Ascent of Black Mesa High Point on 2019-05-11
|Others in Party:||David Sanger -- Trip Report or GPS Track|
Dean Gaudet -- Trip Report or GPS Track
----Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Saturday, May 11, 2019|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
|Peak:||Black Mesa High Point|
| Elevation:||8168 ft / 2489 m|
Ascent Trip ReportThe previous day had rained hard, and the forecast for Black Mesa had looked very poor for our planned ascent. When we awoke in Kayenta, however, there were clouds over the mesa and sun elsewhere. We drove the dirt road to just before the first gate, which was open as we arrived, but locked later when we finished. The hike initially avoids a house with some unleashed barking dogs, then starts to climb up a ridge before heading left under the sandstone cliff. It switches back and ascends steeply to the top of the mesa, following switchbacks up the last 400 feet. Travel on top of the mesa is easy. We found a rock cairn with a register in the summit area. Dean and I both finished the Arizona county high points here.
We had initially heard that there are vehicle break-ins in the area, but a local who has climbed Black Mesa many times told us not to be worried. The risk seems low as long as you park outside the gate and off the road.
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