the Degree Confluence Project

United States : California

3.4 miles (5.5 km) WSW of Whitethorn (Humboldt), Mendocino, CA, USA
Approx. altitude: 658 m (2158 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest OpenStreetMap topo aerial ConfluenceNavigator)
Antipode: 40°S 56°E

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#2: Sign at Wailaki Campground Tailhead #3: Enjoying the GeoCache #4: View to the East from the trail #5: Relief map at the King Range office

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  40°N 124°W (visit #3)  

#1: Looking south over the site - ocean to the right

(visited by Michael Gasman and Theresa Flynn Gasman)

22-Jan-2001 -- What a site! Overlooking the Pacific Ocean at 2100 ft. Just north of the Mendocino County line in Humboldt County, where the 124th parallel makes landfall on the Northern California Coast. The King Mountain Range is the largest coastal mountain range in California. It is referred to as the 'Lost Coast'. The N40 W124 Confluence sits at the Southern tip of The King Range National Conservation Area managed by the BLM.

Access to the area is from Redway then Briceland via Shelter Cove Road and then Chemise Mountain Road (the Topo maps labeled this road as running along Bear Creek). Hiking to the confluence requires a stiff 1 mile uphill hike from either the Nadelos or Wailaki Campground, then South along a rugged up and down trail called Chemise Mountain (2598 ft) trail, for 1-2 miles. The landscape is a variety of trees with patches of brush. The confluence is only 100 ft off this trail on a brushy slope facing the ocean.

Since we were traveling from Mendocino on Hwy 1, my original plan was to take Usal Road. Where Usal Road leaves Hwy 1 to travel North greater than 18 miles it is Double track dirt with a sign that says it is not maintained in the winter. We went to Hwy 101 and via Redway. The King Range office on Shelter Cove Rd. listed Usal Road as "Wet & mushy, 4WD/high clearance only". The King Range office had a large relief map, good advice and curiosity about our quest.

We arrived at the campground at 2:30 PM and began the hike up the dark side of the mountain. Once on the ridge we were treated to occasional views toward the valley and ocean. The trail lead south up and over several prominences. With 500 ft to go the view opened up with a view south of Manzanita Mtn (2120 ft) and the ocean. At first I headed into the thick manzanita and then transferred the bearing to my compass for a much better heading. The brush was thin, lying in the 'confluence' of three trees was a watertight yellow box. My first GeoCache. The disappointment in not being the first to this site was quickly overcome by curiosity in the Cache. It seemed perfect to leave a Cache at this location, thanks to the thoughtful hunters! It had been established two days before and visited that same day by other eager confluence hunters. The Confluence landrush has certainly begun! We enjoyed the logbook and took some pictures and headed off the mountain in a hurry before dark fell and the bears came out.

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#1: Looking south over the site - ocean to the right
#2: Sign at Wailaki Campground Tailhead
#3: Enjoying the GeoCache
#4: View to the East from the trail
#5: Relief map at the King Range office
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