A simple but very hot hike - bring extra water!
Started up about 7:30 am and already warm. Easy hike with some breezes so not bad going "up." By the time I got back about 10, it was 106 degrees. Then, on to Kansas! -Don't trust Google map directions around here. The "road" they had me on was just ruts in a farmer's field.
Since I had left from Fort Collins that morning and was trying to hit all three tri-points in the vicinity I didn't have a lot of time to hang out at the top. It was a very nice day and other than a bit of washing out on the trail it was easy to follow and hike up. Total time from car to summit to car was a hair under 2 hours 20 minutes.
It might have been the windiest day of the year so far, but that didn't stop us from doing the 8+ mile roundtrip hike in 2.5 hours. The drive getting out here was almost as interesting as the hike.
Temp 95 at start of hike. I drank 2.5 quarts of water and could have drunk more. On the hike out, saw a large metal cage sitting in the middle of the trail. No tire marks or other evidence of how it got there?? StHP #9.
#1 04-01-22 W/Lana. Started at the gated Nature Preserve TH and walked the 8.4 miles r/t in 3+45 in spite of the wind and spending 15 minutes at the summit monument. An ammo box protects the summit register. The views on top of the mesa are other-worldly. The kiosks along the "path" are interesting and worth reading. The fist three miles offer a bench upon which to sit every mile. Having a clean restroom at the TH was a nice plus. If you need a place to stay I recommend the Black Mesa Bed and Breakfast which is another couple of miles toward Kenton. The owners are delightful, friendly and offer clean amenities along with their Oklahoma hospitality.
Flew from SLC to Denver. Drove to Panorama Point in Nebraska and then on to Mount Sunflower in Kansas. Today we hiked Black Mesa in Oklahoma. It was a cold windy day but I enjoyed it.
We started before dawn for cool hiking and "summitted" shortly after sunrise. The top of the mesa is truly flat but with a nice view (especially north). Saw a neat horned toad on the way back!
I was the only one on the entire hike. I had the entire Mesa to myself.
My oldest son and daughter and I hiked on Thanksgiving day. We had the mesa all to ourselves and enjoyed the stark beauty of the landscape. We hiked "all the way to New Mexico" where my son took his obligatory picture of him eating a Clif Bar while sitting on a cliff. This was an easy but satisfying hike to my 15th state high point. Afterward, we drove a mile or so up the road to see fossilized dinosaur tracks.
I hiked in memory of my Army friend LTC Matt Brown and to raise awareness for mental health issues and veteran suicide prevention. Rest in peace, my friend.
Great hike. Beautiful weather.
Flew into Denver, then drove to hit the KS highpoint, then on to Black Mesa. It was a really pretty day with highs in the 50s. We were the last to do the hike that day and got back to our car shortly before sundown. What a remote and isolated area. Fun to experience.
Beautiful day, and great view of typical Southwest high desert. AllTrails said this was 8.7 miles, so a little longer than I had anticipated. Still, it’s a pretty easy hike. Just one section of climbing. Takes about 25 minutes to get up the mesa. Would not want to do this in the summer, but, overall it’s a fun hike.
Did after driving from Guadalupe Peak (TX's highpoint). Few people, nice weather with a light breeze. Sentimental summit for me. Very runnable- 1:18 RT
I am very happy the high point brought me to this neck of the woods.
Much more interesting than I expected it to be. Love the native grassland on the drive in.
Disappointed after traveling from Mt Sunflower to find the trail to Black Mesa is closed for at least a week by the sheriff ‘s department after the need for multiple rescues. It’s hot so be smart!
If you want to get far away for everything this is the place. Neat place.
1.5 hours to hike up the 4.2 miles and 600 feet of elevation gain. Hung out on top for an hour, then walked down in just under 1.5 hours.
A fine way to start a highpointing trip!