North Fork of the American River Lake Clementine Trail

MODERATE 9 reviews

North Fork of the American River Lake Clementine Trail is a 2.9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Cool, CA that features a river 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.

2.9 miles 787 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running


horseback riding



wild flowers


1 month ago

A pretty short hike down to the lake where there is a small access area to the lake. Unfortunately not a lot to see until you get to the lake. but a nice diversion from the connector trail.

3 months ago

It was a decent hike, but the location at the lake was disappointing. Thought there would be a spot for the kids to take a break and play in the water. That's if you don't mind ski boats flying by. Ended up hiking in and then hiking out. The kids were disappointed. There are definitely nicer spots on Lake Clementine than this one.

6 months ago

Directions are confusing as the pin isn't dropped at the trailhead, but if you go to where el dorado meets 49 and park you can find it. Decent hike. Not terribly difficult, but not a walk in the park either.

8 months ago

Great, challenging at times, hike. Beautiful views.

8 months ago

Can anyone tell me if I can bring my dog on this trail?

9 months ago

Hard, lots of steep trails. Bring water and comfortable clothes.

11 months ago

Before I moved, this was my absolutely favorite trail! Never crowded. There is a beautiful area to swim at the end.

cross country skiing
11 months ago

It's a great view, but if you're going to adventure out off the trail make sure you have plenty of water & daylight.

1 year ago

I am putting the Gate 150 trail in this location since there doesn't seem to be a listing for it on the site. The trail is an easy, mostly flat trail to Calcutta Falls. The only up / down part is at the falls. It is very beautiful and worthy of your time. Good for your dog and if you like to ride a horse.