Ascent of Black Mesa on 2011-05-07

Climber: Richard Oestreicher

Date:Saturday, May 7, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Black Mesa
    Elevation:4973 ft / 1515 m

Ascent Trip Report

A well maintained trail through scenic desert mesas--one of my favorite state high points so far among those that are not major mountains. The first two miles are nearly flat, less than 100 feet of elevation gain. After that the trail climbs slowly for a bit more than a quarter mile, and then steeply for slightly less than a mile. About 80% of the total elevation gain is in this grade. After that the last piece (slightly less than a mile) is again nearly flat. My only criticism is that the trail seems to meander a bit more than necessary. On the way down I followed GPS headings to my way points and cut nearly 0.6 mi. from the distance (with a few extra feet of elevation gain over a small rise).
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:720 ft / 219 m
    Distance:8 mi / 12.9 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Weather:hot andf sunny
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:720 ft / 219 m
    Extra Loss:60 ft / 18 m
    Distance:4.3 mi / 6.9 km
    Trailhead:4313 ft / 1314 m
    Time Up:1 Hours 27 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Distance:3.7 mi / 5.9 km
    Time Down:1 Hours 16 Minutes

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