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2019-01-17  
Black Mesa-New Water Mountains Wilderness, AZ
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Black Mesa-New Water Mountains Wilderness, AZ 
Black Mesa-New Water Mountains Wilderness, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 17 2019
FLYING_FLIVER
Hiking5.76 Miles 1,585 AEG
Hiking5.76 Miles   5 Hrs   38 Mns   2.03 mph
1,585 ft AEG   2 Hrs   48 Mns Break
 
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This 'Black Mesa' is in the far NW part of the New Water Mountains Wilderness, just south of Quartzsite. For well over a century, the activity of choice in this area appears to have been mining and prospecting. There are mines (mostly prospects) all over the place.
In fact, I hiked a very tired 'prospect road' to get closer to the mesa. I then used a drainage up to the top.

The drainage was filled with vegetation, huge black boulders, and had many ponds of water from a recent rain. When I got bored with boulder hopping, I plowed through mostly non-sticky plant life. Once on top, It was an easy benchmark find.

This Black Mesa is about 1 mile long, and over 1/2 mile wide.

The mesa is rather featureless.
In fact, from the Black Mesa benchmark, right in the middle of the mesa, the N/E/S/W views are all the same. Without features, (and without a compass), you could easily get lost in broad daylight.

Surveyors set the Black Mesa Azimuth mark right on the vertical edge. There are very nice views from there.

It's a bit of a drive to this wilderness area, but I know of a couple mountains nearby that want me to climb them. They're lonely for visitors.
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