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I like it on topBlack Mesa  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 11, 2008

I like it on top

Very nice weather. Also ran into a couple of horned toads and large wolf spider. Completed on 09-11 in memory of that tragic day on behalf of Cops on Top. Ice cream at the Merc.
Posted Sep 12, 2008 1:40 am

psquierBlack Mesa  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 3, 2008
Got up in Ogallala, NE, did Panorama Point by 10:00, off to Mt Sunflower in KS, and then off to Black Mesa arriving at 7:00pm. My GPS had us come through the back side and we found ourselves on some long dirt roads going through some rough but pretty country. We wondered if we were lost but then saw the dinosaur tracks sign and ended up right at the Trailhead. Quick pace to the top, pictures with the horny toad we caught, and back down by 9:20 just as it got dark. It's about 2.7 miles to the mesa ascent, and then at least another mile on top, which was very flat. We then left for Texas via New Mexico. We could not find a hotel until Dalhart, Texas and we couldn't find a place to eat that was open after 10:30. Don't get stranded in this remote area. Cell phones didn't work either. The Garmin Nuvi 600 GPS had us going 24 miles through very rough corn fields. We decided to head back to the main roads and follow the map. Had to swerve to miss hitting cows, deer and did run over a skunk on the main roads!
Posted Aug 5, 2008 10:00 pm

mlandau3What An Updraft
Date Climbed: Jul 10, 2008

mlandau3

A hot hike. We didn't see any rattlesnakes, but did see a few horned toads. Walked to the south rim from the "summit" and the updraft was incredible. We also hope the family emergency at the "Merc" was not serious.
Posted Jul 21, 2008 2:03 am

mlandau3What An Updraft
Date Climbed: Jul 10, 2008

mlandau3

A hot hike. We didn't see any rattlesnakes, but did see a few horned toads. Walked to the south rim from the "summit" and the updraft was incredible. We also hope the family emergency at the "Merc" was not serious.
Posted Jul 21, 2008 2:02 am

StumblingBearOff Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 26, 2007

StumblingBear

Didn't park at the trailhead and didn't take the trail cause I didn't think I wanted to hike an old road to the summit. What I did do is park on the other side of the mesa at a stock tank. From there headed cross country and picked my way up the mesa then it was easy finding the marker. All this took less than an hour, pretty good for an old guy. Coming down I stepped on a large boulder which gave way, rolled over my leg and sent me rolling down the slope. No real damage done. Climb On!
Posted May 19, 2008 10:18 am

jimeganBLACK MESA  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 10, 2004

jimegan

HIKED TO SUMMIT AFTER CLIMBING WHEELER PK IN THE AM
Posted Feb 7, 2008 12:16 pm

wildfamGreat Highpoint  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 28, 2006

wildfam

HP #7. Great hike; beautiful place. Biggest obstacle wasn't snakes or heat or the mountain: it was the herd of cows blocking the trail near the parking lot. They didn't seem to like hikers much.
Posted Jan 26, 2008 2:14 pm

highlandvillagerGreat view of the stars  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 26, 2007

highlandvillager

We drove through the night from DFW to Black Mesa and enjoyed the night sky for a bit, then napped in the truck until sunrise. The rising sun provided a striking first view of the area. We were the first ones to the highoint that day and met two other groups on the way back. We missed visiting the famous Merc in Kenton as we did not return to the highway, but continued west along backroads into New Mexico on our way to Wheeler Peak.
Posted Jan 6, 2008 12:37 am

eric-grizMesa Negra  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 16, 2003

eric-griz

An enjoyable hike.
Posted Nov 9, 2007 9:12 pm

weeds19Very nice spot  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 21, 2001

weeds19

I hit the summit near dusk and enjoyed the a wonderful sunset. The hike down was uneventful and I arrive at the car after dark.
Posted Sep 27, 2007 12:42 am

RedwicTwo State Highpoints, One Day!!!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 7, 2007

