18-May-2001 -- The bad news is that this confluence is in yet another boring sagebrush flat. The good news is that there is a distant view of the snow-capped Ruby Mountains. In photo #4, taken from the nearby county road, Red Butte is on the right and the southern Rubies are in the distance. The confluence is located about 4 miles away in the flat just behind Red Butte.
The best way to approach this confluence is via the historic town of Cherry Creek. Turn off Highway 93, drive west about 8 miles to the town, and then continue west and north on a good county road to Red Butte. In 1860 the Pony Express crossed Steptoe Valley and went through the Cherry Creek Mountains just a few miles to the south.
I wasn't able to locate the southern end of a primitive road that passes within 1/4 mile of the confluence, so instead I connected with it from the northeast. A simple hike west through the sagebrush brought me to the site (shown with a red bandana in the photos). There weren't any rocks (or even a cowpie) available to mark the confluence, so I left a strip of yellow plastic marker tape on the anointed bush.
The second photograph again looks northwest towards the Ruby Mountains, but this time from the confluence. Photograph #1 looks back towards where #4 was made -- Red Butte is in the foreground and the Cherry Creek Mountains are in the distance.