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...
Dicey in places, but I achieved the summit!
A long way from home, Mount Sunflower was a must see for Chris and I on our State High Point Road Trip to Taos, NM. Enjoyed seeing the Free Little Library and a shady little spot to sit. We left a nice cold Black Butte Porter in the Mailbox. Next stop will be Black Mesa, Ok.
I'm not really a highpointer but I wanted to visit this out of the way place on a little weekend roadtrip. This place has its own beauty and I am glad to have visited. Off to OK to hike Black Mesa next.
I was planning to do this right around sunrise before thunderstorms were predicted to hit later in the day. Unfortunately it began to rain lightly at 1 AM and not wanting to take any chances with the road getting muddy, I immediately set out to get to the highpoint. Made it to the monument a 3 AM, with it windy, foggy, dark, and rainy. After 5 minutes, I moved on out.
Super freaking foggy and cloudy. Drizzly and cold. Only one there with no view (no surprise). Hiked across the ranch to tag the State Line HP. Actually needed GPS in order to not get lost.
The flash of rain which came a couple hours south of Mt. Sunflower did not make it to the dirt roads, thank goodness. We passed many fields of sunflowers coming and going from Mt. Sunflower, which was quite fitting.
The owners added a Free Public Library under a covered area next to the highpoint. Cool idea!
Registration box is full of hats, t-shirts, and other gifts. We added a Threadgill's shirt for Austin, Texas. Fun stop.
Visited this great HP with Kate on the way to Steve's wedding in Colorado later this same day. We loved the tiny library at the summit!
On the way back from doing Devil's Tower a 2nd time.
Seriously ... Part of a three state Memorial Day vacation "dash." Came in from the north (Kanorado) and even with a Jeep just about went into the ditch twice due to the "gumbo" on the roads. The area had received almost 3" of rain the 2 days before and made the N-S travel close to impossible on the dirt roads. Spent $15 hosing the mud off the car in the next town. Crazy but true! Kudos to the guy on his bike that had ridden from Flagstaff, AZ.
Drive up in a rental Hyundai on the way out to visit friends in Kentucky
The air was thin but we were tough.
One of the tougher summits in Kansas. Thankful that I made it up
The roads were good down the dirt road to Mt. Sunflower, but it was cold and windy. Despite this being a relatively flat summit, the vast expanse of the surrounding plains is pretty amazing for someone from the East like me. I would recommend if you're going through Kansas to make the stop.
Clear day and a deserted high point.
Interesting "High Point"! Glad I went
Arrived 1.5 hrs after sunset. Strong wind made for a chilly "climb". Google's gps was right on, took some nice pics in the dark but didn't linger due to the biting cold. Lots of UFOs in the sky
Nice day drive out from Golden CO. I blew it and used my truck's GPS system for directions rather than the Summitpost beta. A little more scenic than I planned! Barbed wire fence gates and cows!
If I recall this one was in the middle of nowhere but the spot was marked with a cool metal sunflower.