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United States : Colorado

0.3 miles (0.6 km) NNE of Sawpit, San Miguel, CO, USA
Approx. altitude: 2526 m (8287 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap topo aerial world confnav)
Antipode: 38°S 72°E

Accuracy: 90 m (295 ft)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: North #3: East #4: Southeast-ish: toward Telluride #5: South across valley #6: West #7: A frozen waterfall near foot of mountain #8: For further interest: topo with path inlay

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  38°N 108°W (visit #2)  

#1: General Area

(visited by Sam Gallucci)

01-Jan-2005 -- After reviewing possible confluences on my way to Colorado, I found this one to be wanting. I arrived in Sawpit, CO New Year's Day afternoon. I drove up 58p Road to look for a trailhead (that I found on the topos). I went all the way to the top and no luck. I went back down and tried Steep Rock Road but gave up quickly.

I went to the Sawpit Mercantile Store and met Suzanne (I hope that's right). I asked her about getting up to the confluence and described the project. She suggested going all the way up Steep Rock Road. I did almost to my detriment. The road is steep and my truck has performance tires (not truck tires). I parked and headed from an westerly approach. A ravine stopped me.

I went back to the store. She pointed out a local that would know who was buying some items. (His name escapes me.) He said that they had a trail that sort of looped up and around where the confluence was. He was also interested in the concept of confluences and asked for the website. I directed me to a switchback on 58p Road that had a dirt path nearby offshoot. I found it and parked the truck. I followed the path to an abandoned mining operation. Dead end. I went back to a fork in the path and tried the southern path. It led me even closer. At about .16 mile or so the path seemed to disappear. So, I was close enough, I bushwhacked straight up the steep slope and made it to within 260ft. It was getting dark and I hadn't brought the flashlight, so I didn't try getting any closer. (A somewhat steep and slippery slope hindered further climbing) Close enough.

I was ready to go back down when to my surprise I got a cellphone call from my uncle. Out here? I was roaming, but I couldn't pass up the chance to call from the confluence. I didn't talk long because it was getting cold. I made it back to my truck and made it back to the store just as it got black. I stopped in and showed the pics to Suzanne. I would like to thank Suzanne and the local hiker for their help.

Unfortunately, I accidentally deleted the GPS shot.


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#1: General Area
#2: North
#3: East
#4: Southeast-ish: toward Telluride
#5: South across valley
#6: West
#7: A frozen waterfall near foot of mountain
#8: For further interest: topo with path inlay
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