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Good moderate hike. Surprisingly void of other hikers on a Memorial Day weekend!

Nice wide trail most of the way, and most of the way has at least sparse shade if you start early. Dogs are allowed on the trail, but cannot go to the water of Lake Clementine, not even to kayak or camp.
From the trailhead at the Confluence, it is a slow and steady uphill until you reach the end of the dirt trail and hit the pavement down to the lake and the "Rainbow Falls" skills at from the dam at the lake.
I went mid morning on a weekday and had the trail mostly to myself and my German Shepherd. When we got to the lake parking lot just up the hill a bit from the falls, I spoke with the gal working the toll booth and got the skinny on the rules of the lake and hours of operation, where to put in a kayak, etc. Her name was Andrea S., and she was very nice.
I would call this trail family friendly. It has bathrooms at the start, and I'm sure there are some down by the boat ramp, I just did not see them.
It was about 96 degrees in the shade at 1:00 on 6/22/17, the first full day of Summer, so pack accordingly with water, and a wide brim.
I would definitely do this hike again, but would do it more often if my dog was welcome at the lake, as it is, I plan to take the kayak...sans dog, up to check it out at another time.

3 days ago

Definitely go early during the summer. Extremely warm. Look out for rattlesnakes on trail.

5 days ago

on Hidden Falls Trail

5 days ago

Ok hike for some quick exercise. Pretty crowded. Free parking at the trail head if you get there early enough. There is an overflow lot that also fills pretty quickly. Lots of trail options so you can loop around and not see the same things on the way back. The river overlook structure is a nice place to have lunch and enjoy the view.

5 days ago

Hiked this trail on Memorial Day 2017. Moderate trail until the end. I didn't like hiking along the road the last 20%, but the water flow over Lake Clementine Dam was spectacular. The trail was very crowded due to the holiday, so if you don't like hiking with loud music pumping out of wireless speakers along the way, you may want to avoid on Holidays. Don't forget to pay the $10 for parking along the road or you could get a $70 ticket. We received a warning ticket, which allowed us to return to the fee station and pay the ten bucks after our hike. Apparently this is not the norm, though.

This is a great out-and-back trail for just about anyone. Most of the trail is within view of the North Fork of the American River though, never near enough for danger. My 10 and 13 year olds had no problem with the elevation changes. For sure, bring plenty of water as the last mile on the return is full sun. Lots of others hikers out on a Thursday before noon.

Good hike, a little hard to find at first and not well marked. Lots and lots of different pathways to make for a fun adventure. Beautiful views. We started at the parking lot and went to the back to the right and saw the head of Overlook trail, and took that until we hit Western States. Took it all the way down to the river! Hike back was a b*tch uphill but do-able

On a hot day, this is an excellent choice compared to other unshaded hikes in the river confluence area, such as the Clementine trail. It is well maintained, and was manageable for my 5 year old son. We did not walk the entire trail, but designated a waterfall as our destination. The history nerd in me enjoyed watching for remnants of the old train track that this trail follows, as well as walking across the "No hands bridge". I used my phone along the way to help guide us. Limited access to the river. Overall a great experience

I hiked to Clark's swimming hole and back with my family, youngest is 4 years old, with no problem. Biggest negative to this trail is that it is very hot with little shade, so come on a cool day. Clark's hole is excellent for swimming.

Very nice trail.Up hill 1.9 miles, .4 miles down to the awesome payoff. A spectacular view of the falls. We really enjoyed it. Views of the river pretty much the whole way. Passed by many mountain bikers and people walking their dogs.

Definitely heavily trafficked. The easily hike and awesome water attraction attracts many people in the area. At the beginning of the trail there is very little shade cover, meaning on the way back the midday heat can really beam on you badly-be prepared. All skill levels can enjoy this hike.