Lake Clementine Trail

EASY 186 reviews
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Lake Clementine Trail is a 4.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Auburn, CA that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

4.6 miles 662 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

canoeing

fishing

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

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horseback riding

lake

river

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waterfall

wildlife

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Lake Clementine Trail 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.


1 day ago

hiking

It was great! We did the 5 mile with 4 kids (3-12) and swam at Clarks Pool. It was beautiful. We arrived at 9am. Was perfect weather all morning. On our way back to the car from Clarks Pool was super hot! So hike early and play late :)


2 days ago


3 days ago

hiking

Great hike. Clark's Hole for a swim is a must!


4 days ago

hiking


5 days ago

hiking

Beautiful trail but would not categorize as "easy." A lot of uphill and the trail was pretty narrow and precarious at parts. Also, according to our phones, from the parking on 49 to the lake and back was actually just over 5 miles.


7 days ago

If your just starting, awesome little hike! Great views.


14 days ago


23 days ago

I'd give it 3.5 if I could, nothing all that special but a fun, easy hike with our two dogs.


30 days ago

hiking

Great beginner trail. Lots of places to swim as well. Fun for dogs and families.


1 month ago

hiking

Great easy trail. There is a swimming hole where a lot of people gather mid day. It's off to the left of the trail. Getting to the dam was slightly challenging you can have climb down rocks to get closer to the dam. Overall will be going back. Have to pay 10$ for parking. Took about 2 hours to complete. 1 hour each way.


1 month ago

hiking

It's was great. Walking along the river. There are some steep trails going to the river. But mostly easy to hike. Walking to the dam was so worth it. But go early, there is a closer parking area to the dam without hiking. And it get full in the afternoon. FYI, you got to pay for parking.


1 month ago

hiking

So fun. There's a part of the river/ creek that you can swim in & a big rock you can jump off of into the water. At the end of the hike there's a paved road & you can walk to see the dam. It's great! You can climb down the rocks & check it out. Cool Photo op! It's a pretty easy hike even for beginners & kids! Great for everyone!


1 month ago

This trail is hot this time of year. Not much pay off in the end. We would have loved to get in the lake after the hike but we found out people and dogs are not allowed to swim in the lake. The only way to get to the water is a small but steep hike down to the river. We have an old lab that couldn't make it. There were lots of people thinking they would get to the lake and swim so we weren't the only ones. Otherwise great workout!


1 month ago

hiking

Hiked this trail with the family then swam afterwards. The trail is perfect if you're taking the kiddos out for the day. The terrain is nice and smooth with gradual inclines. There is also a great water hole along the path.


1 month ago

hiking

Nice sceneries in the area. Definitely will go back


1 month ago

hiking

Enjoyed the peaceful day along this trail. Weather was perfect and river was refreshing after the hike. Will be back!


1 month ago

hiking

Beautiful, easy hike. We especially enjoyed the views of the river. The waterfall was beautiful, well worth the extra walk down the road. You can drive there separately, but we enjoyed hiking up to it.


1 month ago


1 month ago

Very rewarding walk you can go at your own speed and the views are beautiful Watch out for the bikes.


2 months ago

I've walked this trail twice and enjoyed it very much both times.