Black Mesa Climber's Log

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wannabepeakbagger - May 7, 2018 7:49 am Date Climbed: May 3, 2018

Got lucky with good weather  Sucess!

About 70 degrees and breezy when I did it. Nice views of mesas for the first 3 miles or so. Then the views get pretty dull once you get to the actual mesa top. Benches are present at mile markers 1,2, and 3 and there are some directional signs to keep you on track. I was on a tight schedule so made it car to car in a little over 2 hours. 3-4 hours would be a nice relaxed pace.

triviasteve - Apr 26, 2018 7:36 am Date Climbed: Jul 12, 2015

a beautiful hike  Sucess!

did this one on a cross country trip. beautiful hike!

HikerHel - Mar 31, 2018 12:55 pm Date Climbed: Jun 14, 2014

Highpoint #2  Sucess!

I hiked this trail during the day to accomplish my 2nd highpoint; my dad passed away in the evening. Dad, that hike was for you and for raising me to be a strong, independent person I am today. RIP


NonaRider - Mar 29, 2018 11:11 am Date Climbed: May 10, 2010

Peak #23 [NonaRider]

Unfortunately I didn't get a chance to finish this peak because of weather conditions, so I will be returning the first chance I get!


Kiefer - Nov 14, 2017 1:51 am Date Climbed: Apr 14, 2016

Multi Peak Trip  Sucess!

Along with: OK State Line Point, 4750, Sunflower, Kansas State Line Point, Rock Hill & Grant Cty HP.


harbor - Oct 2, 2017 12:49 am

Beautiful morning hike

Drove from Grantsville UT, all night on Wed the 5th to Mt. Elbert in CO. Got in at 2am and was up at 6:30 am. Summited Elbert that morning and drove all the way to trailhead of Wheeler, NM that same day. Was up at sunrise and was the 2nd person on top of Wheeler for the day.Drove all the way to Black Mesa in OK that afternoon. Summited Black Mesa the next morning (Saturday the 8th). i hiked with a really cool guy named Greg from the Seattle area who was trying to do every single lower 48 high point in one road trip. He was pretty close to the end and only had a few left in the west. I drove all the way to Mt. Magaizine in AR that same day. I slept in the back of my van in the parking lot of the Lodge. Didn't want to drive around in the campsite so late at night. Trail ran to the summit very early Sunday morning. Left immediately and drove to St. Louis to start a grad school program that night. Back to Back to Back to Back state high points. Was a good road trip.


JenEss - Dec 26, 2016 7:46 pm Date Climbed: Dec 16, 2014

#1  Sucess!

This was my first state highpoint. I stayed the previous night at Black Mesa Bed and Breakfast in Kenton, which is run by two very lovely and kind people, it's reasonably priced, and they have cute dogs and cats. Also, the night sky in this area is literally amazing since there is very little light pollution and you can see a mind-boggling number of stars in the sky. Anyway, I started my hike at around 9AM, and it took roughly 5 hours roundtrip, which included an hour of me taking pics and eating lunch at the top. Not only was this my first state highpoint, but it was the first hike I had ever done by myself. As it turns out, I really was by myself in all senses of the term, as I never ran into another person or saw another car besides mine the entire time I was there; I only saw cows and birds. It was quite an amazing feeling of accomplishment. The hike itself was pretty middle-of-the-road in my opinion, not difficult because a significant portion of the beginning and the end of the trail are just flatland walking, but not easy because some sections in the middle of the trail are fairly steep and rocky. After visiting the highpoint marker, I walked over to the edge of the mesa so I could look down the cliff onto New Mexico, which was a beautiful sight but it was quite windy, enough to cause me to take a couple of steps back from the edge for safety's sake. There was no snow, only earth, plants, and sky for as far as my eyes could see. Based on other people's experiences hiking this in the summer, I am glad I did this one in the winter. I was dressed in layers and I took them off and put them back on as needed, never getting unbearably hot or cold. This place is a long drive from most anywhere, but it's a harshly beautiful landscape and I am glad I hiked it.


mbjakusz - Sep 12, 2016 3:23 pm Date Climbed: Jul 3, 2016

HP# 21  Sucess!

