North Fork of the American River Lake Clementine Trail

MODERATE 29 reviews

North Fork of the American River Lake Clementine Trail is a 2.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Cool, California that features a river 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.

2.8 miles
744 feet
Out & Back

kid friendly



horseback riding

nature trips

trail running




wild flowers


no dogs

1 month ago

Beautiful scenery but not much of a trail it’s just a road. Also be aware of a much more active wildlife area compared to other trails further west towards auburn. Don’t take the trail alone. Trail head parking will high center small vehicles. I will not go back.

4 months ago

I started from the dam and found a very overgrown trail (difficult to follow) that followed Lake Clementine’s edge. Keeping the lake to the left of me and following the shore, I ended up at the end of this trail, then hiked up and out on the trail road and made a huge loop back to the dam.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

It's confusing because you have to go down and pay and then you're close to the viewpoint for the falls. to get to the trail, you have to walk up and hit the trailhead at the hairpin turn. the gate is marked as 140.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Was not the best "hike" it was just a walk down to the river. But even though we were expecting to hike we just swam and sun bathed instead. Not a good hiking spot but good spot to just chill with a pic-nic and a suit.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

This was not a trail, it was a road down to the water. It was half shade half sun. Easy going down but tough coming back up. All trails app said dogs ok however the trail had a no dog sign. Not the best scenery.. we roughed it out hoping for a nice water spot at the end, no suck luck. It was muddy and no where to sit. Won't do this trail again :(

Monday, October 10, 2016

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.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

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.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

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.

Saturday, April 02, 2016

Great, challenging at times, hike. Beautiful views.

Saturday, April 02, 2016

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

Sunday, February 21, 2016

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

Friday, January 08, 2016

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

cross country skiing
Wednesday, December 23, 2015

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

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

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.

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