18-Oct-2018 -- Driving from Phoenix to Las Vegas, I wanted to revisit this point (that I’d previously visited almost 7 years ago) to get a drone’s-eye view of the point. I remembered that the point lay in a cluster of thorny bushes, and figured that I’d get much better views from a drone flying above.
Another thing I remember from my previous visit is having to hike more than 1 mile each way to get to the point. Most of the other visitors to this point have also ended up hiking 1 to 2 miles each way. So when I looked at satellite imagery, I was intrigued by the sight of a dirt road - running alongside a series of high-voltage power pylons - that headed south from highway 71 towards the point. Would I be able to take this route to drive all the way to the point?
I drove along highway 71 to [34.08029,-113.02077], where I found a gated (but not locked) dirt road that ran alongside the power pylons. Driving south along this road, I passed through two more (unlocked) gates enroute. About halfway along, the road passed over a rocky ridge. The rest of the road was flat, but quite sandy in places; a 4WD vehicle is highly recommended.
At [34.01567,-112.98835] I reached a junction, and took the right-hand branch that headed south-westward towards the Degree Confluence Point. I ended up parking on the bank of a large stock pond, just 100m west of the point.
Thanks to recent rain, the vegetation at the point was much greener than it was during my previous visit (in December 2011). (Fortunately, I didn’t see the ‘geocache’ jar that was there last time.) Because of the thick vegetation at the point, the ground-level ’north, east, south, west’ photos all look much the same. Fortunately the drone’s-eye photos (from 120m above) are much more interesting.
Here is a remote-controlled aerial video of this confluence point.