Ascent of Black Mesa on 2010-08-14

Climber: Peter Stone

Others in Party:Jill Stone
Twm Stone
David Stone
Ceri Stone
Patrick Stone
Date:Saturday, August 14, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Black Mesa
    Elevation:4973 ft / 1515 m

Ascent Trip Report

Part of a family vacation and grand tour of Texas, state high points and the Rockies.

Oklahoma is more interesting than you might think!

We approached from Boise City, OK to the east, following OK-325 W towards Kenton. After 35 miles we turned north (right) onto a blacktop road marked "Colorado" and a further 5 miles to the Black Mesa Nature Preserve parking area on the west (left) of the road. Black Mesa is the black rock-capped formation southwest of the parking area. There are informative maps and posters at the trailhead, just the other side of the wire fence.

The trail is easy to follow with green steel arrow signs at regular intervals. The route mainly parallels or even joins a Jeep track. A very interesting hike in arid conditions with vegetation and wildlife more redolent of Texas than the Prairies. We were particularly fascinated by the wide variety of insects and the Texas horned lizards. 4.2 miles each way and very hot!

Stopped off at Kenton Mercantile afterwards (“The Merc”, run by an interesting couple originally from Wales) to replenish our supplies of drink and were supplied with "Certified Cimarron County, Oklahoma, Black Mesa High-Pointer" certificates at the same time.

Drove on to New Mexico for a late afternoon ascent of Capulin Volcano, gaining an hour by crossing from Central to Mountain Time zones.
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Obelisk, benchmark, ammo box (with summit register) and koala on the top of Oklahoma (2010-08-14). Photo by Peter Stone.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:775 ft / 236 m
    Trailhead:Black Mesa Nature Preserve parking lot  4198 ft / 1279 m
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Clear

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