This is when we usually turn to Auburn State Recreation Area. You can get a good workout while exploring the vast canyon trail system either on mountain bike or foot. Having already explored the Auburn Lake Trails area and the Olmstead Loop in Cool, last week we opted for a stroll to Lake Clementine. This would be a great hike to bring the kids on over the Thanksgiving holiday because you can get to the spillway with relative ease and they will marvel at walking under the Foresthill Bridge.
Take Hwy 49 to the confluence of the North and Middle Forks of the American River in Auburn. Park at any of the self pay lots along the road. Begin your hike by walking along the road that crosses the North Fork and head along the south side of the river under the Forest Hill Bridge. The lake is only about 1.5 miles from parking and is a gentle slope. The trails continue past the lake for the more adventurous.