22-Oct-1999 -- The N37 W119 confluence - despite
lying in the midst of northern California's Sierra Nevada Mountains - is
surprisingly easy to reach, as it's less than a mile from a main road.
The confluence is located on a forested ridge near Wishon Reservoir
(which is east of Shaver Lake, and north of Fresno).
From Shaver Lake, we took the road that heads east towards Wishon
Reservoir. Past Dinkey Creek, the road passes through "McKinley Grove"
- a magnificent stand of Giant Sequoias (see pictures #5 and #6 below).
This is about 6 miles from the confluence.
Continuing along the road, we were 1 mile from the confluence when we
saw a narrow dirt road branching off to the right. This dirt road takes
you 0.3 miles from the confluence. At this point, we hiked up a gentle
slope to the confluence, which is located in a thinned out clearing near
a small granite formation. Pictures #1 through #3 are a panorama taken
from this site. Picture #4 is a photo of our two GPS displays at the
confluence. (Unfortunately the lighting was bad here, so the displays
are hard to read.)