Lake Clementine Trail

#1 of 14 trails in Auburn State Recreation Area

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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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Matt Cowles (62)

3 Completed3 Reviews

kelly Hazlett (320)

5 Completed5 Reviews

This was a great hike loved the sights

Morgan Lardizabal (319)

6 Completed5 Reviews

Very pretty trail. Too short for my tastes, but if you're close to the area, it's a nice morning hike. We got there around 8:15 and it was perfect. We were able to pull in the ranger area/trail head to park. Didn't feel strenous, but calves were sore the next day. Make sure to take the little dirt path up on top, before you hit the lake. Gorgeous view of the dam!

Bunnie Qualley (260)

5 Completed3 Reviews

easy nice hike. A lot of traffic if you go late afternoon. You walk along side of the river underneath Foresthill Bridge which leads to a beautiful damn. pretty wide open the entire time

Eric Schroer (243)

2 Completed2 Reviews

5 stars for moderate hikers looking for a short to mid length hike.

Trail begins on forest hill road. I couldn't find clementine trailhead on google maps but you can google maps "black hole of Calcutta trailhead" and maps will direct you just a minute away from the clementine trail head.

You hike along the river, underneath a huge bridge and to the dam. The dam is incredible and the more adventurous can climb around the damn,finding some incredible shots

Bring your bathing suit! There was a lot of foot traffic and a few mountain bikers on a Sunday.

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. (319)

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!