What a climb, I tell ya what
After being chased off of private property attempting to do a county high point in Colorado earlier in the day, this was a lovely consolation prize. State high point number six for me! Mount Sunflower was a beautiful place to be, isolated from other folks during a global pandemic.
Nothing but peace at this highpoint!
The owners of this highpoint do a great job of making it fun. I enjoyed it.
The way was well-marked. Highpoint is on private property. Bring a beer and leave it in the register box for the landowner.
Landed in Denver for a week vacation in Estes Park, and I was like, let's take a small 6-hour roundtrip detour to Kansas. Wife and family were not happy. Fun times though!
Visited this one with my wife, Lori (her 4rd state HP) after visiting Panorama Point, Nebraska earlier in the day.
Got there right before sunrise. Actually a neat quiet place.
The last HP of a 16 highpoint trip!
Took advantage of a delayed flight and made the day drive from Denver to nab this state highpoint.
Farmlands, fields, crops... however you want to describe this HP. I enjoyed it though!
Got tour from landowner of 4th generation
This was the first highpoint I did with my Dad. We left in the morning from Denver and made it back about eight hours later. A long, boring drive on the interstate and twenty two unpaved miles down a farming road past two signs leads you to this bare mound in farm country. Did see some horned larks at the summit, which was kind of cool. We took some pictures but what you see is mostly what you get. My Dad's first highpoint, thirty two for me.
Close to CO,where I lived so hit that up in a days drive
Welp, I'll never have to visit Kansas again. There truly isn't anyplace like home. I imagine the storm cells and sunsets are gorgeous here, though.
3rd highpoint, easy spot to get to with great views of the plains
long with Black Mesa in Ok and a few others.
Did this highpoint on our way to Colorado. The dirt roads seemed to take forever, but the highpoint was very nice and enjoyable. We had lunch at the covered picnic table there.
On my way to Colorado, I wanted to stop and bag this easy-peasy state highpoint. The difficulty lies not in the ascent, but in finding the correct road to turn down after your cell service cuts off and Google Maps isn't working anymore (or maybe you have a different provider than me, or maybe you were smart and saved an offline version of the map to your phone). Anyway, Mt. Sunflower is about 11 miles up a dirt road very near the Kansas-Colorado border. Fortunately, we saw a couple of brown point-of-interest signs that let us know we were on the right track, plus some brown metal sunflowers to let us know we were almost there. I can see why some people would be tempted to skip this one, but don't! It's not that far from I-70, and it's actually very unique and you can see that people have put effort into the marker and the area around it to make it interesting. Some cool things about Mt. Sunflower are that the marker is located on a private cattle ranch and the owners are nice enough to let people come onto their property; there is a free little library with a collection of books and a place to sit by the marker; the mailbox with the highpoint registers is full of random stuff and covered in neat stickers; the metal sunflowers are pretty great; the area is quite peaceful and serene; and you can see for what seems like miles and miles from the marker. Definitely makes for a cool prairie panorama camera shot!
"Beautiful desolation" is how I described this high point to my friends. You get there, and there's nothing but you, the display, and the emptiness...