Lovely Lake Clementine. Having been gone for 5 weeks, I've not done this trail for a while and am hoping that you all haven't either. I know Laurie has been spoiling everyone with fantastic hikes to Tahoe, so I realize I can't compete, but hopefully I'll see some of you there.
Unfortunately, I have a short hiking window this coming Friday, but this hike packs in a good workout in a short amount of time (it just doesn't have the Tahoe views, sorry). I'll try to be there right at 9am, but if I'm a few minutes late, please wait for me. I'll be coming from Roseville.
** If anyone would like to bring water shoes and/or a swimsuit, you can stop off on the return at Clark's Hole for a quick dip. It's only about 1/4 mile from the finish. **
For all of you penny watchers like me, let's park at the same spot we normally park at for Training Hill, as it's still free. This does mean, however, we'll need to walk about 1/4 mile to the trailhead, but it's worth the $10 savings. If you have a Poppy Pass, feel free to park near the bathrooms and gazebo and we'll walk over to meet you there.
We can take the Clementine trail from the Confluence past the dam and along the Lower Clementine Road to Shortcut Trail. From there, we head downhill to Mammoth Bar and hook up with the 1.8 mile long Confluence Trail back to our cars.
There will be hills and a few miles of climbing (not Training Hill climbing), but enough to get the heart pumping, so be prepared. Views of the lake are awesome.
Bring plenty of water, snacks if needed, sticks, rain gear, and as always, a great sense of humor - you'll probably need it on one of my hikes!
I-80 to Elm Ave exit
Turn left and follow to Lincoln Way (traffic light)
Left here, and go through next light all the way down the canyon to the river (Confluence). Here, might a right as if going towards Cool across the bridge and immediately after crossing bridge you'll see a green gate with lots of cars parked - this is Training Hill entrance. Find a spot and walk over towards the gazebo and ranger kiosk. For those of you with Poppy passes, we can pick you up at the gazebo by the toilets.
C U on the trail!