Ascent of Mount Sunflower on 2010-07-03

Climber: Walter Blume

Others in Party:Nichole
Date:Saturday, July 3, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Sunflower
    Elevation:4039 ft / 1231 m

Ascent Trip Report

After driving all night through Colorado, we watched the sun rise as we headed to Kansas. Just as we turned off towards the highpoint, the region became enveloped in low clouds. A fairly straightforward drive along dirt road brought us to Mt Sunflower. There are no directional signs until you are within a mile or two. My wife and I walked the last 0.4 mile to the summit. There are no sunflowers to be seen near the summit, but there were a lot of coneflowers (which I understand to be members of the sunflower family) present. The peak has changed its "sculpture" a little since the official peakbagger photo, hence I am including an up to date photo.
From 2010 Highpoints
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:38 ft / 11 m
    Total Elevation Loss:40 ft / 12 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.8 mi / 1.3 km
    Quality:1 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike
    Weather:Pleasant, Windy, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:38 ft / 11 m
    Distance:0.4 mi / 0.6 km
    Start Trailhead:entrance  4001 ft / 1219 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:40 ft / 12 m
    Distance:0.4 mi / 0.6 km
    End Trailhead:entrance  3999 ft / 1218 m

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