17-Mar-2001 -- This confluence is located in a very sparsely populated area in southwestern Utah. The area appears to be popular with hunters and there are lots of dirt roads to follow. We took Hamlin Valley road north from highway 56. This road may be impassable in winter conditions. The ruts in the dry mud were very deep and even in dry conditions a high clearance vehicle was required. The road leads from flat desert country up towards some mountains (Picture 2). On the way it passes some interesting rock formations (Picture 3).
About 2 miles from the confluence we turned west on a ‘major’ dirt road for an easy ride within yards of the confluence. As it turned out the snow was melting and what looked like a nice road was actually a very muddy affair. The mud was not very deep, but once the tread on the tires was all clogged up (Picture 4) it was like driving on ice and 4x4 was needed. Rather than tearing up the road and possibly get into a messy situation out there we parked the car and walked the last 1.25 miles.
The confluence itself lies in a forest. The snow patches around the confluence showed all kinds of animal tracks.