It was spring break and time for another confluence adventure. We were on our way to Tucson for Easter and this would be the first confluence of our trip.
We turned south off AZ-71 at N34 04.013 W113 02.262 This road looked to be the shortest and most direct path to the confluence although my preparation for this confluence identified several other options. We went through a gate right next to the road and continued down a dirt road that looked like cows used it more than vehicles. It was fairly easy-going but got bumpy in some parts – a 2wd vehicle would have no problem on this road as long as it was dry.
When we reached the intersection of the road that would take us east to the confluence we were stopped by thick, green bushes that had overgrown the road. Rather than mow them down and completely clog up the bottom of our Tahoe, I decided to hike the remaining 2 miles to the confluence.
After about 150 meters, the bushes thinned out considerably and I continued eastbound just north of a fence line. Beyond a feature identified as the Little Black Hill Tank (pond), the path turned north so I continued to follow the fence line. Eventually, I would find the confluence just south of the fence in a bush just to the east of a prickly-pear cactus. It’s also just north of two more ponds that MapSource identifies as the Big Pimberton Tanks.
Picture #1 shows the confluence cactus. Picture #2 looks north. Picture #3 looks east. Picture #4 looks south. Picture #5 looks west. Picture #6 shows my GPS location with all zeroes.
Round trip hike was 4.69 miles in 1:19. Distance from AZ-71 to where I had parked at
N34 00.117 W113 02.239
was 4.5 miles and took about 30 minutes. Total time off AZ-71 was 2:38
Another great confluence adventure!