Our very first family highpoint! It was a nice day with long views. Highpoint #1.
The giant sunflower and creative summit register make it worth the effort to get to the top of this state high point.
Second highpoint of the day, #18 for me. "Mount" Sunflower...gotta love it.
Easy drive all the way to the marker.
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.
Windy but sunny with clear skies. Nice picnic bench and marker. Extremely flat, but otherwise a nice HP.
My third state highpoint. The owners have gone to some trouble to make the long drive worth it.
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.
yet another highpoint . . . 5 down and 45 more to go
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.
Loved it! The view, the wind, the high plains, and that funky marker make this one very whimsical and fun.
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!
Not much of a walk.
Actually, pretty cool. Best part was trying to get air on the rolling dirt roads in my scooby.
First high point by car and family cat.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.