Oklahoma Highpoint Trail is a 8.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Kenton, NM that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
From Kenton, Oklahoma, travel a short distance east on Highway 325 and make a left (north) at the sign for the Black Mesa State Preserve. (If you are coming from the east as we did, travel west on Highway 325 from Boise City, OK. The preserve turnoff will be on your right (north). If you reach Kenton, you have gone too far.) Travel five miles and make a left into the trailhead parking lot - a sign on the road also reads Black Mesa Preserve.
A nice quiet trail, easy at the bottom, moderate incline at mile 3, easier incline near the top. The surrounding landscape has a true old west feel. Best in the spring and fall.
Other than being the Oklahoma high point, there isn't really anything to recommend this trail . Much of the trail up to the plateau is on an old road. Hiking is easy, watch out for rattle snakes in the warmer months.
The Black Mesa trail itself is pretty easy. There are three benches, with back rests, that mark the first three miles of the trail. The hardest [if you can call it that] part of the trail is between miles 2 to just past mile 3, as that is on an incline. This part of the trail was at one point a road but has not been maintained. There are quite a few boulders, rocks and ruts in the trail. No vehicle would be able to pass currently and you should watch your footing. Once a the top of the mesa the trail is pretty easy and views are incredible. There is a fourth bench at the top near the monument.
I was the only hiker on the trail that day.
I actually did several Capulin Volcano hikes earlier and decided to do Black Mesa since I was in the general area.
After leaving Capulin, I went north to Folsom then got on 456 east to Kenton. Part of the road is an unpaved dirt road. On a wet, rainy day this would make for a messy trip, you might even get stuck. But it had been quite dry for me so it was an easy 1.5 hour drive.
After finishing the trail and returning to the lot, I drove back towards Kenton but then took 406 south to Clayton/Rt 64 and then headed west to Raton.