Panorama Point, Nebraska (5,424 feet)

Panorama Point, Nebraska (5,424 feet)

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May 17th, 2002, 3:35 am #1

Post your comments from your visit to Nebraska's highest point.
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http://americasroof.com/ne.shtml
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August 14th, 2002, 3:58 am #2

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Joined: January 2nd, 2003, 10:46 pm

June 26th, 2003, 7:36 pm #3

Post your comments from your visit to Nebraska's highest point.
Read about the summit:
http://americasroof.com/ne.shtml
On Sunday afternoon, 15 June, I found myself in Scottsbluff, Neb., at 3 o'clock, so I determined to visit Panorama Point. The round-trip took about three hours.

Going down I took the "standard" route by exiting I-80 at Pine Bluffs, Wyo. (Exit 401), and heading south several miles on a paved road and then east on gravel roads. On the return, however, I took a good gravel road up to I-80 near Bushnell, Neb. (Exit 8). If you don't mind fewer paved miles, this is a good alternative when coming from or going to the east.

The high point is easy to get to using the published directions. It is located on private land, and $2 is charged on the honor system for access. I hope the owners (a bison ranch) use the collected fees to improve the access road, which is in poor shape. My Monte Carlo made it o.k., but it did have to dodge a few holes and puddles. Of course you can always walk from the access gate (about half a mile) if you wish.

You can drive right up to the high point, which is unspectacular, being part of that gradual upward tilt to the landscape as you travel westward in Nebraska. Nearby land in Wyoming and Colorado is obviously higher yet. At the high point there is a granite marker and a metal stand containing a register (and helpful directions back to I-80).

The NE-CO-WY tri-state monument is nearby, but I did not visit it. Panorama Point is an easy high point to "bag" if you're traveling on I-80, so take a half hour or so to see it when you're in the area.

Mark Stauter
Rolla, Mo.
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Joined: March 1st, 2004, 12:02 am

March 13th, 2004, 11:02 pm #4

Post your comments from your visit to Nebraska's highest point.
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I made it to the top of Panorama Point, the Highpoint of Nebraska at 5424 feet, on Thursday morning August 28th, 2003. It was my 6th total state highpoint and my 2nd since actually becoming a member of the Highpointers Club earlier this year.

I left my home in Algonquin, IL on Wednesday morning, August 27th, at 9:45AM. I drove west and arrived at the I-80 rest area in Pine Bluffs, Wyoming at 1:15AM. I slept, not so well, in my car until 8:00AM. As I helped the elderly lady at the visitor center move and set up her display I met a guy named Dave (I can’t remember his last name but it sounded something like pancake), from Delaware, who had completed 42 state highpoints, including Panorama Point, but was not yet a member of the Highpointers Club. I told him about the convention in Washington next year and he said he might show up.

I followed the excellent directions provided by Charlie and Diane Winger in their book Highpoint Adventures and reached the summit of Panorama Point without any trouble after stopping to place my $2.00 donation in the envelope provided at the entrance. It was a clear and comfortable day. I signed the register and enjoyed the view. I was the first to sign in that day and had the “mountain” all to myself.

I then continued south on RD 5 to the first crossroad I could take west. I turned right and drove to the first crossroad I could take north. I turned right and with the help from the directions provided by Don Holmes in his book Highpoints of the United States I found the Tri-State Corner Marker, which marks the intersection of Colorado, Nebraska and Wyoming. The flyer “Highest Point in Nebraska and Three-State Corner Marker --- You can see them both”, which I picked up at the Pine Bluffs visitor center, also provided excellent directions to the Tri State Marker. This flyer, and the Don Holmes’ book, also provides alternate directions to Panorama Point from the Bushnell Interchange on I-80. Since I was heading west I would have used this alternate route if I hadn’t planned on sleeping at the rest area at Pine Bluffs.

After enjoying my visit to Panorama Point and the Tri-State Marker I drove south on the Colorado back roads through the Pawnee National Grasslands. I met an old friend from my high school days in New Jersey in Vail, Colorado at 1:30PM and we drove south to Ruidoso, NM where I spent a week hiking in the Lincoln National Forest.
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Joined: March 2nd, 2004, 2:26 pm

September 19th, 2005, 2:47 pm #6

Post your comments from your visit to Nebraska's highest point.
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Here's a link to our August, 2005 trip to Panorama Point. It includes photos.

http://www.highpointing.com/Nebraska/ph ... _point.htm

steve urbanski
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Joined: November 8th, 2005, 2:41 pm

September 20th, 2006, 12:38 pm #7

Post your comments from your visit to Nebraska's highest point.
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As expected, it was a warm morning in July, and very clear. From Minnesota to Sydney, NE overnight, we got up this morning early, intent on finding our 2nd highpoint. This stop was a slight detour on our way to Allenspark, CO. Just follow the directions carefully in the 'Highpoint Adventures' book, and you'll find it. The last mile or so was very deeply rutted, so we were glad we had a Tahoe with some clearance. Met four guys from Ohio there at the h.p. - they were over 30 highpoints, and were headed for more out west. Sara, Matthew, Kelly and I all signed in, and just as we were about to leave, the buffalo herd stampeded by. Very impressive. We headed south a mile, then west for several miles, all on gravel roads, just into northern Colorado. We were pulling a small trailer, and a rock bounced off the front of the trailer, and back into the back window of the Tahoe. It shattered, but stayed in place. A good duct tape job in Longmont later that afternoon saved it for a couple of days until we could get it replaced. So watch out for rocks if you use the Colorado 'highways' when you leave! If you are into state tri-points, it's only 10-15 minutes away as well.
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Joined: November 13th, 2004, 12:52 am

July 17th, 2007, 8:31 pm #8

Post your comments from your visit to Nebraska's highest point.
Read about the summit:
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Here's a link to our Panorama Point Trip Report from July 10, 2007.

-Hyrum

http://hiking.hyrumwright.org/
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Joined: January 21st, 2004, 4:26 pm

August 20th, 2008, 2:01 pm #9

Post your comments from your visit to Nebraska's highest point.
Read about the summit:
http://americasroof.com/ne.shtml
An account of my trip and accompanying pictures is available at the following URL:

http://shelleypotts.com/AboutMe/HighPoi ... .php?hp=NE

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Shelley Potts
spotty4@hotmail.com
http://shelleypotts.com
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