Black Mesa Climber's Log

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IHaveArrived - Jan 20, 2010 1:50 am Date Climbed: Oct 8, 2009

HP #8  Sucess!

Drove from Wheeler Peak after a failed summit attempt (zero visibility and hurricane force winds) and stayed the night at Black Mesa St Pk. The temperature was around freezing when I started hiking and once on the mesa the wind really kicked up. The landscape on the hike is quite cool; I'd never seen cacti like that before. And what's with the colorful old west town?

jeremyjsnow - Jan 6, 2010 5:10 pm


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


pittbrownie - Nov 23, 2009 8:51 am Date Climbed: Nov 20, 2009

state highpoint #4  Sucess!

Nice, easy hike. Watched sunset from the top, then ran down.


TJ311 - Sep 15, 2009 11:02 am Date Climbed: Sep 9, 2009

Easy Highpoint  Sucess!

A nice easy walk up to Oklahoma's state highpoint. It was sunny and a little warm. Lot's of nice flowers along the way.


BadgerSummitSeeker - Aug 27, 2009 7:27 pm Date Climbed: May 22, 2009

HP # 14  Sucess!

Absolutely loved the drive between Boise City and Kenton. Pretty hike up to Black Mesa. Haven't done much hiking at all in this dry of an area but I liked the change in scenery. On my way down saw a fellow Wisconsinite, Holsti97, who is closing in on finishing the 50 states. Enjoyed supper at the Kenton Merc before heading on to attempt Wheeler Peak (ultimately unsuccessful due to snow & ice).


osatrik - Jul 19, 2009 10:32 pm

Re: What An Updraft

You have two identical entries in the climbers log for Black Mesa OK


skinnywhitecomic - Jun 19, 2009 5:11 pm Date Climbed: Jun 15, 2009

HP #19  Sucess!

I was the only only hiking the trail this day, and in the blazing 95 degree weather. Thankfully I had lots of sunscreen and LOTS of water! Highpoint #19!


Holsti97 - May 27, 2009 10:19 pm

Re: Old West Town

A businessman from Tuscon, AZ decided to build a hotel, restaurant, resort without getting the necessary building permits. The local government has put the project on hold and there is a lot of political wrangling going on. I was told that he plans on completing the project this summer with or without permission.


Holsti97 - May 24, 2009 10:50 pm Date Climbed: May 22, 2009

You're OK Oklahoma!!  Sucess!

Had lunch at the Kenton Mercantile in Kenton. Started our hike at 12:40 PM. Hiked to the summit. Met some other Highpointers from Wisconsin and Florida. Spent a lot of time talking to them and lingered at the summit. Returned to our vehicle at 4:30 and then got ice cream and certificates at the Kenton Merc. HP #40.


Pedaldance - Mar 30, 2009 11:45 am Date Climbed: Mar 21, 2009

HP #3  Sucess!

No sign of rattle snakes or the warned of scorpions from the nice people at Merc. Warm and windy while dodging what appeared to be a large storm, which ultimately added to clouds, producing amazing sunset views. A wonderful day for hiking and the introduction of Highpointing to my friend, Casie, from Colorado.


McCannster - Mar 8, 2009 7:08 pm Date Climbed: Mar 8, 2009

5th HP!  Sucess!

Drove from Boulder to La Junta Saturday night, slept in the back of borrowed friend's car on some random street in LJ, drove to Black Mesa in the morning. This is a looooong drive from anywhere, but a really beautiful one. Something about those open, vast plains really gets me. Stayed on the highpoint for about 15 minutes, then booked it back. Now I have studying to do :(


jeffh25 - Feb 10, 2009 2:41 pm Date Climbed: Nov 8, 2008

Black Mesa  Sucess!

Highpoint #7. Camped in Black Mesa State Park then drove up and climbed the next morning. Kinda cold start (25 degrees) but it warmed up nice by midday. The Merc was closed so no burgers for us. Does anyone know what the old west town set up around the corner at the base of the mesa is? Movie set, maybe?


sgb02d - Feb 9, 2009 4:25 pm Date Climbed: Jan 3, 2009

Incredible  Sucess!

I felt like I was walking through the dinosaur age. I had my camera out and ready in case a Stegosaurus walked by.

Definitely one of the most unique places I have ever been too.


Alpinist - Sep 28, 2008 11:10 pm Date Climbed: Sep 28, 2008

#26  Sucess!

Flew into Denver and rented a car with Zscapes for 2 days of highpointing. We visited Mt Sunflower on Sept 27th and Black Mesa on Sept 28th. We had perfect weather and both "summits" to ourselves.

I like it on top

I like it on top - Sep 12, 2008 1:40 am Date Climbed: Sep 11, 2008

Black Mesa  Sucess!

Very nice weather. Also ran into a couple of horned toads and large wolf spider. Completed on 09-11 in memory of that tragic day on behalf of Cops on Top. Ice cream at the Merc.

psquier - Aug 5, 2008 10:00 pm Date Climbed: Aug 3, 2008

Black Mesa  Sucess!

Got up in Ogallala, NE, did Panorama Point by 10:00, off to Mt Sunflower in KS, and then off to Black Mesa arriving at 7:00pm. My GPS had us come through the back side and we found ourselves on some long dirt roads going through some rough but pretty country. We wondered if we were lost but then saw the dinosaur tracks sign and ended up right at the Trailhead. Quick pace to the top, pictures with the horny toad we caught, and back down by 9:20 just as it got dark. It's about 2.7 miles to the mesa ascent, and then at least another mile on top, which was very flat. We then left for Texas via New Mexico. We could not find a hotel until Dalhart, Texas and we couldn't find a place to eat that was open after 10:30. Don't get stranded in this remote area. Cell phones didn't work either. The Garmin Nuvi 600 GPS had us going 24 miles through very rough corn fields. We decided to head back to the main roads and follow the map. Had to swerve to miss hitting cows, deer and did run over a skunk on the main roads!


mlandau3 - Jul 21, 2008 2:03 am Date Climbed: Jul 10, 2008

What An Updraft

A hot hike. We didn't see any rattlesnakes, but did see a few horned toads. Walked to the south rim from the "summit" and the updraft was incredible. We also hope the family emergency at the "Merc" was not serious.


mlandau3 - Jul 21, 2008 2:02 am Date Climbed: Jul 10, 2008

What An Updraft

A hot hike. We didn't see any rattlesnakes, but did see a few horned toads. Walked to the south rim from the "summit" and the updraft was incredible. We also hope the family emergency at the "Merc" was not serious.


StumblingBear - May 19, 2008 10:18 am Date Climbed: Aug 26, 2007

Off Route  Sucess!

Didn't park at the trailhead and didn't take the trail cause I didn't think I wanted to hike an old road to the summit. What I did do is park on the other side of the mesa at a stock tank. From there headed cross country and picked my way up the mesa then it was easy finding the marker. All this took less than an hour, pretty good for an old guy. Coming down I stepped on a large boulder which gave way, rolled over my leg and sent me rolling down the slope. No real damage done. Climb On!


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



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