29-Dec-2007 -- After leaving Joshua Tree (34N 116W), we drove to Calimesa. We were a little worried about getting three confluences in one (short, winter) day, and sitting in traffic on I-10 didn't help, either. We got to the end of County Line Road, and found that the two trails that leave from the end of the road no longer go anywhere near the confluence; they stay north of the water tank, in fact.
We retraced our steps, and headed down the road a bit, and found another trail. Fences everywhere. We headed down the trail, around the end of a fence, across a road, and into a draw that headed in the correct direction. There were lots of trails in the trees, and tracks of deer, horses, dogs, coyotes, trail bikes, and four-wheelers. We tried to stay low, and to find the right canyon to head up, but we ended up on the wrong ridgeline, and had to bushwhack our way down into a ravine, up the other side, and down into the next one, which is where the confluence is located. Along the way, we startled a large mule deer, a six point buck, we guessed, who went bounding up the side of the canyon away from us.
We found the confluence on a northwest facing slope, and the geocache reported by Joesph Kerski nearby. We took the pictures, climbed out of the ravine, and hustled back to the car. By the time we got back, it was 4 PM, and our chances of getting to 34N 118W seemed pretty slim.