This was a truly remarkable place. The shades of color on the winter plains were in constant flux, changing with the motions of the clouds.
After flying into Denver, we detoured east to visit the Kansas highpoint before heading back west to Leadville and Mount Elbert. It looked like some deer had bedded down the night before in the tall grass around the monument, and some cows had made a special effort to poop near the picnic table. HP23
Believe it or not but of my 13 HPs this might be about my 5th favorite or so. Not because there were any lofty views but I really enjoyed the long views over the sloping land. The isolation is the best part. If you're still and listen you can only hear the wind. So relaxing. The surrounding area isn't as flat as people make it sound. If you take the approach road from the south it's a hilly up & down drive until just before you reach the HP.
agree to all of it
On the way to Colorado we took a detour from I70 to hit the Kansas high point. Nice day, sunny and breezy. Had some lunch and chatted with ham radio enthusiasts as they set up camp to talk to climbers hitting the nearby 14ers.
After a stiff 10m hike to the top of this lofty summit, we summitted around 9AM MST and spent 20 minutes enjoying the summit register, quirky sunflower monument, and the vast, expansive views of the Great Plains. A unique beauty for sure.
Sweeping vistas of the surrounding fields for over 10 miles in most directions (except southwest). Ham radio fanatics preparing for a hamfest with climbers in Colorado's front range.
Walked across the gravel rounabout to the summit. Had a beer and some lunch at the picnic table. Woohoo!
We drove. I nursed at the summit. It was a new nursing-altitude record for me.
While moving from Chicago to Seattle, we drove across the county and stopped here as our two-plus year blitz of state highpoints drew to a close. It was our 29th state highpoint in 27 months. Our move from United Air Lines to Boeing marked the end of our quick and cheap travel around the US and thus the continuation of the project was at a pace of more like 1 per year rather than one per month. I completed my 49 state high points. in June, 2009.
Very easy to find, and easy to drive up to, especially if you have a Hummer! HP #18!
The top of Kansas was a more magical place than I could have imagined. There may not have been a wizard, but it definitely felt like the land of Oz. I was off the beaten path, but a beautiful place to see with my beautiful family.
Tagged Mount Sunflower on the way out of Kansas - after living there for a year. It (the state) was nice, but flat! The HP - it was quite nice, and also flat.
We decided to drive all of the way back to Wisconsin after climbing Black Mesa in Oklahoma so we hit Mt. Sunflower at 10:30 at night. Took some pictures and signed the register. Drove on to Panorama Point in Nebraska. I will always wonder what the view is like from this highpoint. HP #41.
Climbed into the "Thick Air" of Kansas the day after Elbert. Quite the scenery change for my 2nd Highpoint, but still fun in it's own way.
Second highpoint with kids, even brought hubby along this time :-) Far different experience from Guadalupe Peak! Missed the challenge, but enjoyed reading the log and notes from owners. Moved on to Colorado, lots of snow - can't wait for Mt. Elbert next year!
Stopped by on the way out west. Rough dirt roads leading there. Views are pretty good at the summit. A herd of cattle joined me on the summit.
Did this one solo in winter
Flew into Denver and rented a car with Zscapes for 2 days of highpointing. We visited Mt Sunflower on Sept 27th and Black Mesa on Sept 28th. We had perfect weather and both "summits" to ourselves.
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!"
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.