Redwic

After climbing New Mexico's state highpoint (Wheeler Peak) in the morning, I drove to Oklahoma so that I could complete a summit hike at it's state highpoint (Black Mesa) before sunset. This was an easy hike (more like a very long walk), which I completed within 2-1/2 hours roundtrip (including photo breaks, especially a lengthy one at the summit). I enjoyed beautiful weather, as well as great views from the edges of Black Mesa. I really liked & appreciated the construction of the summit's Monument. I encountered, and repeatedly got pelted by, the largest grasshoppers that I have ever seen. Roundtail horned lizards were also along the trail.
Posted Sep 10, 2007 12:02 am

Tie-Dye MikeClimbing with Gramps and bouldering  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 12, 2007

Tie-Dye Mike

Went off trail to explore the black volcanic rock before the switchback to the top. Decided to climb that route instead, while my 70 year old grandfather climbed the regular route. My 9th HP, his 2nd. The cacti were amazing on the trail, and in bloom. About 70-75 degree's F for mid March, but would recommend this time of year. Beautiful summit in a desert sort of way!
Posted Aug 13, 2007 11:59 pm

starship_jenHP #32  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 2, 2007

starship_jen

HP #32! This was HP #5 on a 2 week roadtrip with Paul. We were the only ones at the trailhead in the morning and the only ones at the summit. Cool, cloudy, breezy conditions made for a decent hike and the easiest hike of the trip. Yay Oklahoma!
Posted Jul 9, 2007 2:35 pm

ZandtStunning morning hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 18, 2007

Zandt

Started at 0800, hiked through wildflowers and among jackrabbits and yuccas...really stunning hike. The switchbacks onto the mesa caught me off-guard -- they're harder'n they look. Was SHP #2 (after home state Texas!), would -love- to come back in winter. Nearby Boise City was the stereotypical sleepy country town...great morning.
Posted Jun 25, 2007 2:21 pm

2skinnersHP #7 Hot!!!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 20, 2007

2skinners

100 degrees. Very Isolated. Very Beautiful area. I had it all to myself. I did the 8.4 mile round trip in 3 hours and 10 minutes. That includes the 30 minutes or so that I spent taking pictures. Made it down right at sunset. This was my 4th and final highpoint of a 3 day/4 highpoint journey. Summitted the same day as Mount Sunflower.
Posted Jun 22, 2007 6:10 am

huskertriguyBest Highpoint to Date  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 15, 2006

huskertriguy

Part of a marathon drive from Omaha to bag two highpoints with a friend.

Ran to summit almost non-stop, save for a bowel-related emergency near short dike near trailhead. Initially thought txmountaineer a wuss for not running the entire trail, but those switchbacks, while easy enough to hike, can be difficult to run.

No one around the entire time we hiked. Not sure of exact date, but it was a weekday. Beautiful views. Hiked from highpoint marker to NM border. Lingered a bit to enjoy the silence. Luckily - it would appear from the register - it was almost entirely still with no wind.

Highly recommend this highpoint. Rugged, virtually untouched landscape.
Posted May 29, 2007 4:38 pm

boisedocflat  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 13, 1993

boisedoc

had a good burger in a nearby town. Pretty darn flat on that mesa.
Posted Apr 7, 2007 2:41 am

The edgeHP #38  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 12, 2002

The edge

OK, on to Black Mesa; we got there just in time to get to the top and back down before darkness... We didn't even have time to dry our tent from the Wheeler attempt the day before...we slept on the farmers field just at the base of the mountain just near the cows that were roaming around all night!!!
Posted Mar 14, 2007 4:00 pm

Mountain JimThe North Slopes  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 3, 1997

Mountain Jim

Interesting country. Reminds me a little bit of Utah. Nice summit marker.
Posted Jan 7, 2007 3:29 am

huskerhikerBest Highpoint to Date  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 15, 2006

huskerhiker

Highpoint #3

Part of a marathon drive from Omaha to bag two highpoints with a friend.

Ran to summit almost non-stop, save for a bowel-related emergency near short dike near trailhead. Initially thought txmountaineer a wuss for not running the entire trail, but those switchbacks, while easy enough to hike, can be difficult to run.

No one around the entire time we hiked. Not sure of exact date, but it was a weekday. Beautiful views. Hiked from highpoint marker to NM border. Lingered a bit to enjoy the silence. Luckily - it would appear from the register - it was almost entirely still with no wind.

Highly recommend this highpoint. Rugged, virtually untouched landscape.
Posted Oct 30, 2006 10:53 am

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