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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Sierk Haitsma (148)

9 Completed9 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 (119)

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 (135)

5 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 (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.

Ed Vizenor (57)

1 Completed1 Reviews

was awesome!

kristy benner (151)

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 (78)

38 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).