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Black Mesa

 
Black Mesa

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: Oklahoma, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 36.93190°N / 102.9977°W

Object Title: Black Mesa

Elevation: 4975 ft / 1516 m

 

Page By: txmountaineer

Created/Edited: Oct 2, 2003 / Nov 2, 2009

Object ID: 151933

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Page Score: 91.54%  - 36 Votes 

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Overview

 
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The highest point in Oklahoma, Black Mesa, is 1,517 m (4,975 ft) above sea-level. This area is found in the extreme western part of the state's Panhandle, and is named for the dark pumice found all over the terrain. When this area was volcanically active, lava flows, cones and domes all worked in concert to shape the landscape that can be seen today. The main draw to the area is nearby Capulin Volcano in New Mexico, which spewed forth the lava flow that created Black Mesa. Igneous rocks, the type associated with all volcanism, are much more durable and erosion-resistant than the sedimentary rocks that they overlay; thus, the borders of the lava flow form a sort of cap that prevents the rock beneath them from being eroded as quickly as the rock immediately next to the flow's boundary. This type of process is what formed Black Mesa, OK, as well as many of the features in northeast New Mexico.


Black Mesa's true summit does not lie in Oklahoma, as the slope gradually in elevation across New Mexico and Colorado. The USGS lists the highest point in Colorado at an elevation of 5,715', however, this point flows directly up to the Mesa de Maya also in Colorado. The highest point of Mesa de Maya, also known as the Corona, is 6,840+' in Las Animas County, Colorado.

Getting There

From Kenton, OK:

- Go E on CR 325 for 0.5 miles to a road leading N.
- Turn N (L) and meander 5.0 miles until reaching the Nature Conservancy preserve parking lot (on L).

Red Tape

The route to the "summit" of Black Mesa is owned by the Nature Conservancy, which has purchased much of the land in the area and is maintaining its natural beauty for the coming generations. The "summit" itself is a small bastion of Black Mesa State Park; the vast majority of this park is located several miles south. Currently, there are no access restrictions on the trail leading up to the summit.

When To Climb

Any time of year

Miscellaneous Info

The tall granite column standing on Oklahoma's highest point contains some interesting information including the fact that Cimarron County, OK is the only county in the U.S.A to touch 4 different states (Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, & Kansas). It also shows the distance from the highpoint to each state boundary.

External Links

The Nature Conservancy - Black Mesa Nature Preserve

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AlpinistSignature photo missing

Alpinist

Voted 10/10

The signature photo on this page no longer exists. You should chose another one...
Posted Jun 26, 2008 3:52 pm
txmountaineerRe: Signature photo missing

txmountaineer

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Thanks for pointing this out! I readded the thumbnail so that it at least won't show up as "Page Deleted".
Posted Jun 30, 2008 3:13 pm
AlpinistBad links

Alpinist

Voted 10/10

FYI - Two external links at the bottom of the page appear to be permanently out of commission:

America's Roof website and Ryan Cragun's website.
Posted Sep 17, 2008 5:17 pm
wblumeRe: Bad links

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ryan craguns website appears to be moved to

http://www.ryananddebi.com/2003/07/19/ok-black-mesa/
Posted Oct 31, 2009 4:43 pm
txmountaineerRe: Bad links

txmountaineer

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Thanks for the comments, both of you! these links were added by another user back in the SP, ver 1 days, so I've removed all the personal website links and replaced them with the official link to the Nature Conservancy. Best Regards!
Posted Nov 2, 2009 12:02 pm
MalibuBillBlack Mesa B&B and hike

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We located what we hoped would be and turned out to be a very nice place to stay, Black Mesa B&B. It is right on the road north from 325, maybe 2 miles north and about 2 miles from the trailhead, which is quite well marked. The owners, Monty and Vikki Roberts are personable and eager to please and do furnish, as advertised, a country breakfast. They also permitted us to use the kitchen in their 100 year old ranch house to prepare our dinners. We arrived late afternoon on October 14, 2014, hiked the peak on October 15 and spent that night. Accommodations were comfortable and adequate with the hospitality of the hosts more than making up for any shortcomings. We stayed in the downstairs room in the main house. There is a new cabin on the property that costs a little more also. The guests in it were quite content also. We would return.



The hike itself was fun on a gorgeous if slightly too warm (84 degrees) day. Since a year ago winter arrived in early October in the Plains we were pleased.
Posted Oct 22, 2014 6:35 pm
HasseFamilyRe: Black Mesa B&B and hike

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We would also highly recommend the Black Mesa B&B. While we didn't get the opportunity to stay there, Vicki did us a huge favor out of the goodness of her heart. Good people.



We spotted a herd of Bighorn sheep near their property.



We had perfect temperatures for our hike to the top of Black Mesa. It was a great day.
Posted Apr 9, 2015 10:22 pm
HasseFamilyDirections from the North

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We approached the area from the north in Colorado (southbound 385). At Campo, we travelled west on CR J and then south on CR 13. Both were dirt roads and probably didn't save us much time over taking 385 all the way to 325, but the scenery was very interesting--including a sign proclaiming a ranch "Poverty Acres." CR 13 eventually intersects with 325. We travelled west on 325 and turned north on NS 3.8 which took us to the trailhead.
Posted Apr 9, 2015 10:36 pm

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