Clementine Trail to Clark's Pool

MODERATE 555 reviews

Clementine Trail to Clark's Pool is a 4.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Auburn, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
4.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
662 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

fishing

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

paddle sports

trail running

walking

lake

river

views

waterfall

wildlife

washed out

no dogs

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
11 minutes ago

My first real hike. Definitely would recommend it to anyone who’s never went hiking. Beautiful ending and scenery.

2 days ago

Easy wide trail and gorgeous views. A lot of company and no place to use the bathroom - because of the heavy trail traffic, impossible to go off trail and no facilities at the dam site.

hiking
15 days ago

easy trail, kid and dog friendly. Great view once you reach the water fall.

16 days ago

Crowded but nice trail with great views

hiking
22 days ago

Nice weather, fun bridge and dam to check out. Path is pretty wide and not too much walking up hill.

hiking
1 month ago

My husband and I walked this trail yesterday. It was awesome. We will definitely be back.

Love this trail!

hiking
1 month ago

I did this trail on a sunny Sunday afternoon in November with a friend and a dog.
Pros:
-Walking under the Foresthill Bridge
-Walking alongside the river
-Equal amounts of sunshine and shade
-Awesome photo op at the end with the spillway
Cons:
-Heavily trafficked loop filled with large groups, LOTS of mountain bike riders, baby strollers and dogs
-Dog on leash entire time

hiking
1 month ago

Falls beyond amazing and vistas!!

hiking
2 months ago

Calm little trail with a nice end at the bottom of the damn waterfall

hiking
2 months ago

Easy trail like the view of the river when walking the trail great places to stop and swim almond the trail. Dam was nice and full in early spring after rain got some great photos/drone shots.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice hike

hiking
3 months ago

Done this one a few time since it’s close to home. Fairly easy hike, took my 65 year old grandma and she did fine on it. Many spots to swim in beginning, beautiful scenery.

hiking
3 months ago

A nice walk under the Foresthill bridge. I saw several deer and other wildlife at dusk and throughly enjoyed my hike. Follows the river to the outlet. Once you reach the Lake Clementine RD, there is no signage so turn left and pass the gate. I descended down to the lake to finish the trail. Didn’t like the pavement bit at the end. Other than that a great exercise for the weekday.

3 months ago

Getting down to the dam isn't easy. That being said, the water is crystal clear and the area by the water is beautiful.

3 months ago

I loved this trail! Pretty wide in most spots. A few places that were narrow - but not scary. Some bikes - but lots of space for both of us. Very beautiful scenery and it is so cool to go under the bridge!! The uphill at the end gives you a workout and the view of the dam in the distance gives you a reason to forge on.

Parking is $10 and I'm always happy to pay. So appreciate these trails and the amazing people that maintain them.

Definitely recommend.

3 months ago

Bring $10 cash for Auburn State Rec Area park/ing fees!

Fairly short but brisk hike - be sure to end with the dam for a cool sight!

Bring lots of water/sunscreen unless you're going in the winter - dry flat area w/ little shade cover.

hiking
4 months ago

The rainbow at the end is makes it so worth it!

4 months ago

We loved this trail. Bring lots of water and enjoy jumping into the water.

hiking
4 months ago

Went on May 29th. Too many people due to Memorial Day.

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