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Clark Lake Tour

Intermediate
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Alpine ponds, aspens, and wildflowers provide an escape from the Moab heat.


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2.8

Miles

4.5

KM

Loop

9,421' 2,871 m

High

8,776' 2,675 m

Low

674' 206 m

Up

694' 212 m

Down

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

33%

Max Grade (18°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Overview

With aspen glades, big mountain views, wildflowers, and two lakes (okay, ponds), this feels a million miles from Moab, but it's really just a 30 minute drive from town.

Need to Know

The dirt road to Lake Oowah is suitable for normal passenger cars.

Description

From the day parking lot at Lake Oowah Campground, head up a fairly steep hill for half a mile. This is a tough start, but it's by far the hardest section of the loop, so don't get demoralized right off the bat.

Eventually, the pines morph into aspen groves, which give way to large meadows filled with flowers in late June through August. The La Sal Mountains are right in your face and are quite impressive.

Clark Lake appears below to the right, and you break off the Clark Lake Trail #141 and head down steeply to the lake. Enjoy some time here and then find the Clark Lake Loop Trail #144 in a much wetter section of forest. This north slope is noticeably cooler than the trail you've been on, and the vegetation is more lush.

After reaching the final junction with the Boren Mesa Trail #037, it's an easy cruise back to the start.

Flora & Fauna

Lupine, Queen Anne's lace, wild roses, indian paintbrush, bachelor buttons, and plenty of deer can be seen in these woods.

Shared By:

Nick Wilder

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A wild rose blooms on Clark Lake Loop.
Jul 1, 2017 near Moab, UT
Enjoy great views on Clark Lake Loop.
Jul 1, 2017 near Moab, UT
Wildflowers bloom in abundance at Clark Lake.
Jul 1, 2017 near Moab, UT
Lake Oowah stands in the shadow of Haystack Mountain.
Jul 1, 2017 near Moab, UT
Clark Lake is beautiful in the summertime.
Jul 1, 2017 near Moab, UT

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Sep 27, 2018
Jeff Harper
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Jeff Harper
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Jeff Harper
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Robyn Hanna
Jul 1, 2017
Nick Wilder