Clementine Trail to Clark's Pool

MODERATE 1015 reviews

Clementine Trail to Clark's Pool is a 4.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Cool, California 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.

Distance: 4.5 miles Elevation Gain: 698 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

fishing

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

lake

partially paved

river

views

waterfall

wildlife

washed out

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Note: There is a $10 parking fee at the lot. 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 falls 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. Dogs are not allowed at Lake Clementine.

The trail starts off easy, then .5 miles into the hike it’s all up hill slightly inclined. Very nice trail for families and dogs. Only took 6miles round trip.

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1 day ago

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7 days ago

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rocky
8 days ago

This is one of my favorite trails. It’s so beautiful at all times of the year. I have seen a river otter here on two separate occasions which makes me really happy. Trails is pretty easy for me but there is some incline which makes it a great workout. Definitely recommend.

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10 days ago

This is a great trail... we didn’t get to finish it because it started late... but we will definitely be back!

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11 days ago

Great trail, beautiful scenery and not sure why they say no dogs, I took mine. You just have to keep them on a leash.

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23 days ago

easy trail

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no shade
rocky
1 month ago

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2 months ago

Pretty awesome trail. Not much of a hike though. More of a dog friendly/family type deal! I walked to the dam and it took about 35 min. Then ran most the trail back and that was about 20 min!

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2 months ago

This is a great moderate trail to hike, the trail takes you all the way to the dam which has an amazing waterfall. There are no steep inclines on the trail just a bit rocky. The dam road will get a little more steep but it’s paved) Other than that I highly recommend. I went with my husband and 8 month old baby we had a great time. Will go again :)

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3 months ago

Got attacked by 2 dogs off leash, the pot head owners wouldn't leash them, after 1 mile of walking , I alerted park n rec officer. He was very helpful but it's hard for them to patrol.

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3 months ago

Easy, enjoyable hike. A bit rocky, lots of poison oak in the beginning, however trail is wide enough to avoid it. Nice views, would hike this one again. Go early, less people!

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3 months ago

watch out, if you park on the road, YOU HAVE TO PAY $10 at the guard shack then go back an stick a piece of paper in your windshield. learned the hard way and got a parking ticket for $72! the trail is worth it though and it's a park n rec ticket, not an Auburn PD ticket.

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3 months ago

The trail was easy to get to, parking was a snap, bathrooms were GROSS but that's always a given. The hike itself is not bad at all. Great for beginners, very shady and just enough people spread out. The water feature of course is always beautiful.

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3 months ago

Nice hike, 50/50 shade and sun. Slight up hill.

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3 months ago

This trail is just OK. Usually pretty busy with walkers, runners, and mountain bikers. It follows along the river but above it, so if you want to get your feet wet you'll have to take one of numerous spurs down the steep bank. I'd like to do it as a loop but dogs aren't allowed past the dam into the Lake Clementine access area.

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4 months ago

Nice trail, not to difficult!

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4 months ago

Nice, easy hike. Nice view of dam at the end. Would be fun to run the trail.

Nice hike. Trails are fairly wide and the mountain bikers can pass you by easily. We were there the first week of September at about 9 o’clock in the morning and did not require any bug spray. Some shady spots, some sunny spots. A fair amount of inclines where a number of people were requiring a break. We followed the trail to the end until we reached the damn, hung out there for a while then headed back. The app said it was 4.2 miles. Has some nice scenery, we will probably do that hike again sometime.

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4 months ago

Would highly recommend, amazing views of the river and the dam and I was able to paddle in the river half way though! 10/10

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