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Black Mesa 8,168 - Navajo County HP
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Black Mesa 8,168 - Navajo County HP, AZ
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Northeast, AZ
 
Hiking9.00 Miles   4 Hrs   45 Mns    1.89 mph
2,400 ft AEG   
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A perfect day to hike this. Since moving I've been overwhelmed with things to do and really haven't been hiking. I'm glad I got this in, because the warm fall weather may soon be at an end. As it was, I had to force my self to go out, but once I did I was glad, and I enjoyed a perfect day. The views were better than my first time in September, but not as good as my half-way hike a couple of weeks ago. I could see brown haze to the east blocking clear views of the La Plata sub-range. Probably from the 4 corners coal plants.

Overall, the trail is not the attraction. In fact, it's pretty bad in some spots. Braided and confusing in some areas, and poorly defined in others. Steep and loose in the upper parts, and rocky and eroded in others. The summit isn't much either. In fact, I think I went right over the highpoint, but never even noticed. According to the posted GPS tracks, I went over it when going to a view spot on the east side. I noticed a small cairn on a rock, and that might have been it, but it was nothing impressive. Even the mesa top, for a scenic as it is, isn't really worth the effort of the trail.

The real attraction are the views. They aren't 360 degrees, but they are impressive. Not as good as 2 weeks ago 1000 feet lower, but I could still see pretty far. Lots to look at up there, and while I won't be hiking this very often, I still plan to get out from time to time to enjoy those spectacular views. Most impressive are the Skeleton Mesa area, the Henry and Abajo Mountains, and the variously eroded terrain in the area. Really nice in a setting sun, too.
Autumn Foliage Observation Isolated
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Let it SNOW!!! above 5500'.
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