27-Jul-2007 -- Confluence point 34N x 113W
Visited by William S Eskel Jr.
This visit began in Phoenix AZ heading to Henderson NV by way of highway 60 out of Phoenix heading northwest toward the town of Wickenburg where the highway turned west. I followed 60 for about 20 miles until I came to highway 71. I followed this north until mile marker 95. I was unable to find the break in the fence that Scott Surgent and Beth Cousland described on their Dec 11th 2005 visit. I went all the way to mile marker 96 and even though I did see a road, the fence was intact. That was fine… I came for a hike anyway. For the most part, looking at my map, my course to the CP paralleled the power lines about 1.2 miles to the SSW of them.
From mile marker 95, the confluence point was 5.3 miles away on a SSE heading. I wasn’t always able to maintain this heading as I would come across some fairly dense patches of vegetation with muddied water holes that the open range cattle tromped through. Most times the cattle saw me before I saw them. They would spook from the dense brush if I wandered too close which kind of made me jump. It was much easier going around these patches than to go through them. Glad I didn’t run into any aggressive bulls. Speaking of cattle, I saw a good many of them which made me wonder, who owns them and how in the world are they ever able to find all of them if they need to? Considering how large the area is, good luck.
Overall, the walking was fairly easy and enjoyable. The ground was relatively flat and had many areas of sparse vegetation. For this time of year, it was warm but it could have been much hotter. However, there was a slight overcast sky which filtered most of the hot sun. I expected the CP to be out in the open but as you can see by my pictures, the area has overgrown since the previous visits. Even since Scott and Beth’s visit only 20 months ago.
I took the required pictures and headed back toward my car in more or less the opposite direction. Verified my heading with my backup compass and followed my MOB mark on the GPS unit that I activated when I set out. I got back to my car around 3:30 with a total distance traveled of 12.2 miles in 5 hours.
I didn’t notice at the time but my map indicates that there’s a set of railroad tracks that cross highway 71 north of where you turn on 71 from 60 (about a half mile). Come to think of it, I don’t recall seeing the tracks. Anyway, my point being if those tracks had a service road, you could get to within 1.3 miles of the CP. Happy hunting.