American River Confluence to Lake Clementine

OutAndBack • 6 mi • 300 ft

Contrasting dynamics and a wild-river canyon take center stage on this hike. You’ll encounter raging rapids, soothing pools, a loud waterfall at a dam, and a tranquil lake. Start near the confluence of the north and middle forks of the American River, and follow the North Fork’s deep and rocky canyon journey where it is interrupted by serene Lake Clementine. This 3.5-mile-long lake was formed when the 155-foot high dam was finished in 1939. The dam was built as a debris-catching device to protect bridges downstream. Fishing is good, and you may see mountain bikers and horseback riders. Leashed dogs are allowed on area trails.
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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Auburn
Length: 6 total miles
Elevation Gain: 300 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 2 to 3 hours
Season: Year-round
Top Elevation: 1,200 feet
Other Uses: Horses, mountain bikers, dogs
Local Contacts: Auburn State Recreation Area
Local Maps: Auburn State Recreation Area Map
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A very long uphill climb of 6+ miles. As this trail ends at the gat and paved road to the dam you can continue up the paved road to a parking area and connect to two other trails to make a loop back to the starting point. I read this mod to difficult. A fee is now charged for parking, use the envolopes provided.


Nice trail but dogs are not allowed in the Clementine Park. We had to turn around and go back.

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