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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Panorama Point (State High Point #25) 12/13/14

Panorama Point (5,424'), Nebraska, December 13, 2014.


Mileage:  Drive-up

Directions to high point:   (Coordinates: 41.00720°N/104.0305°W). It's easy to find Panorama Point. Directions are taken from summitpost.org, with my comments:  
  • Leave I-80 E to US 30 to enter the town of Pine Bluff (left at end of ramp, right is a rest area).
  • (Take a right onto 8th Street - there's a Subway on the corner and community center in back).
  • (Follow 8th Street to Beech Street -my GPS referred to it as Beech Ave - take a right).
  • Pass under I-80 and go about 9 miles to dirt road #203 leaving left (east). (I almost missed this road on the left.)
  • Follow this road, which jogs south and becomes road #6, for 3.4 miles.
  • Turn right (south) on road #5 and go 2.0 miles. (There is a sign to Panorama Point at 2 miles.)
  • The dirt road to Panorama Point leaves right (west), just a hair north of the Colorado state line. From the road sign, it is 1.3 miles to Panorama Point. 

Work brought me to the Denver area and I took the opportunity to visit Panorama Point (and Mt. Sunflower - see previous report). 

I spent the night at the Best Western in Loveland, CO, woke up early and took I-25 to I-80 east.  I reached Panorama Point at 7:45 a.m. and returned to Denver in plenty of time for my 3:10 p.m. flight back to New Hampshire.

The town of Pine Bluff, Wyoming is nestled next to a rise in the terrain and you will drive up the bluff as you head to the high point.  The sun was just rising and the view of the plains was beautiful.     

The 9 miles to Road 203 were enjoyable but it's tough to pull over for a photo.

Sun rising - most of my drive was in the dark.

Wind power nearby.

I never knew when I actually crossed the border into Nebraska.  I kept looking for the small monument on the rise in the distance.

At the entrance.  There's a box where you put your $3.

Though the day was warm and dry (particularly for December) I'm glad I rented an SUV.  The road's in good shape but I imagine it can be sketchy in winter. There are several deep ruts.  I drove to the monument and register.

Road up to the monument.
The monument and register (the black metal "desk" on the left).

I opened the drawer and signed the register, looked around and took a few photos.  This is bison country and while here I kept hearing snorts and grunts.  The area is fenced and the property owners ask that you don't hike. There's a tri-state marker nearby as well but hiking to it is not allowed.
  



After enjoying a few more minutes in the warm sun, I jumped into the car and headed back to Denver.

Golden plains in the morning.



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