January 30, 2012
|The kiosk map at the trail head gives a vague idea of the many interesting trails at the Confluence, where the North and Middle Forks of the American River join|
I used my Canon G12 on this outing.
|The subtle Clark's Hole Trail were it splits off from the road behind gate No. 137|
|A pleasant, shady trail|
|Looking across the river at the east support of the Foresthill Bridge. The highest in California, the bridge is 730 feet above the river.|
|Anybody home? The rubble pile beneath the west tower of the Foresthill Bridge.|
|Moss and ferns near Clark's Hole|
|The trail arrives at Clark's hole through a patch of blackberries|
Clark's hole turns out to be located just below the first big bend of the North Fork above the Confluence. Bedrock slabs about 8 feet above the river provide diving platforms into the still water, but there are no shallow water beaches where small children can safely play. This would be a great place for teenagers to display diving skills and lay out in the sun, but I prefer the swimming hole just below the old Foresthill bridge, with it's gently sloping gravel beaches leading to deeper water, the current to play in, and the diving rocks on the east bank.
Photographs © 2012 Tony Mindling