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Black Mesa 8,168 - Navajo County HP, AZ

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Difficulty 3 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance Round Trip 8.3 miles
Trailhead Elevation 6,086 feet
Elevation Gain 2,064 feet
Accumulated Gain 2,318 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 4.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 19.89
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Backpack Possible - Not Popular
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Recalculates 2018-10-24 1:16 pm
23  2018-07-20
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15  2018-03-30
Yazzie Trail
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26  2012-08-11 Jim_H
8  2012-05-30 JuanJaimeiii
20  2011-10-23 Jim_H
35  2011-09-08 Jim_H
Associated Areas
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Navajo Nation Reservation
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Preferred   May, Sep, Oct, Apr → 7 AM
Seasons   Late Spring to Early Autumn
Sun  7:01am - 5:11pm
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Water
Nearby Area Water
The Toes of Kayenta
The Toes of Kayenta
3.8 mi away
2.0 mi
550 ft
Point 6,919 near Marsh Pass
Point 6,919 near Marsh Pass
7.3 mi away
3.1 mi
1,009 ft
Skeleton Mesa
Skeleton Mesa
7.3 mi away
4.5 mi
1,650 ft
Betatakin
Betatakin
15.0 mi away
5.0 mi
Keet Seel
Keet Seel
15.0 mi away
17.0 mi
2,000 ft
Navajo National Monument Campground
Navajo National Monument Campground
15.1 mi away
Aspen Trail - Betatakin
15.1 mi away
0.9 mi
338 ft
Sandal Trail - Betatakin Overlook
Sandal Trail - Betatakin Overlook
15.1 mi away
1.1 mi
205 ft
Canyon View Trail - Betatakin
15.1 mi away
0.7 mi
38 ft
Wildcat Trail - Monument Valley
Wildcat Trail - Monument Valley
22.9 mi away
3.2 mi
300 ft
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Monumental Valley View
by johnr1

Stay off private property. Property is not marked by fences. Locals are not happy with hikers. Absolutely do not approach any water tower, any home or any structure period. If you see people in the distance within a half mile of any house run(away) for your life. Due to vandalism and safety issues HAZ does not recommend this hike period!



The four corners area is a long drive for a Phoenix day hiker but the view from the top of Black Mesa is spectacular when the time of year and weather are right. I was fortunate to have a perfect day when the temperature was mild, there had been recent rain clearing the air but not leaving impassible mud and the winter rains had left a carpet of green plants throughout Monument valley. This is definitely a hike for the photographers as the views of the valley start early and just get better as you climb the trail up to the top of the Mesa. Placed boldly on the green carpet are the red sandstone monuments jutting out of the floor into the deep blue sky sprinkled with fluffy clouds. You cant see as far as you can from the top of Humphries, but you can see a lot more.

Be very careful accessing this area. Stay a quarter of a mile away from any home. Each trail follows a gentle dirt ridge and they come together about one half mile towards the mesa. Then the single trail follows the top of a single ridge towards the mountain. There is an interesting stretch where the ridge narrows to about 10 feet with interesting steep views to each side. There is a trail junction about 1 mile from the junction. Go left and follow the well marked trail. The only confusion is that it is somewhat overgrown in places which requires a bit of bushwhacking. The trail runs through a lot of shade and the views of the valley are frequent. The steep part of the trail starts as a big switchback and gets progressively steeper with shorter legs to the switchbacks until finally it pops over the top at N36 39.114 W110 16.715. Kayenta point is about a quarter mile south west but the actual summit is about 0.8 miles east along the mesa rim at N36 39.086 W110 15.784 at an altitude of 8168 feet. There is no trail to the summit but it is a nice walk in the relatively open woods. Reverse course to the beginning.

This is a hike that should be done when it is dry and spring or fall. During the summer it is hot and subject to afternoon thunder storms so it is best to start early when the air is calm, clear and free of lightning. Also, I would not try to drive the dirt roads in the rain unless you want to try out your mud tires, 4WD and high clearance vehicle.

johnr1
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    Navajo Nation Reservation
    HAZ recommends reviewing Permits & Services to determine access. Better yet call them to verify if a permit is currently necessary for destination.


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    To hike
    Stay off private property. Property is not marked by fences. Locals are not happy with hikers. Absolutely do not approach any water tower, any home or any structure period. If you see people in the distance within a half mile of any house run(away) for your life. Due to vandalism and safety issues HAZ does not recommend this hike period!


    Drive north on I17 to Flagstaff. Take 89A north towards Page. Secure a pass for $5 per day at the visitor center in Cameron which is open Monday through Friday. Then continue about 14 miles north on 89 to highway 160. Follow 160 to Kayenta. Turn right (south) at the traffic light, then about 1/8 mile past cattle guard turn right onto dirt road. Follow dirt road towards but not to a pair of visible brown(green as of May 2012) water tanks with small green tank. Study the posted route. Stay a quarter mile away from any home. Do not approach the water towers, any home or any established structure.
    page created by johnr1 on Jun 14 2009 7:28 pm
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