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.
Mike and I stopped by on our way home from Comdex. We spent some time and energy riding and dragging bicycles up the steep south slope, only to find a road at the top.
Started up the trail as a thunderstorm was rolling in. After watching a few strikes on the mesas ahead, I decided against placing myself at the highest point of Oklahoma as a human lightning rod. I'll have to come back when I get the chance. This was an attempt to sneak it in on a road trip between Arkansas and Utah.
Drove over from Raton to climb up, and it was pretty hot and muggy. Lots of mockingbirds and cicadas to listen to on the way.
Hiked Black Mesa for my 34th birthday. It was my third, I think. My favorite so far. Of course, Oklahoma is my home-state, so I may be biased. :) Almost stepped on a rattlesnake up top.
The parking lot was a great place to park our truck camper for the night after driving all the way there from western Missouri in one day on our way back to California. My three year old and I walked on the trail a bit with our dogs, but unfortunately miles on the road were a bigger priority at that point in the trip than miles on a trail, so we did not attempt the summit this time around.
It was hot, so hike early if you are hiking in the summer.
I did not expect a wonderful land of mesas in western OK, but after hitting this on my way back to CO from the south, I was very glad I discovered the beauty of OK.
With Mesa de Maya, Fallas Mesa, Dalerose Mesa, Tecolote Mesa, Huerfanita, Carrizo Mountain, Baca County Highpoint, 4790, 4831, 4750, 4730 & 4690.
Did this in perfect weather in January 2011. Saw a large fox walking along the trail near the mile 2 bench! Relatively flat the whole way except around the mile 3 bench.
Did this on my annual drive to Indy for Xmas. The ground conditions and my choice of clothing made it more interesting. My schedule didn't allow for much margin of error (I'd get back to the car as it was starting to get dark), so I didn't take time to change into my hiking clothes. Instead, wore cotton pretty much head to toe - plus mesh summer trail shoes. So the 4" to 6" of snow made for a cold walk. The road was plowed, but the parking lot wasn't, so I took a couple of minutes to shovel a little parking spot at the side of the road beforehand. 1:40 up and 1:25 down. Coming from Boise City, there were plenty of signs that said Black Mesa State Park - but they pointed to the left. Stay on the road to Kenton until you see the sign for Black Mesa NATURE PRESERVE.
Really loved this place. the 95 degrees was a bit much though.
An excellent day - clear skies and 60-70 deg. My wife and I followed the old road up to the H.P. at a leisurely pace in 1 hr. 40 min. over the stated 4.2 miles. We noted that several of the wooden route/mileage signs were missing from their posts. Nice benches at M.P. 1, 2, 3, and at the H.P. Bench at M.P. 3 affords a great view to the NW! Nice H.P. monument! We wondered how they got it up there...the road is impassible now. The register box is full of loose notes, and the books are full. Does anyone manage the register?