Ascent of Mount Sunflower on 2014-03-22

Climber: Dennis Stewart

Others in Party:Marshall Stewart
Date:Saturday, March 22, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Summit:Car
Peak:Mount Sunflower
    Elevation:4039 ft / 1231 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was my 6th time visiting the highest point in Kansas. My son, Marshall, was with me. He was making his second visit. We were on a quest to visit the 13 highest named summits in Kansas and a few Kansas county high points on this trip. Although we had both visited Mount Sunflower before, we could not resist passing by so close without stopping. This state high point has had a long tradition of welcoming visitors thanks to Ed Harold, the landowner. The Harold Family was welcoming visitors long before state highpointing became a "bucket list" of so many people. The family has continued to make improvements to this site and seem to enjoy receiving the hundreds of guests they entertain, who share the obsession of state or county high pointing. There are several other privately owned state high points and fortunately all them except one are happy to allow visitors year round also. The only privately owned state high point restricting climbers is Charles Mound in Illinois. Thanks to the efforts of The Highpointers Club, a compromise was reached with the landowners to allow access 4 weekends per year during the summer months. A great thank you is deserved to all the other landowners who are so much more generous with their land.
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    Route Conditions:
Open Country

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