Lake Clementine Trail

#1 of 14 trails in Auburn State Recreation Area
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.

4.0 miles Out & Back 125 feet
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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.

Jonathan Grass

3 Completed3 Reviews

Nice hike to the lake, and on the way back you can hit Clark's Hole for a dip under Foresthill Bridge.

Amber Willis

3 Completed3 Reviews

Very nice easy going hike. Nice place to go swim as well. Surrounded by other hikes in the exact area.

Stacey Savidge

1 Completed1 Reviews

Amanda B.

Amazing family day jumped off the rocks into the river and explored off trail so much fun will be hiking around there again

Kenny Chao

3 Completed2 Reviews

It was an easy 2 miles. A little incline at the end. Lots of mountain bikers.

Kharla Graham

1 Completed1 Reviews

Jared Agee

2 Completed2 Reviews

Nice hike. Very easy. For all levels. Great for kids or dogs. Nice view of the creek and dam. Nice swimming hole along the path as well. We went off the trail to get atop of the largest bridge in CA. That was challenging considering we didn't use stagecoach trail. But if you are looking for a trail stagecoach will take you to the top of the bridge. If you want an adventure go of this trail and clamp up the mountain to the first leg of the bridge. about 2 miles up but very steep angle and fun if you like going off the trail a bit.

Vishnu Das

12 Completed8 Reviews

It's a great day hike and easy one for someone who is moderately experienced. We parked outside the fee area and took a small walk to the trailhead. We followed the trail sign for lake clementine. You need to go on a shared road (vehicular) to reach the last bit of the trail. There was a rainbow at the bottom of the falls at the dam.


Very easy hike. It's more like walking up the hills of San Francisco. Your legs can get tired if you're not used to it, but there is plenty of shade to stop under along the way. The water levels are low in August and you see less of the natural falls along the way, but there are some spots to stop and take a dip. I suggest walking to the very end and enjoy the view at the dam then stopping at a swimming hole on the way back.

sherry chappell

5 Completed3 Reviews

Decent hike. Views of water only partially along the way. Hiked all the way to end and then to dam. Did not see trail off to right for waterfall. Swimming hole was nice but crowded.