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By Nate Carlisle, Jason Bergreen, Erin Alberty and Brett Prettyman

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(Clark Lake sits at the end of a 1.1-mile trail that begins at Oowah Lake. Both lakes are southeast of Moab. Photo by Nate Carlisle/The Salt Lake Tribune)
Final 2012 Utah Hike of the week: Clark Lake — Moab

Directions » 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 4½ miles to Oowah Lake. The trail head to Clark Lake is in the parking lot connecting Oowah Lake and the campground.

At a glance

Destination Clark Lake

Hiking time 2 hours

Round trip miles 2.2 miles

Elevation gain 673 feet

Difficulty Easy

Trail head restrooms Yes

Dogs allowed Yes

Bikes allowed Yes

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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.


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