It's been more than a couple of weeks since we hiked the Lake Clementine Trail to the Dam. This post is long overdue and I didn't want to skip it because it was such a beautiful day and the pics I took are definitely worth sharing.
The hike is very popular. The parking area where the ranger booth was located was full so we had to park on the other side of the street.
For the Lake Clementine trailhead we walked across a bridge and the start of the trail is marked by a gate labeled trail 139.
After about a .5 mile, we came across our first sighting of the Foresthill Bridge. It is the tallest bridge in California at 731 feet above the riverbed!
The gravel trail ends once we come to this gate. Follow the paved road to the left.
At about 1.85 miles is this sign with only .4 left to the dam.
You can walk down closer to the bottom as there is a trail to go down. Just be careful heading down because it's a little steep at the start of the trail going down. Also be mindful of wet rocks since they can be slippery when you get closer to the bottom. My 7 year old didn't have much trouble.
Here's the top of the dam with Lake Clementine.
Family pic by the dam.
According to my Garmin, the hike was 4.8 miles roundtrip with 799 feet of elevation gain. There is a good climb both ways, so I wouldn't say it's a breeze. I'd say it's a moderate hike but great for kids.
Overall, I was pleased with this hike. It was neat to see the Foresthill Bridge and hanging out at the dam was really nice. I read that there is also a water hole, "Clark's hole" where people swim, but for some reason we missed it. Seems like it would be a great thing for those that hike the trail in the summer. I would definitely recommend this hike to others especially since it isn't too far. The dam and seeing a rainbow makes for great picture taking opportunities. :)