|Black Mesa-New Water Mountains Wilderness, AZ|
|Black Mesa-New Water Mountains Wilderness, AZ|| |
Black Mesa-New Water Mountains Wilderness, AZ
|Hiking||5.76 Miles|| 5 Hrs 38 Mns ||2.03 mph|
|1,585 ft AEG|| 2 Hrs 48 Mns Break|
||no linked trail guides|
|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.
|Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost|