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kozRoute Climbed: Ummm...the road Date Climbed: June 3, 2003  Sucess!


Second highpoint of the day, #18 for me. "Mount" Sunflower...gotta love it.
Posted Jan 3, 2006 12:06 am

chmoore577Route Climbed: Drive-up Date Climbed: October 2, 2005  Sucess!


Easy drive all the way to the marker.
Posted Oct 21, 2005 2:09 pm

woodstriderRoute Climbed: Drive up Date Climbed: Sept 6, 2005  Sucess!


Well, I drove all the way to the summit in my midsize compact rental car. The sun was setting and I wished to hang out, but I noticed that two truck were parked at the cattle guard (and I had the distinct impression that they were waiting to make sure that I left), so I stayed only a short while. (Sure enough, as I got into my car they started to drive off.)

On the summit is a picnic table with a covering above and a fence around it. A great place to get away from cattle and sun.

There are few trees in this area that are not growing around the homes or along the creeks, so all is very exposed. You can see several homes around "Mount" Sunflower, including the owners home, and they can see you.

This is a greta place for Bird watching, and there are lots of birds of prey.

Thanks to the owners for allowing strangers to come onto their property.
Posted Sep 14, 2005 2:46 pm

starship_jenDate Climbed: June 1, 2005  Sucess!


Windy but sunny with clear skies. Nice picnic bench and marker. Extremely flat, but otherwise a nice HP.
Posted Aug 4, 2005 11:55 pm

gruntDate Climbed: October 2002  Sucess!


My third state highpoint. The owners have gone to some trouble to make the long drive worth it.
Posted Jun 17, 2005 1:33 pm

marcminishRoute Climbed: Parking lot traverse Date Climbed: 02/15/2003  Sucess!


You've got to be kidding me? Somebody went to the trouble of creating a Mt. Sunflower page. [shaking head] Even worse, I've gone to the trouble of signing the summit log.
Posted Jun 10, 2005 5:10 pm

ChaddBraggRoute Climbed: Normal Drive up Date Climbed: 5/28/05  Sucess!
yet another highpoint . . . 5 down and 45 more to go
Posted Jun 2, 2005 12:14 am

mtsptfamRoute Climbed: The only one I'm aware of to drive up Date Climbed: August 6, 2004  Sucess!


My wife and I drove here after summiting Mt. Humphreys in AZ. Another "high-point" down. Was amazed at how many other people had been there that day. The view was unique and grand in a different way. God is so diverse in His creation.
Posted May 25, 2005 10:55 am

IlafanDate Climbed: June 2000  Sucess!


Loved it! The view, the wind, the high plains, and that funky marker make this one very whimsical and fun.
Posted Apr 3, 2005 5:09 pm

Tbacon251Route Climbed: The only one Date Climbed: Feb. 23, 2005  Sucess!


That was the most strenuous climb that I have ever experienced in all of my expeditions. No, really....had a great time. One more high point down!
Posted Feb 28, 2005 4:10 pm

Steve GruhnDate Climbed: August 7, 1992  Sucess!
Not much of a walk.
Posted Jan 30, 2005 5:34 pm

petersbikeRoute Climbed: From the south Date Climbed: October 15 2004  Sucess!


Actually, pretty cool. Best part was trying to get air on the rolling dirt roads in my scooby.
Posted Oct 29, 2004 6:37 pm

MtnWomanRoute Climbed: southeast route Date Climbed: July 15, 2003  Sucess!


First high point by car and family cat.
Posted Oct 15, 2004 1:00 am

GarethRoute Climbed: South Face Dirt Road Date Climbed: June 29, 2004  Sucess!


I was in the immediate area so I stopped to take a few pictures. A highlight was seeing the great state of Colorado from the summit.
Posted Jul 2, 2004 11:54 am

GarethRoute Climbed: South Face Dirt Road Date Climbed: June 7, 2004  Sucess!


I finally made it to the top of Kansas! Summited in the early evening. The top was very windy, windier than the top of Longs Peak! One thing you can see from Mount Sunflower is the fine state of Colorado (which lies just over a fence-line). Delightful place, it’s wide open and fairly isolated. For all that people make fun of Kansas, I like the western part thereof. The High Planes of western Kansas are honest; they don’t try to be anything that they are not.

The next day I went to the Monument Rocks and did a little free climbing/scrambling on the rather crumbly limestone. The day after I went to Castle Rock and did a little Canyoneering and bouldering. Believe it or not, I actually found an ascendable chimney in Kansas; it was pretty chalky but fun!

Posted Jun 9, 2004 7:33 pm

CharlesDRoute Climbed: Standard south face Date Climbed: July 15, 2003  Sucess!


Wow. I hadn't expected to be impressed by this 'mountain', but it's really impressive. Desolate, windy, and very lonely. Not obviously a mountain, but still very aesthetically pleasing. Just the approach (done by car, mind you) was pleasantly exotic to this transplaning easterner.
Posted Mar 21, 2004 5:45 pm

ChrisRoute Climbed: Direct South Face Couloir Date Climbed: May 2000  Sucess!


Whew... this was a hard one. Thank goodness we brought ice axes, bivy gear, and a detailed route topo. :-)

At least this highpoint is actually close to a major interstate (I-70), and the view is nice, by Kansas standards.
Posted Mar 21, 2004 2:47 pm

hgrapidRoute Climbed: main (dirt) roads Date Climbed: 2/22/2002  Sucess!


Unlike Panarama Point, you have no chance of seeing other mountains from the top of Mt. Sunflower. Kansas is flat as a pancake. Still, I liked the dry dirt roads that led me to the isolated summit. The early evening was pretty clear. I was moving to Colorado, so I put my stuff in my hotel room in Goodland, Kansas, and took the car for a 35 mile or so drive to the summit.
Posted Mar 5, 2004 10:39 am

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