4 Completed4 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
1 month ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Josh Crawford
1 month ago

2 Completed4 Reviews

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

Kristina Allen
1 month ago

2 Completed2 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
1 month ago

2 Completed2 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!