the Degree Confluence Project

United States : Minnesota

11.0 miles (17.7 km) N of Hovland, Cook, MN, USA
Approx. altitude: 452 m (1482 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest OpenStreetMap topo aerial ConfluenceNavigator)
Antipode: 48°S 90°E

Accuracy: 5 m (16 ft)
Quality: good

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#2: South #3: East #4: West #5: GPS reading #6: Geocache site just west of the confluence #7: Another look uphill

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  48°N 90°W (visit #2)  

#1: North

(visited by Joshua Peterson)

04-Nov-2022 -- I had previously attempted to reach this confluence on October 31st of 2020 but had to call it 350 feet short due to dangerous ice cover on the rocks in the last descent.

Today I specifically planned to make sure that didn't happen. No accumulated snow and no chance of rain. Made my way back up the familiar Arrowhead Trail and got to the Otter Lake campsite. I went probably about half a mile north-northeast on a small spur trail before having to leave it.

The area has been logged within the last 10-15 years if I had to guess. The very beginning was easy going on what I assume was an old skidder trail, but I pretty quickly ran into large stands of recent aspen growth. Pretty impenetrable and sometimes the branches come right back and hit you right in the face.

Eventually got to a nice overlook and started my way down the hill. Most of it was coated in a thick layer of moss but thankfully it wasn't too slippery on this relatively dry day. Slowly made my way there and ended up going past it a bit. There are no particular landmarks to recognize the site since all the trees are pretty young. There was a large deadfall about 20ft north of the confluence point. Took the needed pictures and started the way back.

The return trip was much the same but in reverse order. The climb up had me huffing and puffing but I eventually made it to the top. The bushwhacking compared to that was a total breeze, and I was back to the trail before I knew it. Definitely a great time of year to visit this one.

 All pictures
#1: North
#2: South
#3: East
#4: West
#5: GPS reading
#6: Geocache site just west of the confluence
#7: Another look uphill
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