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Ascent of Black Mesa High Point on 2019-06-26

Climber: Mat Kelliher

Others in Party:Tanya Roton
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Black Mesa High Point
    Location:USA-Arizona
    Elevation:8168 ft / 2489 m

Ascent Trip Report

***Private Outing***

A couple of weeks prior to heading out to AZ, I followed the directions Dean Gaudet has posted with his trip report here on peakbagger.com to get our wilderness permit to enter Navajo land. Nice and easy doing the online method with no permit pickup required, and Dean's directions are spot on. One thing is that I wasn't sure which of two days we'd actually be doing this ascent, so I bought a permit for two days; I could have saved myself $6.50 though, because the permit was good for four or five days.

Plenty wise now from our way-too-hot summit of Hualapai Pk two days earlier, Tanya and started this one at 5:00am AZ time (6:00am Navajo time). Not hard to do because the drive in from our hotel in Kayenta only took about 10 minutes. Rather than driving to the water tanks and risk getting locked in, we parked just outside the gate and walked up to the tanks from there. No attention at all from any of the residents up to the tanks. We aroused several dogs that live at the ranch just SW of the tanks, so we got off the road before getting there and started working our way over to the eastern finger of the long ridge that extends perpendicular to the main mesa. The trail is a bit vague here and there, but it pretty much just follows the spine of the ridges all the way up to the base of the mesa. Once at the mesa the trail is easy to follow as it switchbacks steeply up to the top. Up on top of the mesa there's a picnic table and the views up there are amazing. The trip over to the High Point takes a bit longer than it seems it should, mostly because of the need to alter your route to move around the vegetation up there. After signing the register at the high point we made our way back to the picnic table and then continued southwest to tag the benchmark. It was cool and real windy up top, but it started heating up on our way down. Once we were off the mesa and working our way down the perpendicular ridge, the temp had climbed up into the 90's, the wind had stopped, and we were treated to a baking hot slog out.

10.9 miles with 3,200' gain and 8.0 hours for the round trip including Kayenta BM.
Summary Total Data
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
    Weather:Hot, Windy, Clear
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Mat Kelliher
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