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United States : California

5.6 miles (9.0 km) W of San Ardo, Monterey, CA, USA
Approx. altitude: 359 m (1177 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap topo aerial world confnav)
Antipode: 36°S 59°E

Accuracy: 3 m (9 ft)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: View North #3: View East #4: View South #5: View West #6: All zeros! #7: View North from the meadow, 120 feet East of the confluence point #8: View East from the meadow, 120 feet East of the confluence point #9: View South from the meadow, 120 feet East of the confluence point #10: View West (towards the confluence point) from the meadow 120 feet away

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  36°N 121°W (visit #6)  

#1: The confluence point lies in a densely-vegetated area (oak and manzanita)

(visited by Ross Finlayson)

15-Jul-2014 -- I first visited this confluence point 14 years ago, in May 2000. I decided to revisit it to get some better photographs, and 'all zeros'.

My route to the confluence point was the same as before: From the high point of the Lockwood-San Ardo Road at [35.98707,-121.01543], I took a dirt road along the ridge to [35.99105,-121.01908]. At this point - 1.2 miles from the confluence point, but 1000 feet higher in elevation - a trail runs down to the valley below, almost directly to the confluence point, which lies in densely-wooded vegetation (oak and manzanita).

14 years ago, I rode a mountain bike down the trail, but then had to push it back up the (1000') hill afterwards. This time, I left my mountain bike in the car, and hiked down (and back up) the trail instead. This was a wise move, as - in several places - brush had grown over the trail in several places during the intervening 14 years.

As with my previous visit, once I got to the end of the trail (about 400' from the confluence point), I didn't try hacking through the thick vegetation that lies in front of the point. Instead, I made a short detour eastward to a narrow meadow. This takes you about 120' from the confluence point, which can then be easily reached on foot.

Here is a remote-controlled aerial video of this confluence point.


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#1: The confluence point lies in a densely-vegetated area (oak and manzanita)
#2: View North
#3: View East
#4: View South
#5: View West
#6: All zeros!
#7: View North from the meadow, 120 feet East of the confluence point
#8: View East from the meadow, 120 feet East of the confluence point
#9: View South from the meadow, 120 feet East of the confluence point
#10: View West (towards the confluence point) from the meadow 120 feet away
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