Mount Sunflower Climber's Log

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McCannster

McCannster - Sep 14, 2008 7:00 pm Date Climbed: Sep 14, 2008

WTF???  Sucess!

Yup, solo trip out here to Podunk. I left Boulder at 8am with my bud's car on loan and drove all the way out there by my lonesome. No trouble finding the mighty peak, spent about 45 mins on top, then did a backflip off of one of the dead tree stumps, a la my trip to Panorama Point. Highpoint #3! Returned to Boulder at 4pm. Paying for gas was kind of a bitch, but hey, "live a little!"

psquier - Aug 5, 2008 9:29 pm Date Climbed: Aug 3, 2008

Mt Sunflower  Sucess!

New meaning to the term "drive-up". Neat display at the site. My GPS put us on a shortcut there, but we ended up traveling down a lot of dirt roads. Be prepared to seriously tickle your car's underbelly on the dirt roads in the area. No stores are nearby so gas/food/water up before.

mlandau3

mlandau3 - Jul 21, 2008 2:32 am Date Climbed: Jul 18, 2008

Last Highpoint On This Trip

Definitely whimsical. It was spooky driving back to I70 after dark (especially after driving through a big mud puddle - ugh).

dwhike

dwhike - Jul 14, 2008 12:13 pm Date Climbed: Jun 28, 2008

All Alone...  Sucess!

First trip out to the high plains and couldn't help but being struck by how alone we were out there. Just rolling fields in all directions...a strange beauty about it. Loved it!

RyanTaro76 - Mar 5, 2008 2:14 pm Date Climbed: Oct 17, 2007

Drive-Up Summit  Sucess!

You park and walk the last 50 yards. An odd, barren place but nice as it was at sunset. Spitting distance from the Colorado Border.

jimegan

jimegan - Feb 7, 2008 12:34 pm Date Climbed: Jul 11, 2004

MT SUNFLOWER  Sucess!

SLEPT IN THE PASTURE NEAR THE CATTLEGUARD AFTER DOING WHEELER PK AND BLACK MESA EARLIER IN THE DAY. MADE A MOUNTAINEERING START BEFORE SUNUP WITH A HERD OF COWS TO GREET ME

wildfam

wildfam - Jan 26, 2008 2:19 pm Date Climbed: Jul 10, 2006

Great Monument  Sucess!

Loved the monument on top - kudos to the owners. All in all a pretty good view of some wide open land. HP #8.

I like it on top

I like it on top - Jan 20, 2008 11:54 pm Date Climbed: Jan 20, 2008

Unique  Sucess!

Sunny, Windy, and Cold. That's what's expected in January. A different highpoint but nice none the less.

shknbke

shknbke - Nov 27, 2007 11:01 am

via south ridge  Sucess!

At the request of my friend Karen, I have to log my mighty Mt Sunflower ascent. My wife and I did this one on the way back from my graduation from grad school at Regis Univ in Denver. This was at the time our home state and the trip spawned our move to CO! Nice sunflower made out of railroad spikes and a register to boot. This is one of the funner ones in the Midwest.

ktiffany22

ktiffany22 - Nov 26, 2007 11:43 pm Date Climbed: Nov 25, 2007

What a hoot!  Sucess!

State highpoint #3... out of pure respect for our state highpointer friend Kevin (as well as curiousness about why he does this), we veered off of I-70 at the border, stopped at a farmer's house to ask how to get there, and away we went! "Bluebird day" for this "silly" yet intriguing and fun "summit." :-)

HokieJim

HokieJim - Nov 26, 2007 3:08 pm Date Climbed: Nov 25, 2007

State HP #3  Sucess!

A bluebird day indeed, we could see for miles. Definitely the highlight of our 8.5-hr drive back to Colorado Springs from Topeka.

eric-griz

eric-griz - Nov 9, 2007 8:14 pm Date Climbed: Apr 17, 2003

Why's it in a cage?  Sucess!

Stopped by on a whirlwind trip of the usual tourist fare in Kansas, Oklahoma, and Eastern Colorado.

weeds19

weeds19 - Sep 27, 2007 10:19 am Date Climbed: May 31, 2003

Last One  Sucess!

This was the last highpoint on an 11 state HPing trip. It's awefully peaceful out there in western KS.

Redwic

Redwic - Sep 10, 2007 12:21 am Date Climbed: Sep 8, 2007

Morning Fog...  Sucess!

Although thick morning fog ruined the potential views around the area, I really enjoyed visiting this state highpoint. A lot of thought went into the construction of the landmark; I liked the mailbox, metal sunflower, and tombstone/remembrance stone. Several wild pheasants were roaming around the country roads.

Tie-Dye Mike

Tie-Dye Mike - Aug 15, 2007 4:23 pm Date Climbed: Mar 11, 2007

Mountains in KS  Sucess!

Other than the incredibly muddy roads for miles (it rained 2 inches the night before and 4x4 was necessary!) Took my 70 year old Grandfather with me, his first HP, my 8th. I'm convinced the hill with the farm on it to the west is actually higher!!! But that would technically be CO. Next drove to Black Mesa, OK.

chilkoot

chilkoot - Aug 6, 2007 11:35 pm Date Climbed: Jul 30, 2007

Sunflower sunset  Sucess!

Thanks to the landowners for making this highpoint accessible to us all. With sweeping views across the plaing in all directions and a cattle-proof picnic shelter, this is an ideal place to watch the sunset.

TLP

TLP - Jul 23, 2007 5:14 pm Date Climbed: Jul 17, 2007

there really are sunflowers  Sucess!

Yes there really are sunflowers all over the roads leading to this place. I was telling my cousin this, and she says, duh Kansas is nicknamed the sunflower state. Oh. right. All the gravel roads made the car dirty as heck, but it wasn't my car, ha ha. Not a lot to say about this one. One more highpoint in the books.

Zandt

Zandt - Jun 25, 2007 2:17 pm Date Climbed: Jun 20, 2007

Second on the day, fifth overall  Sucess!

Second highpoint for the day (did Panorama Point in the morning). Really pretty drive between the two, and I really appreciated the landowners' effort in maintaining such a little sanctuary.

2skinners - Jun 22, 2007 5:58 am Date Climbed: Jun 20, 2007

HP #6 (3 of 4 in 3 days)  Sucess!

Although not very impressive in the climbing realm. Actually, nonexistent in the climbing realm, this highpoint is very well maintained by the owner of the property and is kind of fun to see. Regardless of it's effort to reach, it is a highpoint nonetheless and is just as important as the hardest high points to reach if you are aiming for all 50. I did this one the same day as Black Mesa, OK.

huskertriguy

huskertriguy - May 29, 2007 4:40 pm Date Climbed: Jan 15, 2006

Fueled by Caffeine & Sunflower Seeds  Sucess!

Became frustrated with muddy gravel roads in my little Hyundai, but worth it to bag the state highpoint. Parked at entry, watched sunset, signed register. Fun developments by landowner. Kansas is definitely flatter than Nebraska.

No one around for miles, great to have that silence and solitude.

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