"This scenic trail traces the North Fork American River, passes under the scenic Foresthill Bridge, offers access to a cool swimming hole, and culminates at an overlook of Lake Clementine’s waterfall spillway. The confluence of the north and middle forks of the American River, in the bottom of a steep, spectacular canyon northeast of Sacramento, draws thousands of visitors to the Auburn State Recreation Area each year. The river valleys—and the historic sites within them—have long been slated for submersion beneath a huge and controversial reservoir. But the Auburn Dam has been besieged by seismic, environmental, and economic concerns since construction began in the mid-1960s, and the process was brought to an apparently permanent halt in late 2008, when water rights held by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation were revoked. If completed, the dam would have drowned the river behind a 690-foot wall, and the popular trails that explore the forks would have drowned along with it."