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In the heart of the gold country, the Auburn State Recreation Area (Auburn SRA) covers 40-miles of the North and Middle Forks of the American river. Once teeming with thousands of gold miners, the area is now a natural area offering a wide variety of recreation opportunities to over 900,000 visitors a year. Major recreational uses include hiking, swimming, boating, fishing, camping, mountain biking, gold panning, equestrian/horseback riding trails and off-highway motorcycle riding. Whitewater recreation is also very popular on both forks of the river, with Class II, III and IV runs. Over 30 -private outfitters are licensed to offer whitewater trips in Auburn SRA. Auburn SRA is made up of the lands set aside for the Auburn Dam. California State Parks administers the area under a contract with the US Bureau of Reclamation
$10 parking, but you can park on the Georgetown side of the bridge and start there. Parking is free on that side. The hike to lake Clementine is beautiful, with many places to stop off and rest. There are also many other trails you can explore near the trail head. There are bathrooms the bridge, as well as near Lake Clementine. Though the waterfalls are not natural falls, still very pretty hike, and fun spot for a picnic.
On a rainy day, the hike was beautiful. As an "out-of-towner", the trailhead was pretty easy to find thanks to this App and GoogleMaps, however the parking lot/spot is enough for 3-4 cars. I'm assuming during peak season, trekkers would park along the street. On to the hike. Downhill until you get down to the American River. Then a moderate/moderately easy uphill. Not sure how this trail is rated "Hard" but I guess it can be? The views were amazing. Mossy trees, salamanders after salamanders, clouds and fog drifting in. The sound of rain hitting the ground, creeks were lively. I would definitely come back on a drier day. Recommended for those who want a moderate hike.
Great photo opps here. Always a rainbow above the dam. Water splashes down on you. Very loud and a grand finale for having walked all that way. My son loved it. Easy hike. Lots of sun in the beginning and at the end. Lots of people on the trail. Very popular.
From where the trail starts, you are following a dirt road that is closed off from November through March. While the trail itself isn't much to look at since its a dirt road, it does offer great views down to the river, and to Summit Hill, with various vantage points and heights to take photos of the river from. It was fairly cool when i went but it was mid November. There were combinations of shady and exposed areas so bring sunscreen.
1st weekend of November, 67°, the falls were flowing beautifully. Pretty rough road the last 3mi. Nice, short, and easy hike. At the end of the trail when you get close to the falls theres a fork. To the left is the bottom of Codfish falls and to the right is a steep trail that leads you to the top of the falls. Totally worth being able to chill and put your feet in the top of a waterfall with some beautiful veiws! Take both and venture down below the falls there's some pretty cool areas to explore.