Lake Clementine Trail

Auburn, California

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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.

Lake Clementine Trail Professional Review and Guide

"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."

Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Trail Running
Nearby City: Auburn
Distance: 4.6
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2.5 hours
Season: Spring and fall.
Local Maps: USGS Auburn
Driving Directions: Directions to Lake Clementine Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

7/25/2012
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Very long up hill climb (6 miles) and connects to other trails in the area by going up the paved road. There is a parking area where the other trails connect. A short fast, technical downhill. Downhill for experienced riders. A $10 parking fee started in Jyly 2012 and is monitored regularly. Can cool offf in the American River.



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May 2018