Oklahoma High Point - Black Mesa is a 8.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Kenton, Oklahoma that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.
This trail winds through the Black Mesa Nature Preserve in the far reaches of the Oklahoma panhandle. It ends at Oklahoma's high point, at 4,973 feet above sea level. There are great views of the mesas along the way.
I did this almost 15 years ago and for being really young (10) it was quite difficult. Today I don't think it would be very hard. The trail is quite long and the climb to the top of the mesa was somewhat hard. The views were good and the satisfaction of being at the highest point in the state was great too. Watch out for cactus!
Not hard except for a short bit while actually climbing the Mesa. Otherwise it's pretty flat. Easy to follow the trail. It was very windy on top of the Mesa. It's probably not always like this, though We got sand-blasted a little, but the hike was fun, and the view from the top was pretty cool.
Fantastic view from the top. Been up 2 times, once with my son and his Boy Scout troop, and once with a Trail Life USA troop! Great times, and gave the boys one more adventure under their belt!
The trail starts at the Nature Preserve parking lot. You will go past a gate, then follow an old road for a couple of miles. You will then take a few of switch backs and work your way up one of the mesas. Once on the top, you'll follow the trail about a mile to the high point of Oklahoma. The trail is well marked the entire way and has mile-marked benches to let you know your progress. The views on the trail are pretty nice, plus it's nice to check off the high point in another state.