At the border
I decided to put a little trip report on this cuz not many people attempt the south face…via Hwy 40.
After climbing all the ranked 14ers and then the unranked 14ers, and then the Centennials (almost…2 more I plan to finish this summer) I've been thinking of some other things to do. From this site…and other peak bagger friends, I've learned of the "state highpoints."
I'm torn over setting another peak goal after promising my wife I would not set anymore "peak lists." Plus, I already presume I'll never finish this one as I can't imagine I'll ever go after Denali. So….state highpoints?
But what the eh, I've got this trip to Tulsa and I'm driving 12 miles south of the "peak." I'm goin' for it! I know…it's a solo climb and my wife doesn't want me to go on solo climbs, but….I decide to do this one. :-)
I plan an alpine start….leaving from my Monument, CO TH by 6:00am. I'm on the road by 5:50am and I am so glad to have something to "go for" during this 12 hour, butt-throbbing drive to Tulsa.
Heading east from Colorado Springs on highway 94, (then Hwy 287/40) I've never seen so many tumbleweeds in all my life! They are stacked up to the top of the fences all the way to the Kansas border. And with the winds this morning, I'm playing frogger with tumbleweeds coming over the top of the fences all the way to Kansas! (Wish I had pictures.)
Anyway, 3 hours drive and I'm crossing the border into Kansas. (Thank God for a big thermos full of coffee.)
It's only about a mile past (east of) the Colorado/Kansas border (about 2 miles shy (west) of Weskan, KS) and you'll see this:
Glad to see there are signs!
After a failed attempt a year prior to climb the Nebraska highpoint after a winter snow storm, I was really glad to see signs!
This was the view looking north up the County Rd 3 road from Hwy 40.
Looking north up Cty Rd 3
I like these directions!
While it's nice to know the correct directions to this point of "no-where" in "no-mans" land however, it wasn't nice to be fish tailing in a sedan! Watch yourself on this unpaved road.
As the sign showed earlier…just under 11 miles, there is this sign on the right side of the road. Yay…I think were are going to make it to this highpoint.
Once you reach this sign you turn to the west and go about a mile.
Here is the sign I was looking for!
Here is the entrance to the private property for Mt. Sunflower. Turn right or north here for this…
The cattle guard entrance
It's less than a half mile or so up this road to the summit!
the drive up the road
It's been a long, hard climb, but here it is!!!
Say it all...
Elevation above sea level
On the true summit!
I was surprised to see 2 full peak registers. This is a popular summit!
Dorthy, we're not alone here!
Friends have been here.
Added my .02¢ worth
History of land owners.
Someone was a handy/thoughtful welder to make this sunflower!
the view south
the view north
does this summit have views or what?
All in all, I was glad to have climbed this peak. It was certainly worth the effort to go a few miles out of my way…since I was going this way anyhow.
Exploring new locations in God's creation has always been a joy for me. This was no exception.
God is good!