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Loved this, very easy trail and super pretty. The bridges and the falls are soooo perfect. I would go back, for sure!!!

Beautiful! Easy access.

A very good and well managed trail

The best trail for a short and fun weekend walking/hiking

We love this trail it is such a friendly and nature loaded environment. I hope they decide to rebuild the bridge down to the river in the future. That would be an amazing experience in the summer for my kiddos and dog

This trail is such great and scenic. It is not strenuous or difficult. I have gone a few times now and those with whom I have trailed range in age from 13 to 45 and one was 5 months pregnant. We took our dogs, on leashes, and enjoyed a great walk. other visitors we passed were all friendly and leashed their dogs as well. The trail is clean and the bridges are well maintained. The one bridge down to the water (approx a 30 minite walk in) looks like it is in the process of being surveyed for repairs and we're looking forward to visiting once it is secured to go down to the water. There are 2 toilets at the beginning of the hike. parking is easy, provided people are courteous and park perpendicular to hwy 48 rather than paralell.
Take water and snacks and a camera!

Great hiking trail for families and kids. Exposed to the West so sunny in the winter. Great views over the lake, Avery’s pond is peaceful and calm. Access to the lake is easy. Beaches are nice and there are lots of wildlife (geese, ducks, crane, red head woodpeckers, deers). Will definitely do it again.

This is a moderately easy (or easy moderate) hike. It's a quick drive from Sacramento. You can get there early to beat the crowds, but we started early afternoon on an overcast Saturday and there were plenty of people, but not so many that we felt it crowded.

You can see from the map there is a gradual ascent to the top of the dam, at which point you can take a short trail of switchbacks to get closer to the base of the dam. You follow the river at the base of the trail.
While there are not spectacular trees or special sites, the river is nice. The trail itself is well-maintained. Even after rain, I think it would be an easy trail to navigate.

A previous reviewer called this a nice and easy winter hike. I think that is a great description. I usually try to start off with shorter hikes in the winter to get myself into hiking shape for the spring and summer. The trail is well-maintained, a little crowded, but relatively wide in most places, and you get to see the North Fork Dam at the terminus. If you're looking to try your legs on a moderate hike, this one is pretty easy and straightforward. You could finish it easily in 1:30. We took more like 1:45-2 hours, stopping for a snack at the North Fork dam. You can really start it at any time of day (other than near sunset when the recreation area officially closes). I think it might be a little hot in middle of summer, but you are in a canyon for most of the trail, so that could offer some sun protection during certain times of day. We were there in February, so it was cool, but not cold.

The Auburn SRA has a variety of trails at all different levels. You could easily spend all day hiking in the area without seeing half of the trails. This particular trail is accessible to all hiking levels, even though it is rated as moderate.

Great trail. My two kids of 8 & 11 had a blast.

Parking is $10, park hours are from 8 AM to sunset.

The Clementine Trail extends past Clark's Pool and continues to the Clementine Reservoir. Clementine Dam impounds the North Fork American River- which is the Folsom Reservoir tributary as well- in a narrow canyon. Water from the reservoir pours over the top of the dam regardless of the weather. Though flow is predictably heaviest during the spring months, there's always a healthy flow fueling the waterfall.

The trail itself has two main attractions: the reservoir and Clark's Pool. Clementine Trail follows the North Fork American River, standing roughly 10-15 feet from the riverbanks, for the first mile. After Clark's Pool and the overhanging bridge, the trail widens to a 4x4 track and strays upward, well away from the banks of the river. This wide track continues, paved for the latter part, until the reservoir suddenly comes into view.

There's little to see between Clark's Pool and Clementine Reservoir. The trail is wide, shaded, and with no immediate surroundings apart from unremarkable trees. This stretch of trail coincides with the brief ~400 foot incline. There are some small spurs that can be taken to the riverbank, especially near the reservoir. After a rainy stretch, some tributaries to the river flow active, creating one or two waterfalls/cascades along the trail.

I did this hike on a Friday evening in February and saw ten or so other people on the trail. With relative solitude, this trail is a nice walk that follows a river, snakes through the trees, then culminates at a reservoir. The width of the track and paved portions of the trail are an obvious drawback, and the uninteresting stretch of nothingness between Clark's Pool and Clementine Reservoir detract from the overall quality of the trail. There's little to do (without snowshoeing) when Tahoe is blanketed in snow, though, so I'd recommend this as a laid-back winter hike.

This is an awesome little hike, show up early and you'll beat the crowds, there are lots of little trails to go down to the water along the way.

beautiful birthday hike!

26 days ago

This is a beautiful trail that follows the middle fork. It takes you to the old cave mines. The trial is kid and stroller friendly. We saw a river otter, bald eagle, and ducks. Go on a nice warm day or bundle up because the trial is mostly in the shade.

26 days ago

Great for all levels. The rock climbing area is a must see- my highlight!

Not a winter hike. Trail is in the shade and it was freezing cold. Not many views of the river below. Hike is wide and traffic is high; the trail dead ends at the dam with no other trails from there to view the lakes. Somewhat disappointing.

Made for a nice short walk. Easy hike to bring the kids along.

Beautiful waterfall! Lots of dogs on the trail. Rough road getting there, best getting there with truck, Jeep or SUV.

One of my favorite hikes! If you are stationed at Beale, go out the Grass Valley gate and you will be there within 20 minutes. We have hiked this different times of the day and it’s always been great. Remember to put the chain back on the fence when you cross into the field!

27 days ago

Easy trail and great for dogs trail is wide enough for horses and bikes to get through

Highly recommended for fun and family day. It’s totally shady trail and easy

Beautiful hike, took the whole family 2 hours to complete but worth it. We stopped and had a picnic by the waterfall.

Beautiful day to hike and great river views, but lots of people and bikers.

Lovely hike with nice views! Almost all in the shade. Easier to take Jones Bar Trail down then come back on Independence Trail. Also, this is a pretty easy trail; I wouldn’t say it’s moderate.

Nice, easy and well maintained trail...until you get to the end part which looks overgrown but it’s still nice all the same.

Nice easy hike with a lovely waterfall. You can climb down to swim by the waterfall - perfect for swimming and a life saver considering we hiked on a day where temps reached 110! Well marked trail but getting to the trailhead was difficult. No signs and all directions we found online led us to wrong places. You have to also go on an paved road for quite some time to get to trailhead.

Attempted this hike this past weekend. Access is closed right now. :(

Awesome trail!

Loved it! Weather was perfect and the hiking not bad at all!

1 month ago

Loved it

I was not disappointed with this trail! Lush green ferns, wooden bridges, beautiful waterfalls and well maintained trails. There is plenty of shade to keep you cool. This is now one of my favorite places to hike!

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