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?
I hiked Black Mesa right before sunset. I started on the trail at 5:20 and made it to the summit about an hour later. It was dark by the time I made it back to the parking lot. Not much of a view but glad I did it.
A fun hike with 2 neighbor dudes from Minnesoter. Stepped on several horned toads, but didn't lick them. Saw two other hikers. Very unique area.
good times. some awesome views. cows were roaming around and horned toads were cool. seemed like the park was a giant grasshopper orgy. millions. and of different species too. watched some cool storms in the distance. breeze on top was awesome
It was hot but we busted out the hike in no time. Had to get down fast to dodge a storm rolling in during the afternoon. Got a flat tire on the drive out. no Fun! Although the country side here is very beautiful!
Unfortunately started the trek at 4:30 pm. It must have been 100 degrees. I was praying for rain. But it was awesome.
Drove here from Mount Magazine, after a quick stop in Oklahoma City. Made it up in about 90minutes. As I reached the marker the sun began to below the surrounding mesa's and I hurried down, getting to my truck right as it got dark. The sunset turned the normally black looking mesas into a dark red color. Drove to Black Mesa state park and camped there for the night.
Hiked in from the parking lot without incident. Started raining on my way down. An enjoyable out-and-back.
Tagged this while in the area. Nice area really, would like to explore more, some day. 4.1 mi in, if they would straighten out the trail, you could save a mile each way. "summitted" with my dog Gypsy!
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?
I'm planning the same trip. Any recomendations on which roads to use from Wheeler to Black Mesa? Any to avoid?