20-May-2013 -- While driving from the San Francisco Bay Area to Yellowstone National Park, I naturally planned my route around degree confluence points that I had yet to visit. At first, I had planned to visit this confluence point by taking US-93 north from Wells, Nevada. However, I began by visiting the ghost town of Metropolis - a few miles northwest of Wells. (In hindsight, don't recommend visiting this place, however, because this ambitiously-named town now consists solely of the ruins of two buildings.) From 'Metropolis', my GPS receiver routed me to [42,-115] not by backtracking to Wells, as I had first expected, but instead by routing northwards taking me along a series of country roads: Elko County roads 754 and 753, followed by U.S. Forest Service roads 300 and 082.
These very remote country roads took me through the beautiful scenery of the O'Neill Basin, to the Nevada-Idaho State Line. The roads started out wide and smooth, but eventually became much narrower and less smooth. The Forest Service roads, near the end of the trip, were very narrow and rough indeed, with several creek crossings. A 4WD vehicle is absolutely essential if you take this route.
After 3 hours(!) of driving, I crossed into Idaho, where another dirt road took me just 0.2 miles north of the Confluence Point, which lies on a sagebrush-covered hillside. The view here is spectacular. To the West, the partially snow-covered Elk Mountain range spans the Nevada-Idaho State Line.