Easy Auburn Confluence Hike to Lake Clementine

Okay, it's two days after Thanksgiving. Time to get out and hike off some of that turkey and enjoy being in nature.

So please join me for an easy hike up the north fork of the American River to Lake Clementine and back. We will do an 'out and back' of about 6 miles and about 400 feet of elevation gain, passing under the high bridge that is the wall paper for this site.

We've done this hike before, but it's new if you haven't done it yet. And even if you have done it, this is just an excuse to get out in a beautiful setting for an easy hike. 

We'll have time for a snack, or lunch, at Lake Clementine before we head back.

This hike is dog friendly, but there are bikes on this trail so best to keep them on a leash as the park rules require.

We should be back by 2 PM for all you 'hurry-uppers', but why be in a hurry?

Initial indications are that the weather will be good for the hike.

I hope you will join me on this nice, easy hike.


Take I-80 to Auburn and exit Elm Ave. (exit 119C) and turn LEFT at the light.

At the next light (High Street) turn LEFT and follow around.

Continue THROUGH the next light (Lincoln Way) and drop down into the canyon.

At the river, turn RIGHT and cross over the bridge.

Park immediately over the bridge along the road on your right (free parking). Best to back into a space so you can see traffic when exiting as this is hiway 49.

Then hike back over the bridge (careful..no pedestrian walk) and up-river to the restrooms at the other bridge where we will meet at 9:40.

(Note: If you have a parking pass, or care to pay the $10, you can park near the restrooms and save the walk from free parking)

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  • Kent V

    great job...thank you Tom

    November 30

  • Tom Williams

    GPS said 5.1 miles and 400 feet of elevation gain. Thank everyone for coming. Nice easy hike, and still plenty of day left after the hike.

    1 · November 30

    • Cathy M

      Great hike Tom. Thanks for always hosting these hikes. It was great to meet new people days.

      November 30

    • Cathy M

      Oh...one more thing. I checked the GPS to the free parking and it was another 1/2 mile one way. So the hike was 6.1 miles from the free parking. YEAH!!!!

      November 30

  • Chowmix

    Yeah i am not going to be able to find the TH in time. Dont have name of TH so nothing ti google now that i am lost in Auburn. Will try to find solo hike nearby using google and if yiu happen to see me say hi (my red fluffy fox like dog is the giveaway).

    November 30

    • Tom Williams

      Glad you found the confluence, and glad you were able to catch up. Thanks for coming!

      November 30

    • Chowmix

      Great to meet the group! Wonderful après thanksgiving hike! Thx!

      November 30

  • christine perales

    Thanks to all for an awesome day. See you folks on the next one.

    November 30

  • Chowmix

    New to area and lost on High Stret. Trying ti backtrack. Hope ti get there on timr.

    November 30

  • Kent V

    hi there
    I will meet at trailhead

    November 30

  • Lynn

    Hi. This seems to indicate two different locations. Are you planning to meet at the Sunsplash and carpool to the trailhead?

    November 26

    • Tom Williams

      Hikes will usually offer a carpool location, which Sunsplash is, but you can also usually drive directly to the trailhead if you wish (as people come from all directions). But feel free to make any carpool arrangements you wish. We will meet at the trailhead at 9:40.

      November 27

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