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United States : Colorado

16.8 miles (27.1 km) SW of Loma, Mesa, CO, USA
Approx. altitude: 1781 m (5843 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest OpenStreeMap topo aerial ConfluenceNavigator)
Antipode: 39°S 71°E

Accuracy: 2 m (6 ft)
Quality: good

Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: View North #3: View East #4: View South #5: View West #6: Ground cover at the confluence point #7: All zeros! #8: Looking down on the point from a height of 120m #9: View North, from 120m above the point #10: View East, from 120m above the point #11: View South, from 120m above the point #12: View West, from 120m above the point #13:  Where I parked, 2.59 miles from the point

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  39°N 109°W (visit #8)  

#1: Looking North towards the confluence point (in the foreground) from the nearby creek bed

(visited by Ross Finlayson)

22-Sep-2021 -- I first attempted to visit this point two months ago, but was thwarted by the locked gate at the Mountain Island Ranch. This week, I was visiting Grand Junction once again, so decided to try again. Using satellite imagery, I made a plan to hike to the point, while staying on BLM land.

As before I took A 2/10 Road (aka. Little Dolores Road). At [39.008264,-108.948750], I turned left onto a 4WD doubletrack road, and continued westward at [39.004849,-108.951311], ending at [39.004955,-108.952302] where I parked, 2.59 miles from the point.

My plan was to hike to the point in three phases, each about 1.5 miles in length (for a total (exhausting!) hike of 9 miles). Phase 1 was to bushwhack westward, just south of a prominent cliff face. I was surprised to find that there was less ‘bushwhacking' than I’d expected, because most of the way there was a well-defined trail, with several recent bootprints. I ended this phase of the hike by climbing up a steep slope, ending up on top of a mesa (at a dirt road) at [39.007742,-108.972625].

Phase 2 was by far the easiest of the three. I hiked south along a flat dirt road for about 1 mile, ending up at [38.997449,-108.976039], on the eastern edge of the drainage that contains the Degree Confluence Point.

Phase 3 involved hiking westward down a steep slope, towards the creek bed. Finding a way down was difficult, but once I made it to the creek bed, the rest of the hike - along the creek bed - was easy.

The Degree Confluence Point lies in a stand of dry juniper trees, just north of the creek bed. A prominent (and spectacular looking) sandstone cliff lies to the North. I flew my drone from the creek bed, flying alongside the sandstone cliff.

Here is a remote-controlled aerial video of this confluence point.


 All pictures
#1: Looking North towards the confluence point (in the foreground) from the nearby creek bed
#2: View North
#3: View East
#4: View South
#5: View West
#6: Ground cover at the confluence point
#7: All zeros!
#8: Looking down on the point from a height of 120m
#9: View North, from 120m above the point
#10: View East, from 120m above the point
#11: View South, from 120m above the point
#12: View West, from 120m above the point
#13: Where I parked, 2.59 miles from the point
ALL: All pictures on one page