Hike of the week: Boren Mesa Trail — Moab

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Directions • From Moab, take U.S. Highway 191 south about seven 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 21/2 miles. The trailhead will be on your left.

The Boren Mesa Trail proves there's more than red rocks in Moab. The aspen forest begins immediately at the trailhead and provides great fall colors or a cool escape from the Moab heat in the summer. Boren Mesa sits halfway between the trailhead and Oowah Lake. After crossing the mesa, it's downhill to the lake. Watch for range cattle.

Nate Carlisle Destination Oowah Lake

Hiking time 3 hours

Round-trip miles 5.6 miles

Elevation gain 623 feet

Difficulty Easy

Trailhead restrooms No

Dogs allowed Yes

Bikes allowed Yes

Fees No