15-Jun-2002 -- It was the crack of 10:00 AM when we packed the vehicle and headed out on our quest to visit an attempted but not confirmed confluence. Our goal was 44 N, 111W.
We left West Yellowstone, MT and headed south to Ashton, ID. We made a quick stop for supplies in Ashton, and for two Montana guys it seems that there is always an odd experience when visiting Ashton. You’ll have to go experience it yourself but let’s just say that there are some odd people in Eastern Idaho.
We headed SE on ID 32 and made a left (east) just past Lamont. From there it was about 10 miles of dirt road through Targhee National Forest, with the final destination being Coyote Meadows. The road ended within .30 miles of the confluence. Coyote Meadow is absolutely spectacular, filled with wildflowers and nestled at the base of the Teton Mountain Range. We headed out on a heavily used horse trail; after about a tenth of a mile we left the trail for a little bushwhacking. The confluence was up a small drainage approximately .20 of a mile. It took a bit of walking in circles to get to the actual spot within the thick timber. We got a solid reading after backing into a group of 3 Lodgepole Pines. It seemed there was a tree growing at the actual confluence. You can see by the pictures that the timber is thick through there.
So, to wrap things up we headed back to the jeep for a round of ice cold beers to celebrate and then started our way home through Yellowstone National Park. We had a fun day and saw some of the prettiest country around. If you ever find yourself in Eastern Idaho we highly recommend that you visit this confluence.