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Ascent of Panorama Point on 2012-10-27

Climber: Alan Barber

Date:Saturday, October 27, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Summit:Hi-Clearance Vehicle
Peak:Panorama Point
    Location:USA-Nebraska
    Elevation:5426 ft / 1653 m

Ascent Trip Report

Leaving Mount Sunflower Kansas, I drove north on dirt farm roads for about 30 miles until I reached I-70. Turing west on I-70 and reentering Colorado I took exit 438 at Burlington and headed north on US 385. US 385 took me all the way to I-76 and the border with Nebraska. After a short jog east, I-76 intersected I-80 and I headed west again. It had been a long day so I spent the night in Sidney Nebraska (world headquarters of Cabela’s). The next morning I pressed ahead driving toward Wyoming.

I continued on I-80 until I crossed the state line with Wyoming and exited for the town of Pine Bluffs. Some suggest getting off in Bushnell but this requires a lot of wandering around on country roads. The advantage of using exit 401 in Wyoming is that there is a tourist information center and a rest stop on the south side of the over pass. At this office I picked up a state map and a map to the high point and the three-state corner. Driving east in the town of Pine Bluffs I turned south on Beech street and drove 12 miles south on a black top road (Co Rd 164) to reach the state border with Colorado. There is a cattle guard on the east side of the road and I turned in, drove across the guard, and along the edge of a cattle pasture between the power line and the fence, past a large above ground water reservoir to reach the three-state corner marker.

The marker for the common boundary of Colorado, Wyoming, and Nebraska has a concrete base with a metal plate on it, and an engraved concrete column surrounded by iron fencing. Immediately west of the high point along the wire fence is a ground plaque.

After visiting the three-state marker, I returned to Co Rd 164, continued south about 2 miles until reaching Road 136 and turned left. Driving 3 miles on Road 136 I came to a T intersection and turned left again back toward Nebraska. That road is Co Rd 111 but it becomes Co Rd 5 at the state border. Driving up a short hill I passed the High Point Bison ranch and saw a rancher feeding them.

Shortly after the Bison enclosure is the turnoff to the high point. The road is protected by a cattle guard and there is a brown road sign giving directions to the Tri-State corner.At the cattle guard there is a high point entry fee payment station with an informational sign. After placing my $3 fee in the envelop and depositing it in the metal container, I drove down the snow covered road about one mile made a sharp right turn and drove up the hill to Panorama Point.

The high point is a hill which rises above the surrounding prairie land. It is 5,424 feet above sea level sand ranked 20th highest in the United States.

The engraved granite marker, placed by the Kimball Chamber of Commerce, rests on a concrete base and is protected by tubular steel railings. A metal work bench sits nearby and contains the high point register. The ground was snow covered from the recent storm and it was cold and windy. I did not spend very much time there. After signing the register and taking the summit photos, I drove back to Denver.
Summary Total Data
    Grade/Class:1
    Quality:1 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Weather:Cold, Breezy, Overcast



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