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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