Back to index Foresthill Bridge/Lake Clementine Loop Hike
Trip Date:  01/12/2018

: 8.0 Miles

Vertical Gain: 1900'

Group Size: 4

Hike Rating:  Easy   Moderate   Hard   Strenuous
Foresthill Bridge loop route
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Foresthill Bridge Loop Elevation Profile
Start Coordinates:   N 38 54.901, W 121 02.379     End Coordinates:   Same as Start Coordinates  
Car Shuttle Req'd:   No Parking Directions:   Take Highway 49 from Coloma toward Auburn.  Right before the junction with highway 193, there is a wide area on the left side for free vehicle parking.  Get there early, especially on a weekend or the space will be filled.
Hazards of Note:   Rattlesnakes, ticks, poison oak, mountain lions. Crowd Factor:   Moderate.  This entire area is popular with hikers, runners, mountain bikers and dog walkers.  
General Notes:
From the area, head north on highway 49 and cross the bridge over the American River.  Turn right, toward the Foresthill bridge and cross the second bridge and start out on the Confluence Trail on the south side of the Old Foresthill Road.  Follow the Confluence Trail for about 3 miles until you reach the access road for the OHV park, cross over this and then continue up the trail until you cross Old Foresthill Road.  Continue further north and cross the newer Foresthill Road.  When you reach Lake Clementine Road, head west (down) until you reach the access road for Lake Clementine.  The trip down to the dam is optional, but a worthwhile 3/4 mile detour.  Back on the road continue west, walking along the river and continuing under Froesthill Bridge until you reach the Confluence Parking area and the end of the loop.

Looking up at the Foresthill Bridge from the trailhead. Foresthill Bridge from the trailhead
Looking way up at the bridge from directly underneath.
Underneath the bridge
Heading up the trail underneath the bridge. Trail under the bridge
Clark's Pool swimming hole.  This was the Auburn town public swimming location at the turn of the 19th century. Clark's Pool
A close-up look at the Lake Clementine dam and spillway. Lake Clementine spillway
Checking out the lake and the dam overflow area from the viewpoint location. Lake Clementine dam overlook
Back on the  Lake Clementine Road section of the hike which has a nice view down at the lake and spillway.
Above the lake
A look down at the American River and the Quarry trail across the water. American River
Fog in the valley below in the early part of a cool January day. Fog in the valley
The remnants of an old limestone quarry along the far banks of the river.
Old limestone quarry along the river
GPS Track of the full hike. GPS Track of Hike