Ascent of Black Mesa High Point on 2019-05-11

Climber: Andrew Kirmse

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 Report

The 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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The steep northern escarpment of Black Mesa, from the Kayenta side (2019-05-11). Photo by Andrew Kirmse.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2608 ft / 794 m
    Total Elevation Loss:400 ft / 121 m
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2608 ft / 794 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2208 ft / 673 m; Extra: 400 ft / 121m
    Loss on way in:400 ft / 121 m
    Distance:8.8 mi / 14.2 km
    Route:Yazzie Trail
    Start Trailhead:5960 ft / 1816 m
    Time:3 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 30 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Andrew Kirmse
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