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United States : California

3.3 miles (5.3 km) NE of Poway, San Diego, CA, USA
Approx. altitude: 364 m (1194 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap topo aerial world confnav)
Antipode: 33°S 63°E

Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: Lake Poway.  The trail leading to the confluence is snaking up the hill to the right. #3: Trail leading to the confluence #4: Nearby palace.  The confluence is in a wealthy part of San Diego County. #5: Looking toward San Diego #6:

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  33°N 117°W (visit #8) (incomplete) 

#1: Looking down the hill toward the confluence

(visited by Max Sadler and Pegi Sadler)

12-May-2007 -- My mom decided to come with me on this one. We parked at Lake Poway and walked the trail along the perimeter of the lake and then up to the top of the ridge. It was a beautiful, sunny, warm day, and everything was green.

When we got to the top of the ridge, we turned onto a dirt trail that appeared to be in the direction we wanted. We came to a rocky clearing and thought about going a particular way. I tapped the pile of rock beneath me, and I was dissuaded by the loud hiss of a rattle.

We got to the top of a hill and could see down into a canyon that was occupied by a few palatial homes. I knew we were right above the confluence. I hiked down the hill as far as I could before I came up against impenetrable brush. I think my GPS said I was within 100 meters of it, but I'm not sure. I didn't take a picture of the reading.

Since I knew it was on a person's property and I hadn't gotten permission to go onto it, I decided not to try to go any further.

Enjoy these pictures; all that brush isn't there anymore. Not too long after our visit, wildfires swept through the San Diego area and burned this all out. Very sad.


 All pictures
#1: Looking down the hill toward the confluence
#2: Lake Poway. The trail leading to the confluence is snaking up the hill to the right.
#3: Trail leading to the confluence
#4: Nearby palace. The confluence is in a wealthy part of San Diego County.
#5: Looking toward San Diego
#6:
ALL: All pictures on one page (broadband access recommended)
  Notes
Tom McCollum writes:
I am a property owner adjacent to the 117 W 33 N confluence in Poway, CA. My house is visible in some of the panoramic photos on the website. In order to access the confluence you must use my road and driveway. I welcome people participating in this Project and will allow access if permission is requested. Unfortunately, I can only get you to about 50 meters. To get any closer would be on my neighbor's property. He has an easement through my land. I can help coordinate a visit with him as he has allowed access in the past. We have enjoyed most of the geocachers who have been respectful of the area. It is kind of interesting to live next to the only degree confluence in San Diego County. I have wondered if there was at cold war no decimal targeting missile aimed at us.
Any requests can be sent to the Western USA coordinator, and they will be forwarded to Tom.

Update (from visit 7):
While we were there, one of the homeowners came out, and apparently confusing us with geocachers, explained that the confluence "had been removed". He also said that he was having a lot of problems with mudslides, and asked that we not come back, and tell other people that the confluence was on private property.