Black Mesa Climber's Log

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jimegan

jimegan - Feb 7, 2008 12:16 pm Date Climbed: Jul 10, 2004

BLACK MESA  Sucess!

HIKED TO SUMMIT AFTER CLIMBING WHEELER PK IN THE AM

jeremyjsnow - Jan 6, 2010 5:10 pm

Re: BLACK MESA

I'm planning the same trip. Any recomendations on which roads to use from Wheeler to Black Mesa? Any to avoid?

wildfam

wildfam - Jan 26, 2008 2:14 pm Date Climbed: Jun 28, 2006

Great Highpoint  Sucess!

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.

highlandvillager

highlandvillager - Jan 6, 2008 12:37 am Date Climbed: May 26, 2007

Great view of the stars  Sucess!

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.

eric-griz

eric-griz - Nov 9, 2007 9:12 pm Date Climbed: Apr 16, 2003

Mesa Negra  Sucess!

An enjoyable hike.

weeds19

weeds19 - Sep 27, 2007 12:42 am Date Climbed: Sep 21, 2001

Very nice spot  Sucess!

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.

Redwic

Redwic - Sep 10, 2007 12:02 am Date Climbed: Sep 7, 2007

Two State Highpoints, One Day!!!  Sucess!

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.

Tie-Dye Mike

Tie-Dye Mike - Aug 13, 2007 11:59 pm Date Climbed: Mar 12, 2007

Climbing with Gramps and bouldering  Sucess!

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!

starship_jen

starship_jen - Jul 9, 2007 2:35 pm Date Climbed: Jul 2, 2007

HP #32  Sucess!

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!

Zandt

Zandt - Jun 25, 2007 2:21 pm Date Climbed: Jun 18, 2007

Stunning morning hike  Sucess!

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.

2skinners - Jun 22, 2007 6:10 am Date Climbed: Jun 20, 2007

HP #7 Hot!!!  Sucess!

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.

huskertriguy

huskertriguy - May 29, 2007 4:38 pm Date Climbed: Jan 15, 2006

Best Highpoint to Date  Sucess!

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.

boisedoc

boisedoc - Apr 7, 2007 2:41 am Date Climbed: Jun 13, 1993

flat  Sucess!

had a good burger in a nearby town. Pretty darn flat on that mesa.

The edge

The edge - Mar 14, 2007 4:00 pm Date Climbed: Feb 12, 2002

HP #38  Sucess!

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!!!

Mountain Jim

Mountain Jim - Jan 7, 2007 3:29 am Date Climbed: May 3, 1997

The North Slopes  Sucess!

Interesting country. Reminds me a little bit of Utah. Nice summit marker.

huskerhiker

huskerhiker - Oct 30, 2006 10:53 am Date Climbed: Jan 15, 2006

Best Highpoint to Date  Sucess!

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.

surgent

surgent - Oct 19, 2006 8:02 pm

Twice  Sucess!

Hiked it in awful storm conbditions in 1996, again after a snowfall in 1999 (beautiful). Be sure to enjoy the Merc in Kenton afterwards. Neat area.

noggin

noggin - Oct 6, 2006 8:31 pm Date Climbed: Mar 5, 2005

Standard Route  Sucess!

This hike consists of a flat walk to the mesa, followed by a steep short stint to get on top, ending with a flat walk to the monument. Nice, easy, short. It was a very pleasant day.

woodstrider

woodstrider - Oct 2, 2006 9:49 pm Date Climbed: Sep 29, 2006

Hot day at Black Mesa  Sucess!

Hiked from the Nature Conservancy's trailhead about 4.2 miles to the summit of Black Mesa in 100 degree heat and under clear skies. Probably the most quiet summit that I have ever visited with the least amount of shade available. Came down by crossing the mesa and finding a way down through the cliffs and hitting the trail about 1 mile from the trailhead. I do not recommend this for others unless you feel comfortable going cross country. The trail is very good and easy to follow with many signs giving milage (one way). So hot even the rattle snakes were hiding. RT time to summit and back; 4 hours-2 up, 1.5 down, and 1/2 hour rest on summit.

osatrik

osatrik - Sep 1, 2006 4:55 am Date Climbed: Apr 12, 1993

2nd try is the charm  Sucess!

The first time we tried to do Black Mesa, in December 1987, we were moving our family across the country. I slid off the farm road on the north side of the mesa (dry road surface, WET under the dry layer!) and tore a hole in my radiator hose. Tied my daughter's sweat shirt around the damage and rushed back to the little store, where the owner (also postmaster, school bus driver, etc.) gave me four milk jugs of water and sent me back to Boise City. It took us a day to get the car fixed, and then we had to get moving to Colorado.

Five and a half years later we were successful. Worried a lot about snakes in the rocks around the rim, but didn't see any. This was number 39 of my 49 state high points, and daughter Vanessa's #38.

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