Cimarron County Highpoint Trip Report

Black Mesa (4,973 ft)

Date: March 23, 2002
Author: Carl Millsap

This was on a trip home from Missouri. It was a simple hike. I remember thinking how nice it would be to cut straight for the summit instead of following the trail around. Do heed the signs concerning rattlesnakes. I didn't see any but I'm positive there are rattlesnakes in this country. Once upon the mesa, there's still a jaunt to get to the actual summit. It just seems like a long flat hike except for the portion that climbs from the valley floor to the mesa. I enjoyed the stone monument at the summit with distances as the crow flies to outlying states.