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United States : Colorado

3.9 miles (6.3 km) SW of Grand Mesa, Delta, CO, USA
Approx. altitude: 2977 m (9766 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap topo aerial world confnav)
Antipode: 39°S 72°E

Accuracy: 5 m (16 ft)
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#2: View North #3: View East #4: View South #5: View West #6: All zeros! #7: Where I started hiking: 0.57 miles from the confluence point #8: Some animal tracks seen en route to the confluence point

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#1: The confluence point lies within an Aspen grove - at 9800 feet elevation

(visited by Ross Finlayson)

05-May-2009 -- Wow, that was fun!

One of the most enjoyable things about the Degree Confluence project is that it helps you learn new things. In this case, I got to learn about Colorado's "Grand Mesa" - the largest mesa in the world.

I was on a mountain biking vacation in nearby Fruita, Colorado, and decided to take a day off to do some confluence hunting. This confluence point looked fascinating: It was at high elevation (about 9800 feet), but was close to a paved road. So off I went.

On the Grand Mesa, I was able to park 0.57 miles from the confluence point. At this time of year (early May), the whole area was covered with snow, so I ended up having to trudge through ankle-to-knee-deep snow. This, along with the extreme elevation, made this a somewhat strenuous hike, even though it was very short (just over 1 mile round trip). Fortunately, the temperature was mild; probably in the 40s Fahrenheit. Along the way, I saw several animal tracks - perhaps a fox.

The confluence point lies within an Aspen grove. It would be fun to revisit it in the summer, without the snow cover, and with the trees covered with leaves.


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#1: The confluence point lies within an Aspen grove - at 9800 feet elevation
#2: View North
#3: View East
#4: View South
#5: View West
#6: All zeros!
#7: Where I started hiking: 0.57 miles from the confluence point
#8: Some animal tracks seen en route to the confluence point
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  Pending visits
Submitted  Visit date  Name  Success?  Status? 
21-Nov-14  18-Nov-14  Gavin Roy  yes  pending