This is the second of two confluence visits I made today.
Despite both being almost "drive to" confluences, you'll
see from the narratives that doesn't mean they are
trivial to get to. Also, although the distinction of
Primary vs Secondary confluences is necessary for the Project,
this one, which is Secondary, and the first one of the day,
51N 121W, which is
Primary, are both about equal in terms of effort needed
to reach the confluence.
Both of these confluences were previously visited by
Frank Majcenovic, and
my narratives will make more sense if you read Frank's
After returning to Cache Creek, at the intersection of
Highways 1 and 97, I headed North on Highway 97, and then West
on Highway 99 to Lillooet. I turned off Highway 99, through
Lillooet, and onto the Bridge River Road, which heads North
from Lillooet, on the West side of the Fraser River, and then
just past the Bridge River turns to the West towards Goldbridge.
At this point I turned off to the right onto the West Pavillion Forest
Service Road, and zeroed the odometer. This road soon rises steeply
in a series of switchbacks, gaining quite a bit of elevation above
the Fraser River below. I continued along the main road, passing
the Lee Creek and Slok Creek Forest Service Roads on the left
at 25.8 and 27.4 km. I also passed a
the way, but didn't pick them up ;-)
Just past the 38km sign on the road, are the
To the left at 40.4km is Upper McKay Forest Service Road, and at
44.3km I turned left onto the West Pavillion - Leon Creek Forest
Service Road. This is where my approach to the confluence differs
from the one Frank used.
I zeroed the odometer again at this point. I went straight at a
junction at 1.9km, at 7.8km kept to the right after crossing
a bridge, and at 8.3km I stayed to the left. At 11.6km there
was a junction with a "Warning Road Deactivated" sign on the
left, and a "Warning Road Closed" sign on the right. I went to
the right, and then at 11.9km headed right again. This old
road led somewhat downhill as it curved around a hill to the
left, and at 12.7km I went to the left, parking my truck at
12.8km, due to the many small trees growing in the old roadbed.
At this point, I was parked only 61.4 meters from the confluence!
I had hoped that the confluence was located on the old road, so
I could drive right to it, but is was in the woods, just uphill
from the road.
I had started the trip to the
51N 121W confluence in
Cache Creek at 9AM, and was now at my second confluence of the day,
at 6:15PM. I went back the way I came, and found a spot to camp, and
to have some pasta and red wine, and reflect on a day that was both
fun and interesting :-)