the Degree Confluence Project

United States : Arizona

9.7 miles (15.6 km) NE of New River, Maricopa, AZ, USA
Approx. altitude: 1119 m (3671 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap topo aerial world confnav)
Antipode: 34°S 68°E

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#2: Looking East from the Confluence #3: Looking West back to the Confluence #4: Saguaros on the hike out #5: The group

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  34°N 112°W (visit #1)  

#1: Looking North from the Confluence

(visited by Bob Renner, Adam Renner, Mike Hetzel, Marshall Wagner, John Wagner and Ralph Morong)

08-Oct-2000 -- The Degree Confluence Project -- what a fun way to teach orienteering to a group of scouts. We gathered the appropriate topo maps and aerial views and gave copies to the few brave scouts of Troop 824. They then had the task of getting us to the approximate location of the confluence using the maps and compass. Once we were in the area, the GPS took over to pinpoint the confluence.

This confluence is located in the Upper Sonoran Desert of Central Arizona. It's located about 38 miles NNE of downtown Phoenix. The shortest route is to take I-17 north to Table Mesa Rd. and then head east for about 8 miles. However, I would NOT recommend that route unless you have a high clearance 4WD vehicle. Table Mesa Rd. is a non-maintained dirt road with several bad sections and one extremely bad section. The easier route is to drive through Carefree, AZ and up to Seven Springs Recreation Area. A few miles north of that, you can pick up the east end of Table Mesa Rd. This adds about 10 more miles of dirt road but it is passable with a high clearance 2WD truck, but 4WD is highly recommended.

This route gets you to within about a mile of the confluence. The hike is uphill most of the way with an elevation gain of over 800 feet. It can be steep and rocky but the views are rewarding. We also took along a 3 gallon plastic bucket and buried a GPS Stash at the Confluence. Once you get there, it's easy to find - just look for the pile of rocks with the javalina skull on top.

The scouts and leaders from Troop 825 which went on the hike (shown in Picture 5) are Adam Renner, Mike Hetzel, Marshall Wagner, John Wagner, Bob Renner, and Ralph Morong.

 All pictures
#1: Looking North from the Confluence
#2: Looking East from the Confluence
#3: Looking West back to the Confluence
#4: Saguaros on the hike out
#5: The group
#6: GPS Screen Shot
#7: Aerial view by Russ Cooper on March 31, 2000, looking NNW
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  Pending visits
Submitted  Visit date  Name  Success?  Status? 
02-Oct-14  01-Oct-14  Ross Finlayson  yes  pending