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nogginStandard Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 5, 2005

noggin

This hike consists of a flat walk to the mesa, followed by a steep short stint to get on top, ending with a flat walk to the monument. Nice, easy, short. It was a very pleasant day.
Posted Oct 6, 2006 8:31 pm

woodstriderHot day at Black Mesa  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 29, 2006

woodstrider

Hiked from the Nature Conservancy's trailhead about 4.2 miles to the summit of Black Mesa in 100 degree heat and under clear skies. Probably the most quiet summit that I have ever visited with the least amount of shade available. Came down by crossing the mesa and finding a way down through the cliffs and hitting the trail about 1 mile from the trailhead. I do not recommend this for others unless you feel comfortable going cross country. The trail is very good and easy to follow with many signs giving milage (one way). So hot even the rattle snakes were hiding. RT time to summit and back; 4 hours-2 up, 1.5 down, and 1/2 hour rest on summit.
Posted Oct 2, 2006 9:49 pm

osatrik2nd try is the charm  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 12, 1993

osatrik

The first time we tried to do Black Mesa, in December 1987, we were moving our family across the country. I slid off the farm road on the north side of the mesa (dry road surface, WET under the dry layer!) and tore a hole in my radiator hose. Tied my daughter's sweat shirt around the damage and rushed back to the little store, where the owner (also postmaster, school bus driver, etc.) gave me four milk jugs of water and sent me back to Boise City. It took us a day to get the car fixed, and then we had to get moving to Colorado.

Five and a half years later we were successful. Worried a lot about snakes in the rocks around the rim, but didn't see any. This was number 39 of my 49 state high points, and daughter Vanessa's #38.
Posted Sep 1, 2006 4:55 am

Scott WisherFirst Time in OK  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 13, 2006

Scott Wisher

My first trip to Oklahoma was a successful one. I got back to the car with about 2 minutes to spare before 3+ inches of rain with very intense lightning befell the area.
Posted Aug 14, 2006 10:39 pm

JYDOkie  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 5, 2006

JYD

If youre afraid of cows, you should probably avoid this one.
Posted Jul 13, 2006 1:02 pm

blephotoBlack Mesa, Oklahoma  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 10, 2005

blephoto

Another highpoint alone. This was an easy one. When I climbed it there were no other people on the trail or at the marker. Be sure to go to the South rim of the mesa to just sit and take in the veiw of the surrounding area. I love the lonely open places. This was highpoint #3.
Posted Jun 24, 2006 10:05 pm

TLPSun Blasted  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 23, 2006

TLP

Got there later than I wanted to. So had to hike it at high noon in the BLAZING sun. I don't recommend anyone else doing that! I got a nice sunburn from that. Very, very scenic part of the country. Was a totally clear day. Not a cloud in the sky. Just WAY too HOT. HOT. HOT.
Posted May 29, 2006 1:39 pm

IlafanOhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhk-lahoma!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 9, 2006

Ilafan

Loved it! People who complain about this one have no sense of history or appreciation for that county. This one shows that highpoint hiking is more than just X-treme dudes hanging off mountaintops. It's about seeing a part of the country that helped shape our history. Walking this trail at sunrise, all by myself, I loved the sounds and sights. I heard roosters crow, cows moo, and birds chirp. I even saw a roadrunner. I could almost see John Wayne or the characters from McMurtry's Lonesome Dove. This country is so different than MN; I think that's why I like it so much. No snakes, either!! :)
Posted Apr 14, 2006 2:33 am

NanitaDSouth side  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 3, 1997

NanitaD

We'd gone to Mt. Sunflower the high point in Kansas, then to the lowest point in Colorado, and on to the high point of Oklahoma all in one trip. I like the summit monument with milage to distant places like NY.
Posted Apr 7, 2006 1:17 am

kozRoute Climbed: Standard Date Climbed: June 3, 2003  Sucess!