This was our 21st Highpoint and the firs for 2016 and the first since my Achilles surgery so this would be a good test. Had great weather and a nice hike to the top of Oklahoma.


larvitar - Sep 4, 2016 2:32 pm Date Climbed: Aug 18, 2016

Larvitour Stop #36  Sucess!

After visiting the other Plains high points, I wasn't expecting such a long hike from Oklahoma, but every step of that 8-mile round trip was beautiful. Hiked up to the high point, then detoured to the edge of the mesa and watched the vultures and ravens ride the updrafts. Don't we all wish we could do the same?


patascent - Jul 1, 2016 7:00 pm Date Climbed: Jun 18, 2016

Fun Evening Trail Run  Sucess!

Our 2nd high point of the day (1st Mount Sunflower, KS). My first time being at two state high points in one day. Chris and I enjoyed hiking and jogging the trail to the summit. Beautiful country! Saw lots of horny toads and rabbits too.


big_g - Jun 28, 2016 3:00 am Date Climbed: Jan 3, 2016

HP #?  Sucess!

Nice hike that reminded me a bit of the Arizona Trail.


BLBonnet - Jun 13, 2016 4:30 pm Date Climbed: Mar 25, 2015

Bring water  Sucess!

We were surprised by the amount of walking we had to do. Took us at least a couple hours. The first half of the trail gets pretty boring and some expecting a quick hike will be annoyed by the trail taking so long to gain elevation. It's a unique location - especially for Oklahoma!


mountaingazelle - Apr 28, 2016 11:15 am Date Climbed: Apr 24, 2016

Black Mesa  Sucess!

Hiked to the highpoint on a sunny and windy morning. Nice monument on the summit.


Kiefer - Apr 14, 2016 8:23 pm Date Climbed: Apr 14, 2016

Great day  Sucess!

Had the trail, Mesa to myself. Saw a herd of Desert Bighorn. Not too bad for a class-1 trail.

Bark Eater

Bark Eater - Oct 21, 2015 1:01 pm Date Climbed: Oct 18, 2015

Beautiful day in the panhandle  Sucess!

Picture perfect fall day. We only encountered one other group of two our entire time on the trail. #44 for me. #34 for Lillian. We loved staying at the Black Mesa B&B. Highly recommended!


lorriegirl - Sep 8, 2015 11:37 pm Date Climbed: Sep 6, 2015

Highpoint Plus Allosaurus Tracks  Sucess!

There were 6 groups on the trail ahead of us, and two more came while we were on the trail on Labor Day weekend. Beautiful weather and clear path, with handy benches at each mile. Take plenty of water. Took us longer than I expected at 4.5 hours, but we were in no hurry.

Discovered there were several Allosaurus tracks in a riverbed just 4/10 mile from trailhead. We drove over and saw them. Pretty amazing set of fossilized prints!


DarrenKnezek - Jul 13, 2015 10:18 am Date Climbed: Jun 23, 2015

On the way back to Utah  Sucess!

My wife and I climbed to the top on the way back to Utah. Wonderful hike with gorgeous wildflowers aplenty. Saw many horned toads and iguanas. Neat monument on top!


punchline - May 30, 2015 10:25 am Date Climbed: May 24, 2015

HP # 28  Sucess!

Lucked out as far as the weather as all the spring storms passed through a few days before we got there. Absolutely stunning wildflowers and lush, green vegetation. Husband got attacked by a jumping cholla cactus but persevered and made the summit! Well-marked and easy trail with temps in the low 70's. Would not want to do this in July as it would be a scorcher, for sure.


Tonka - Apr 20, 2015 4:55 am Date Climbed: Apr 18, 2015

Nice area most would not get to.  Sucess!

Got an early start for here - long drive in (We came in from Dalhart,TX), and had very cool temps with the trail to ourselves. One of those areas you'd never find without being from OK or a high pointer. 2 1/2 hours for us but we had an agenda, could have spent more time.


VtownStrider - Oct 7, 2014 7:42 pm

Hp 16  Sucess!

This was a very beautiful state park. It was over a year ago but I stayed with a nice couple at a bed and breakfast in the park. The hike itself was actually quite nice and not what I expected for Oklahoma, the marker on top was really cool.

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