Savy said it was hard but well worth it!
I say longer hike to the mesa than I expected then short trip but we enjoyed it and was glad to get on top for a bit of a breeze!
Started @ 1 AM. Windy, cloudless, half waning moon. Beautiful scenery in the moonlight. So much flox! Eighty five minute walk up, same time back down. Back in my car @ 4 AM.
Hiked this one day after Arkansas' Mt. Magazine. Flew a Cessna 170B into Clayton, NM then drove to Kenton. Lucked out by finding a clean, wonderful bed and breakfast about four miles from the trailhead (Black Mesa Bed and Breakfast). I highly recommend the B&B. The owners were very friendly and hospitable. The hike was pretty easy. The hardest part was the heat on the way back down. The mileage went by relatively quickly as it is predominantly flat. Would recommend!
Nice easy hike but super hot. Lots of pretty wildflowers.
It was a scorching hot walk through Mesa country on a July day. Though, the mesas and surrounding country were beautiful! The hike was very easy and had a nice big monument too. For me, State HP #23!!
A beautiful nature walk, with a small section of assent. Really nice views. Stayed at the B&B that night, great time with some locals.
Temps in the 70s, a nice breeze on top. About a 4 hour round trip with about a half hour on top. Sunscreen and water! Stayed at Black Mesa B&B and ate at Hoot Owl Guest Ranch and learned some local history.
nice hike in absolute solitude - saw no one else during the whole trip - staid at Black Mesa BB close by - great place
Funny the things I've learned hanging out with High Pointers...
very nice hike. saw a huge spider midway into trail. cool
out and back in 3 hrs.
Hiked this with my Son and wife this weekend. Not many places nearby to stay. We stayed in Clayton, NM at Best Western. Fantastic BW! No camping allowed in the preserve. :-( Very easy leisurely hike. Easiest High Point to date. This would most likely be entirely different as a summer hike. No shade, No water. Very well marked trail. The view into the valley from the top of the Mesa is about all this offers. But even Barren land has a beauty of its own. Trail head Bathroom is the best Ive found! Thanks to the conservancy!
Slowly ticking off state HP as opportunity present themselves. A beautiful hike.
Unique views, and saw several horned toads and pronghorn antelope. First 2.5 miles is flat walking, then short 1/4 mile or so up the hill. On top was only dissappointing factor, another mile of flat walking to marker. But worth seeing it all at least once. Took us 1:20 up and 2:40 total round trip. We had shade and a little breeze most of the way, which really made it nice. Bring some water and conversation.
Scenic hike in beautiful country. Saw horned toads and collared lizards. Slightly hazy, but could see Rabbit Ear Mountain to the south, Sierra Grande and Capulin Volcano to the southwest, and Potato Butte to the north. Visited the OK/NM/CO tri-point after the hike.
First high point ever. Saw the most epic sunrise ever. This was the first part of a road trip from Enid, OK out to the HP, and then to Capulin Volcano, Taos New Mexico, Amarillo Texas, and back home. Did this again on April 24th 2010. Perfect weather both times.
This was the second of four HPs on my recent vacation to the southwest. Following Nebraska, I was really beginning to enjoy how hitting highpoints allows you to visit some unique places in the U.S. I found this panhandle area to be oddly beautiful in its barrenness. Nice hike, fortunately overcast and not scorching sun, and distant storms held off -- and even gave me a rainbow to view down the stretch.
Drove up from Texas, camped at the state park. Beautiful, very isolated area—reminds me of all those old westerns. The hike up to the top seemed to take a long time getting around the base, and then a very short, fun, steep trip up, and then another long walk across the flat top. On the way up, we passed an older couple coming down, and then met a gal at the high-point marker, and then passed another couple going down. Mostly had the place to ourselves.
We didn't see a single person. Lots of deer and rabbits, though.