koz

Soloed highpoint #17. Saw no snakes, just cows getting in my way! Probably was moving too fast anyway. Highly recommend stopping at the Merc & stayed the night before at the Kenton Kabins, though I hear it's up for sale now.
Posted Jan 3, 2006 12:04 am

chmoore577Route Climbed: North Flank Date Climbed: October 2, 2005  Sucess!

chmoore577

A nice hike in October (not too hot), though it did seem to wind around the mesa a little wider than neccessary adding a little distance to the overall length. Not much view at the top. We did encounter a black and yellow snake along the trail on the return and a rather large black hairy spider. Also a dead cow whose carcass was just begining to deteriorate with skull and bones starting to show through the hide. All in all a very isolated and interesting area.
Posted Oct 21, 2005 2:17 pm

CortezRoute Climbed: North Flank Date Climbed: August 5, 2005  Sucess!

Cortez

This was a nice little hike but it seemed to be excessively long. It was quite hot in early August but it was dry. Our dog Shiloh got a bit too close to a prarie rattler and she also hurt her foot at the bottom of the Mesa herding cattle so watch your dogs, especially in the summer. Take lots of water for both yourself, & your pets.

The views from the obnoxious "summit" marker were splendid. Jennifer and I experienced unparalled solitude on our hike to Black Mesa we saw no one, not even any cars until we were well on our way to Raton.



Splendid Isolation!
Posted Aug 16, 2005 3:04 pm

ChaddBraggRoute Climbed: Normal route Date Climbed: June 2005  Sucess!
I dont know if the view at the top was worth the walk in 100 degree temps
Posted Aug 14, 2005 12:44 pm

gruntRoute Climbed: North Flank Route Date Climbed: September 2002  Sucess!

grunt

I also didn't think it was as long or boring as some folks report. Hiked early in the morning when the heat wasn't too bad. The easy trail made for easy conversation with my hiking companion. My second state HP.
Posted Jun 17, 2005 1:16 pm

JohnMcPikeDate Climbed: April 9, 2005

JohnMcPike

It was a cold (34 degrees) morning at the trailhead when we started out at 6:45am. Warmed up beautifully. It was an awesome hike to do in the morning and hearing the nearby cattle. The terrain is like no place else. Repeat hike, also did it on November 27, 1997
Posted May 24, 2005 9:40 pm

easleygoneRoute Climbed: South Face Direct Date Climbed: July 1989  Sucess!
I passed by on my way to Colorado and decided

to knock off another highpoint. After finding the

summit? monument I discovered a nice road to

it from the north.
Posted Apr 13, 2005 12:09 am

splandswestRoute Climbed: Trail from the northside of the mesa. Date Climbed: Early 90's.  Sucess!

splandswest

My family and I made this hike late in the day. It was a great experience. Views are nice. On the way back to our car (northeastward across the mesa) we saw several tarantula's crossing the dirt trail.
Posted Apr 12, 2005 9:25 am

LinejudgeRoute Climbed: Main Trail Date Climbed: May 17, 2003  Sucess!
Nice hike, I didn't think it was as long or boring as some people seem to. I ran most of the lower part going up and intended to run all the way down until I almost stepped on a rattlesnake. A hundred yards from the trailhead a saw another snake, bright red and at least 6 feet long. Easily the biggest snake I've seen in the wild. Not sure what kind it was but I let him have the trail. I will post a picture of him maybe someone will know what kind of snake it is.
Posted Feb 9, 2005 5:21 pm

Steve GruhnRoute Climbed: North Flank Route Date Climbed: August 7, 1992  Sucess!
Easy hike, but unbearable heat.
Posted Jan 30, 2005 5:30 pm

phillinleyRoute Climbed: North Flank Route Date Climbed: 1/8/04  Sucess!

phillinley

Wow, that was boring. There has got to be a quicker route going up the south side that would cut the hike from 4+ miles to about 1 or so. I ran it and it still felt like it was never going to end.
Posted Jan 11, 2005 2:26 am

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