Lake Clementine Spillway Falls

Auburn, California

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There’ll be some quibbling, but if a waterfall is defined as falling water, this fine spill out of Lake Clementine, reached via an easy out-and-back hike along the North Fork American River, definitely qualifies. Not every dam spillway looks like a waterfall. Sometimes the water shoots from a tunnel; sometimes it is sluiced down one side of the dam face or the other. In the case of Lake Clementine, however, the spillway can only be described as a fall—a block or sheet waterfall, in fact, in the tradition of Niagara Falls, albeit not nearly as spectacular.
Hiking Waterfalls in Northern California

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by Tracy Salcedo-Chourré (Falcon Guides)

There’ll be some quibbling, but if a waterfall is defined as falling water, this fine spill out of Lake Clementine, reached via an easy out-and-back hike along the North Fork American River, definitely qualifies.

Not every dam spillway looks like a waterfall. Sometimes the water shoots from a tunnel; sometimes it is sluiced down one side of the dam face or the other. In the case of Lake Clementine, however, the spillway can only be described as a fall—a block or sheet waterfall, in fact, in the tradition of Niagara Falls, albeit not nearly as spectacular.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Auburn
Distance: 4.6
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 5-7 hours
Season: Year-round
Features: Waterfalls
Local Contacts: Auburn State Recreation Area, 501 El Dorado St., Auburn, CA 95603-4949; (530) 885-4527; www.parks.ca.gov
Local Maps: USGS Auburn CA; Auburn State Recreation Area brochure available at recreation headquarters on CA 49 and online at www.parks.ca.gov. The interpretive guide put together by the Auburn State Recreation Area Canyon Keepers is also a helpful resource. Keyed to posts along the trail, it provides information about the natural and human history of the route.
Driving Directions: Directions to Lake Clementine Spillway Falls

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