When some of my co-workers asked if I’d lead a hike I wasn’t sure where we should go then I remembered the trail that went past the Forest hill bridge. I looked it up and discovered it went on to Lake Clementine. Since this was an old road the trail was fairly wide and level making it suitable for hikers of all levels of experience and it did offer a nice workout going uphill on the way out with downhill coming back without being too steep. So last weekend several of us headed out for a walk. It was a beautiful day. Luckily I had moved our meetup time up an hour in anticipation of parking filling up at the confluence area where our hike would begin. Luckily because there was a large contigent of fire fighters already gathering there to participate in training, there was also a tent being set up for mountain bike riders and a contingent of California Conservation Corp. members doing their conditioning hikes before the summer season began, so the parking areas really did fill up quickly. All the members of our group found a spot to park though and soon we were enjoying the sunshine as we walked along the trail. There were numerous wild flowers in bloom on the hillside as as the day grew warmer loads of butterflies came out to enjoy them.
As we approached the lake you could hear the roar of water coming over the dam. It was a great sight watching the water pour over the dam and the morning sun was forming a shining rainbow in the mist.
We continued on to the lake and talked to a ranger who was preparing to head out and get the boat only accessible camp sites ready for the summer season. Might have to try taking the canoe out there some time. It was a great morning and a very enjoyable walk to Lake Clementine.