the Degree Confluence Project

United States : California

9.2 miles (14.8 km) WSW of Los Banos, Merced, CA, USA
Approx. altitude: 182 m (597 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest OpenStreeMap topo aerial ConfluenceNavigator)
Antipode: 37°S 59°E

Accuracy: 10 m (32 ft)
Quality: good

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#2: View East #3: View South #4: View West #5: GPS shot

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  37°N 121°W (visit #6)  

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(visited by Shawn Fleming)

30-May-2004 -- Traveling south on Interstate 5, we got off at CA-152 and onto Billy Wright Road. We stopped at a gate across the road (N37 00.878 W120 59.731) pictured in previous visitors narratives located just prior to the western set of two north-south power lines between I-5 and the confluence. The gate's apparent function was to keep the cows in and there were no signs prohibiting entry observed anywhere along the trip from the interstate. I passed through the gate and followed the road towards the confluence and taking the advice from previous visitors - did not proceed direct. You can follow the dirt road, then trails, and finally cow paths around the hills so the only time you will be walking on the grass full of stickers is the last 150 meters up a slight hill to the confluence. Following these trails definitely will save you a lot of unnecessary climbing.

The hills in this area were characteristically golden-brown. The day was nice - about 75 degrees F and not a cloud in sight. On my way back, 3 cows followed me for part of the way - one stayed way back but the two others were extremely curious.

This is an easy confluence. You can get off the interstate, trek to the confluence, and be back on the interstate and on your your way in just about an hour.

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#2: View East
#3: View South
#4: View West
#5: GPS shot
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