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United States : California

10.0 miles (16.1 km) SSE of Twentynine Palms (San Bernardino), Riverside, CA, USA
Approx. altitude: 1361 m (4465 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap topo aerial world confnav)
Antipode: 34°S 64°E

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#2: Another view from the confluence point. #3: Barrel cactus (and Yucca plants) near the confluence point. #4: A communications tower at the top of the hill above the confluence point. #5: My GPS receiver's display at the confluence point.

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  34°N 116°W (visit #1)  

#1: Looking down from the confluence point.  A

(visited by Ross Finlayson)

27-Dec-1999 -- This beautiful confluence is located inside California's Joshua Tree National Park, just 1 mile east of the Belle campground. To reach it, I parked at this campground and started hiking. The first 2/3 mile was an easy hike along flat ground, amongst thinly spread cactus and Joshua Trees. The remaining 1/3 mile was much tougher, requiring scrambling up a steep, rocky hillside. The confluence is located near the top of this hill. Photo #1 shows a view from the confluence point, looking westward back towards the Belle campground (the rounded rocks near the center of the photo). One of the park's namesake Joshua Trees is in the foreground. Photo #3 shows a cluster of pretty cactus near the confluence point.

At the top of the hill - above the confluence - there's a communications tower (see photo #4). In hindsight, an easier way to reach this confluence would be to find whatever service road leads to this communications tower, and hike down from there. (I don't know if this could be done legally, though.)


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#1: Looking down from the confluence point. A "Joshua Tree" is in the foreground.
#2: Another view from the confluence point.
#3: Barrel cactus (and Yucca plants) near the confluence point.
#4: A communications tower at the top of the hill above the confluence point.
#5: My GPS receiver's display at the confluence point.
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  Notes
In the Joshua Tree National Park.