Waterfalls and Rainbows!

Real Estate Agent with eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) DRE# 00949880

One of our favorite hikes in the Sacramento area is an up and back hike that starts at the confluence of the Middle Fork and North Fork of the American River and ends at Lake Clementine.  It is mostly a gently sloping hike up to the lake with an easier return trip that is mostly down hill.  It is about just about a four mile hike round trip and you get to enjoy the North Fork of the American River the whole way.

North Fork of the American River   North Fork of the American River

It is a beautiful hike, especially in the winter when everything is so green, and in the spring when all of the wildflowers are in bloom.  You also get to see the very cool Forrest Hill Bridge.  It is 730 feet at its apex which is the tallest bridge in California and the fourth tallest bridge in the United States.  Every time I walk under it, I see all of the catwalks and working platforms and wonder who they could get to work up there. Not me!  I enjoy the view from the ground!

Forest Hill Bridge at the North Fork of the American River

Of course, the highlight of the trip is the dam at Lake Clementine, especially when there is plenty of water flowing over it. 

Waterfalls and Rainbows!
Lake Clementine Dam

It is well worth the hike, but you can also drive to the lake to make it a much shorter hike.  If you get there at the right time and you hike down a bit of a tricky trail, you might even see two rainbows.

Lake Clementine Dam and the North Fork of the American River


Other Adventures Near Sacramento


Fun in Arizona





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             eXp Realty of California, Inc

Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI, e-Pro

Past Client Testimonials   

3412 Babson Drive

Elk Grove, CA 95758





Comments (34)

Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

That is my kind of hike and it sounds like a similar hike that we took together and saw bighorn sheep!

Jan 29, 2022 04:42 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Raymond - it's terrific to have such amazing places to see and explore relatively close to your home.  

Jan 29, 2022 04:43 AM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

Good morning, Bob "RealMan" Timm.  My wife loves waterfalls.  I think she is on a mission to see them all.  😉  The rainbows were a real bonus.  I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Thank you, Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400.  It is a beautiful hike, especially when they are releasing water.  I have done the hike in the middle of summer and it is quite different.  It is still fun, though.  There is a trail that goes almost to the base of the dam that is cool to explore. Hope you have a great day.

Jan 29, 2022 06:20 AM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

Thank you, Ed Silva.  It was a bit of a challenge.  I had to go down a bit of a slippery, muddy trail to get the picture, but my son was with me so I could not show fear.  He had a good laugh as he watched me struggle.  😂  He scampered down the trail like he was a billy goat...YOUTH!

Jan 29, 2022 06:26 AM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

Good morning, Kathy Streib.  It is becoming more of a challenge for us.  We used to run this trail and several of the trails around us, but Mary Margaret has a knew knee and I just do not have the energy any more.  I have seen some of the pictures from your walks.  You have plenty of great things to see on your hikes.  I hope you and Larry are doing well and enjoying the weekend!

You have visited some of the great areas of California, Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP.  I have spent my life here and still have not seen everything CA has to offer.  The beauty in this state is one of the few things that have kept us here for so long and we will miss that aspect.

I have never been to Niagra Falls and it is on my bucket list.  One day I am sure that we will make it there.  Thank you for dropping by and leaving such a nice comment.  I hope you are having a wonderful weekend!

Jan 29, 2022 06:32 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker

Raymond Henson, eXp Realty hi Ray... Niagra Falls is beyond amazing... I've seen them several times. Truly leaves you speechless.

Jan 30, 2022 05:33 AM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

Good morning, Brian England.  That was a fun hike that we took on the shores of Saguaro lake.  I do have a link to it in the post. 😃  We also enjoyed being chauffeured in your Tesla!  It was a good day for sure and I look forward to exploring more trails with you once we move to Arizona.  Hope you are having a great weekend!

It is remarkable all of the fun things we can do within about an hour's ride of our home, Michael Jacobs.  We have been fortunate to live here.  Thank you for stopping by and have a great weekend!  

Jan 29, 2022 06:39 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Ray... beautiful photos and spectacular views! I'm not hiker and never have been... but I do enjoy seeing photos like this.

Jan 29, 2022 07:31 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Good Moring Raymond and thanks for sharing these pictures with us here in the Rain.  Glad I when back to look for you this morning.


Jan 29, 2022 07:41 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Charming title and I enjoyed the post very much. Always love to listen to water. Thanks for the video. 

Jan 29, 2022 10:29 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Raymond Henson, eXp Realty - What a wonderful hike!  I noticed how high the water level was. Of course, in Arizona, that is something we look for.  

Jan 29, 2022 11:52 AM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

The nice thing about these falls, Nina Hollander, Broker, is that there is parking close by so you really do not have to do the hike, but you would miss the bridge.  I can see driving there and having a nice lunch at the falls.  It would be fun too.   I had my wife, son and his girlfriend with me and they all love to hike. 

Joseph, Mary Margaret and Taylor

Jan 29, 2022 08:58 PM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

I am happy you stopped by, Will Hamm.  Thank you!

Good evening, Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD.  We just love waterfalls, especially my wife, Mary Margaret.  They are beautiful and we also love to listen to the water.  It is so peaceful.  Thank you for taking the time to stop by and comment.

Jan 29, 2022 09:01 PM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

We look for the water level here in California too, Sheri Sperry - MCNE®.  It has been a rough few years, but we did have a very good December.  I am hopeful that we will get a good storm or two in February.  We still need it.  January was dry!  Good to hear from you!

Jan 29, 2022 09:03 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Raymond loved your post and the photo, one of my  favorite Waterfalls has been Niagara Falls, my parents took me there and I still see it as it was yesterday and there was a Rainbow there too:))Endre

Jan 29, 2022 10:31 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Ray, looks like your 49ers didn't win either, did you watch the games yesterday?

Jan 31, 2022 07:21 AM
Gwen Fowler-864-710-4518 SC * Mountain* Lake*Home
Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc - Walhalla, SC
Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc.

These are some great shots.  Beautiful scenery.  Thanks for sharing.

Jan 31, 2022 07:53 AM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

Hi Endre Barath, Jr.!  I have yet to make it to Niagara Falls, but hope to visit them one day.  I am sure we will.  Mary Margaret has a love of waterfalls.  She is always looking for our next one to visit.  Hope you are doing well!

Jan 31, 2022 08:56 AM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

I watched the end of the Bengal's game and all of the Ram's game with my two boys which is a very rare treat.  My season ended with the Raider's loss.  Same with my boys.  The one thing they followed from me was being a Raider's fan.  Poor boys! 😂  Still, I would have liked to see SF win.  A Bengals, Niner's game would have been fun and totally unexpected.

Thank you very much, Gwen Fowler-864-638-3599 SC * Mountain* Lake*Home.  I am glad you enjoyed them and thank you for stopping by. 

Jan 31, 2022 09:01 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate Brokered by Real - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

What a cool journey to the dam at Lake Clementine and Forrest Hill bridge, Raymond, especially with those who enjoy hiking. I am always chasing rainbows, whether after the rain or while fishing for them!

Feb 02, 2022 11:33 AM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

If we could just find that pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, then life would be perfect.  Thank you for taking the time to leave a thoughtful comment.

Feb 02, 2022 11:59 AM