Ascent of Black Mesa High Point on 2012-05-19
|Others in Party:||BMS 914|
|Date:||Saturday, May 19, 2012|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
|Peak:||Black Mesa High Point|
| Elevation:||8168 ft / 2489 m|
Ascent Trip ReportPlease note that to hike legally in the Navajo Nation, one must purchase hiking passes ($5 per person per day) see http://navajonationparks.org/permits.htm
To get to this trailhead requires some routefinding and some luck, as the local property owner may lock the gate a mile before the water towers. If the gate is unlocked be sure to stop at the house to let them know you are hiking and to request they not lock you in. The person we met was very friendly and accommodating.
From the trailhead, there is an obvious trail starting beyond the house between the trailhead and the mesa. This trail goes to the summit plateau. From there there are some faint use trails, but mostly one is on one's own. Fortunately, it is good terrain with little elevation gain and not too much brush.
Finding the summit cairn and register can take some time as the summit area is large and flat. While there are no views from the actual summit, great views are easily available with a quick stroll to the tops of the cliffs at the edges of the plateau.
I feel compelled to mention, as mentioned in Dennis Poulin's trip report, the campgrounds at Navajo National Monument are THE place to camp in the area- beautiful sites, running water, heated restrooms, and FREE!
|Summary Total Data|
| Elevation Gain:||2148 ft / 654 m|
| Extra Gain:||50 ft / 15 m|
| Distance:||8 mi / 12.9 km|
| Trailhead:||Water towers 6120 ft / 1865 m|
| Quality:||2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Unmaintained Trail, Open Country|
| Gear Used:||Ski Poles|
| Time Up:||2 Hours 30 Minutes|
| Time Down:||1 Hours 30 Minutes|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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