15-Mar-2003 -- Driving from Quijotoa to Sells I realized that
this confluence was near the road, and
decided to visit it on the spur of the moment.
Did not have a camera with me, unfortunately.
The Etrex model GPS unit set to WGS84 indicated
a distance of just over .7 of a mile to the
spot, and I parked on the west side of the
highway, well off the shoulder.
A new barbed wire fence follows the road;
crossing will not be too hard for those with
very long legs, others must take care.
The desert is lush here, with big Saguaro
cactus, cholla, and a deceptive bush like
cactus. Having experience in desert hiking
this was an easy walk, but easterners should
keep their eyes open. Many empty plastic jugs
are seen on the hike in, probably left by illegals
hiking along the road. Bits of a horse skeleton
are spotted near the destination. It is in
a floodplain, but perhaps 50 to 100 feet south of
a channel that is about 10 feet wide, and lined
with small rocks. This is not the location
reported in 1999, as it is not in a dry wash.
Left a small cairn there, future visitors can
make their own judgement as to location.
I found it to be just west of a large
The GPS elevation was 2161 feet, which is
quite close to the mapped 2160 to 2170 contour
interval. The vertical accuracy of these GPS units
is better than expected. Sky visibility was good
at the confluence. Nearby bushes were under 6 feet
The walk back was uneventful, and placing a
waypoint on the vehicle helpful, as you can't
see it until close to the vehicle, or hear
the highway from the confluence. Getting lost
here could easily prove fatal, and snakes
will be out on warm/hot days, be careful.
Editor's note: Since no photos were available, this has been classified as an attempt.