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.