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Lake Clementine Loop Via Trail & Unmarked Riverbank Route

4.6 mile trail near Auburn, Placerville, and Sacramento, California
Rating: 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Unknown
Length: 5 miles
Duration: 1-3 hours

Overview :  Lake Clementine Loop Via Trail & Unmarked Riverbank Route is about 4.6 miles long and located near Auburn, California. The trail... more »

Tips:  Take plenty of water.

In warm weather, bring a swimsuit along to enjoy one of the swimming holes along the route. Clark's Hole, just ... more »

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Points of Interest

1. START - the trail begins at Gate 139

2. Go Left at this Fork

3. Road narrows to trail under New Foresthill Bridge

4. Continue up the trail (the side trail leads down to Clark's Hole swimming hole)

Continue down the main trail. If you want to stop for a swim, the side trail here leads steeply down to a wonderful swimming hole know as Clark's Hole.

5. Above the American River

6. Lush Trail side Vegetation

7. Small Roadside Stream

8. Merge left onto Lake Clementine Road

River view from paved Lake Clementine Road

9. Trail leaves the road and goes through lush vegitation shortly before the dam

10. Great Views of the Dam from this Grassy Vista Point

A very short spur trail of just a few yards leads to this fantastic vista point. The Clementine dam is straight ahead at eye level. Views down river are grand as well.

11. Cross the bridge and continue down hill toward the river

12. Dam in the Distance - View from Riverbank

13. Rock scrambling is required along the rocky riverside

14. The American River

15. Small Waterfall on Opposite Bank

After you spot this small waterfall, turn around and look for the trail heading up the side of the mountain on your side of the river (note: this waterfall may not be running year-round).

16. Search for return trail

Find the small, steep trail that winds up the mountain through a thick forest of trees and brush.

This trail will eventually lead back to the road that you took on the way to the dam.

17. Turn Right (west) follow the main route back to trail head

After winding up the mountain the route eventually returns to the dirt road you took to the dam. Turn right and retrace your steps back to the trail head.

Suggestion: On hot days, you may want to stop for a dip at Clark's Hole.