Kansas: Mt. Sunflower (4,039ft)
Mount Sunflower is the highest natural point in the state of Kansas. At 4,039 feet (1,231 m), it is 3,300 feet (1,010 m) above the state's topographic low point in southeastern Kansas. Located in Wallace County, it is less than half a mile (0.8 km) from the Colorado state border and close to the lowest point in Colorado.
Mount Sunflower is located on private land owned by Mike and Rae Marie Jones, who encourage visitors to the site. Amenities include a picnic table, a sunflower sculpture made fromrailroad spikes, and a plaque that states "nothing happened here in 1897."
Access is via county dirt roads to the edge of the property, then across a cattle guard and onto a private dirt road through a cattle grazing pasture to the summit.
The state of Kansas gradually increases in elevation from the east to the west. As such, "Mount" Sunflower, while the highest point in the state in terms of elevation, is indistinguishable from the surrounding terrain.
A hike to Mt. Sunflower isn't out of the question- just need to be creative! Or use this as a perfect opportunity to help your injured/disabled/wounded Airmen reach a highpoint.
Trip Leader: SMSgt John Neeley
Planned Date: Sat, 11 Oct 2014
All trip updates and progress will be posted in the blog below