Hiked with Jay Dolan. We both completed our AZ CoHP list with this one. Congrats to Jay!
We took the Yazzi route and parked near a gate (not locked) about 0.5 miles away from the water tanks. We lost the trail a couple of times but if you pay attention it is pretty straight forward.
Hiked with matt (del_sur). Saw nobody up there the entire day except for some locals along the road, and enjoyed sweeping views off to the north. We went over Kayenta BM first going along the rim. A little brush-bashing is to be expected, but navigation isn't difficult if you stay near the rim. A very unique hike.
Black Mesa is often the completion hike for
AZ county High pointers. I finished here in 1992,
my wife in 1997. The views off the north are
Words of advice from Sarah: don't drift far from the
rim with no:
4. sense of direction
5. clue where you are
SP'er Dennis Poulin and I followed the Surgent road description and it worked beautifully. We parked away from the road and walked from there so it added some distance. One minor routefinding error added a mile or so but we had a near perfect day for doing this hike. Either Dennis or myself will put up a trip report as this one was one we enjoyed. We also found our way to the Kayenta benchmark and found a register there, signed only by the two who placed it there in 2005.
Went with Scott Peavy, who needed only Black Mesa to complete the AZ county highpoints. I impaled my leg on a dead branch about two miles in, but luckily the bleeding stopped and I was able to hobble to the "top" and back using Scott's trekking poles. The wound is still healing well, but the scar will be there much longer...
A fascinating/weird place to hike, but it's probably not a bad idea to have someone with you!
My first time at this highpoint was in 2000 (June 4, my b-day) with 2 fellow hikers. I came back with my wife and 3 others in May 2004. The second time was definitely easier, but still a long day.