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Ascent of Mount Sunflower on 2017-04-11

Climber: Morris Zwick

Date:Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Summit:Car
Peak:Mount Sunflower
    Location:USA-Kansas
    Elevation:4039 ft / 1231 m

Ascent Trip Report

Drove from Junction City, Kansas and made it to Mount Sunflower around 12:30 PM. We used Waze, which took us from I-70 to US 40, and then the intersection with the road to the high point (there is a sign at the turn on Route 40). It is about 12 miles from US 40. As reported elsewhere there is an eclectic mix of art at the high point and a small covered picnic area with the mini library. The registration book contains a story about the site, and in spite the fact that there is no real "mountain" here, you definitely get a great perspective of the vastness of the prairie. The American flag wind sock was down in the grass several yards from the high point, so I put it in the mailbox where the register is kept. Inside the box is a sticker that looks like it came from a real ski area that says "I Skied Mount Sunflower" - hilarious!

One navigation note: we were headed to Denver next. And the end of the side road heading back to the main side dirt road, a sign points to I-70 left and US 40 right. Oddly, Waze told us to head to US 40. It made us wonder if Waze was telling us it was faster to get back to 40 on a shorter dirt road than heading north. In any event, we took 40 to 70 well into Colorado.

Today there was also a dead wolf (apparently hit by a car) on the dirt road between US 40 and the monument. You don't see that back East!
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1 ft / 1 m
    Distance:0.2 mi / 0.3 km
    Route:Walk from car
    Trailhead:4038 ft / 1230 m
    Quality:1 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Beautiful day!
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:1 Minutes



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