21-Nov-2007 -- After a series of easy confluence visits, I finally got a reality check. Following the suggestions of the previous visitors, I approached the confluence on National Forest Road 41 from the east (i.e., via the Seven Springs Campground). I parked on a pull-out beside the creek bed, 0.7 miles south-east of the confluence point. I found and started following a smaller creek bed that led towards the confluence point, but soon realized that - rather than a leisurely 1.5 mile round-trip hike - this was going to be a tough 1.5 mile scramble up and down a steep hill. Because it was only about an hour before sunset, I realized that I could not continue without risking getting stuck in the dark. So this has to be classified as an incomplete visit; perhaps I'll try again some other time. Next time, I'll allow a full day for visiting this point.
Because I needed to be in Sedona later that evening, I chose to leave by driving westward towards Interstate 17. The previous visitors were right: The western side of road 41 is much rougher than the eastern side. My Toyota RAV4 4wd was barely able to negotiate the western side of the road. For future visitors, I'd like to emphasize again that it's far better to access and leave the confluence point from the east.