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North Flank Route

North Flank Route

North Flank Route

Page Type: Route

Location: Oklahoma, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 36.93190°N / 102.9977°W

Object Title: North Flank Route

Route Type: Hike

Time Required: Less than two hours

Difficulty: Class 1 (Walk-Up)

Route Quality: 
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Page By: txmountaineer

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

Object ID: 158976

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The Nature Conservancy has constructed a parking lot and trailhead for the Black Mesa Preserve. All hikes of Black Mesa should begin at this point in order to minimize damage to the area.

Route Description

The trail begins at the northeast end of the mesa and meanders around its base before ascending around 500 ft to the top. It then continues for a short distance to the summit marker in the midst of what seems to be a vast plain. All in all, the well-marked route encompasses 8.4 miles round-trip and only about 800 vertical feet. The mesa top used to be difficult to navigate, however, signs marking either "HIGHPOINT" or "TRAIL HEAD" (depending on direction of travel) lead the way.

Essential Gear

None required

Miscellaneous Info

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