Clark Lake -- Moab


The 2012 edition of Hike of the Week signs off in the La Sal Mountains near Moab. Clark Lake is like Oowah Lake but without so much traffic. From the trail head, there is a quick ascent through some trees before arriving on a plateau. The sparse aspen trees leave room for range cattle to graze. Watch for the livestock and what you step in. The trail to the southeast is well marked and relatively level. At the 1-mile mark, you will find yourself about 100 feet above the lake. Follow the trail down to the water.

Getting there: From Moab, take U.S. Highway 191 south about 7 miles and turn east at the signs for Kens Lake. Drive past the lake about 0.6 miles and turn right onto La Sal Mountain Loop Road. Follow it up the mountain 11.5 miles and bear right at a "Y" intersection marked as Forest Road 071. Take that road about 4 miles to Oowah Lake. The trail head to Clark Lake is in the parking lot connecting Oowah Lake and the campground.


-- Nate Carlisle

Region: Grand County

Destination: Clark Lake

Distance: 2.2 miles

Time: 2 hours

Elevation Gain: 673 feet

Dog Allowed: Yes

Restrooms: Yes

Biking: Yes

Difficulty: 1


First published 2012-10-31