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United States : California

10.5 miles (16.9 km) SE of Dinkey Creek, Fresno, CA, USA
Approx. altitude: 2162 m (7093 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap topo aerial world confnav)
Antipode: 37°S 61°E

Accuracy: 5 m (16 ft)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: View East (towards Wishon Reservoir - not visible here) #3: View South (along the hillside) #4: View West (up the hillside, into the late afternoon sun) #5: The confluence point lies on this forested hillside #6: All zeros! #7: A wildflower growing near the confluence point #8: A view of nearby Wishon Reservoir from a clearing near the confluence point #9: The McKinley Grove of Giant Sequioas, en route to the confluence point

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  37°N 119°W (visit #4)  

#1: View North (along the hillside)

(visited by Ross Finlayson)

05-Jun-2015 -- This point was just my second degree confluence point - way back in October 1999. Because this was so long ago and before the end of Selective Availability, I thought it was time to revisit it, in hopes of getting ‘all zeros’, and better photos.

After first visiting neighboring 37N 120W - in the Central Valley - I climbed steeply up into the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, passing by Shaver Lake. At this point I drove through a summer thunderstorm, which fortunately stopped as I continued driving towards Wishon Reservoir. Nonetheless, the temperature had dropped by almost 50 degrees Fahrenheit - from the low-90s down in the valley (close to sea level) to the mid-40s up here (at more than 7000 feet elevation).

After passing by the McKinley Grove of Giant Sequoias, I continued along Dinkey Creek Road, towards Wishon Reservoir. At about 119 West, a dirt road heads south towards the point, ending (blocked by boulders) about ¼ mile from the point. From there it was an easy hike through the forest to the point, which lies on a forested hillside covered with pine needles (and the occasional boulder). This hillside is not far from a clearing at the top of a hill; this is where I registered a successful visit during my previous visit, almost 16 years before.

To date only two other people have recorded a visit to this point. This is a bit surprising, because the point is quite easy to reach, and is not particularly remote. It is only a roughly 2-hour detour for anyone driving to Yosemite National Park from the San Francisco or Los Angeles areas. Plus, the McKinley Grove is a worthwhile stop en route.


 All pictures
#1: View North (along the hillside)
#2: View East (towards Wishon Reservoir - not visible here)
#3: View South (along the hillside)
#4: View West (up the hillside, into the late afternoon sun)
#5: The confluence point lies on this forested hillside
#6: All zeros!
#7: A wildflower growing near the confluence point
#8: A view of nearby Wishon Reservoir from a clearing near the confluence point
#9: The McKinley Grove of Giant Sequioas, en route to the confluence point
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