Clementine Trail to Clark's Pool

MODERATE 194 reviews

Clementine Trail to Clark's Pool is a 4.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Auburn, CA that features a lake and is rated as moderate. 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

walking

horseback riding

lake

river

views

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.

hiking
4 days ago

Beautiful views
Light traffic
A little hard to tell how to get down the damm
$10 parking
A little short

6 days ago

12 days ago

This trail is prefect! Not hard and not to easy!

17 days ago

Great hike. Nice and easy for families of all ages.

23 days ago

Great simple hike...paved road down near the end and keep in mind this is a spillover from a dam not a waterfall. Still beautiful and loved that we could hike side by side most of the way.

Great swimming hole along the way.

hiking
26 days ago

Did this hike on 9/2/16. Great place for a couple or family. Took about 3 hours to do the out and back, stopping for lunch at the dam.

Some spots are very sunny so bring sunscreen and water. Also wear good walking/hiking boots as parts of the trail gets rocky. Most of the trail is wide with plenty of room for 4-5 people across.

After the hike bring some folding chairs, a cooler with drinks and food/snacks and walk down and relax by the river. Don't forget the life jackets for the little ones.

walking
27 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

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 :)

1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

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.

1 month ago

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

1 month ago

1 month ago

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

hiking
2 months ago

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

hiking
2 months ago

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.

hiking
2 months ago

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.

hiking
2 months ago

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!

2 months 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!