Miner's Basin to Warner Lake Trail

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

The Miner's Basin to Warner Lake Trail is located at the end of the Miner's Basin Road, Forest Road 0065, which is just off the La Sal Mountain Loop Road. At the Miner's Basin Trailhead, there is a parking area, a small pond, and a vault toliet at the end of the 4 wheel drive road. The trail to Warner Lake is 2 miles long and starts at an elevation of 9,300 feet. The trail initially follows a reclaimed road and then breaks away to the west and switchbacks at the edge of a meadow. The well-defined trail winds upward through dense timber on a steep 30 percent grade until it reaches the pass.

The trail then descends the grassy hillside and timbered slopes. About halfway down from the pass, you will pass through Schuman Gulch, an old mining community with the remnants of cabins from about 100 years ago. At this point a small stream called Schafer Creek begins flowing down the canyon. After leaving the Schuman Gulch meadow, the trail crosses the stream and descends sharply through the trees on a 25 percent slope until you reach a gate. Walk through the gate and you will arrive at Warner Lake Campground.

You can do this trail from either direction. Many people start from Warner Lake rather than Miner's Basin trailhead due to the rough nature of the Miner's Basin road.

There is no potable water available at the trailhead. Be aware that black bears can frequent the area. Here is a link for more information on hiking in bear country.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Weather and snow melt in the Spring will affect open and closing. Please call the Moab Ranger District for current conditions: 435-259-7155.
Area Amenities: Toilets,Parking
Usage: Medium
Best Season: Summer
Water: No
Restroom: Vault Toilet at trailhead
Operated By: Forest Service

General Information


To get to Warner Lake: From Moab- Head south on US-191 and travel 7.8 miles. Turn left onto Old Airport Rd (look for the brown sign on the highway for the La Sal Mountain Loop Rd/Ken's Lake) and travel 0.6 miles. Turn right onto La Sal Mountain Loop Rd and travel for 14.2 miles. Turn right onto Forest Road #063 (Warner Lake) and travel 5.3 miles to the parking area. The trail head will be back down the road a little ways on the right.

To get to the Miner's Basin trailhead: From Moab- Head south on US 191 for about 8 miles and turn left at the Ken's Lake/ La Sal Mountain Loop Road sign. Take a right at the T-intersection and follow the La Sal Mountain Loop Road for about 19 miles until the turnoff to Miner's Basin Road (FS0065). Follow this road roughly 3 miles to the trailhead which is at the end of the road. A high clearance, four wheel drive vehicle is needed to drive the Miner's Basin Road.

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