Hike to the highest point in Oklahoma.

Sitting on the northwestern tip of the panhandle, Black Mesa is the highest point in Oklahoma. The trail is 4.2 miles each way, and takes around 4 hours to complete. Marked by mileage signs, the trail is flat for the first several miles, before ascending 600 feet along switchbacks. After you reach the top of the mesa, it is another mile to the granite obelisk that marks the highest point. The obelisk shares how how many miles it is to each neighboring state. The hike is without a doubt, worth the view.

The trail is open year round, but has little to no shade, so it is best to start early and be aware of the weather when doing this hike. There is a parking lot and vault toilet at the trailhead, but no water station.

Be sure to sign the book when you reach the top!

Pack List

  • Backpack
  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Bugspray
  • Camera
  • Trekking poles (optional but helpful)
  • Jacket (optional, depending on weather)
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RT Distance 4.2 Miles
Elevation Gain 800 Feet
Activities Camping, Hiking
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Year Round
Trail Type Out-and-Back


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Easy & Scenic!

About 8 miles round-trip, but practically all on flat ground. The trail begins by looping around the Mesa for a few miles before ascending the couple hundred ft slope. From there it is level all the way to the summit marker. Good scenery the whole way - with lots of chances for wildlife spotting (tarantulas in the evening!) The volcano which formed the igneous rock on Black Mesa (which is where the name comes from) is visible from the summit on a clear day - awesome!

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