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United States : Washington

4.4 miles (7.1 km) NNE of Chesaw, Okanogan, WA, USA
Approx. altitude: 1013 m (3323 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap topo aerial world confnav)
Antipode: 49°S 61°E

Accuracy: 10 m (32 ft)
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#2: View of confluence point and border fence #3: Close up of GPS, reading 44 feet from confluence

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  49°N 119°W (visit #1) (secondary) 

#1: View west from the confluence along the border

(visited by Torrey Hoffman)

04-Jul-2001 -- After my visit to 48N120W earlier in the day, I headed north again on Highway 97, up the Okanogan valley towards the Canadian border. A few hours later I reached Oroville, the last town before the border. I found the "Oroville-Toroda Road" which heads up into the hills on the east side of the valley. I followed that all the way to Chesaw. Past Chesaw, heading towards Bolster, the road changed from a two-lane paved road to a narrower dirt road. The town of Bolster is only about six buildings near the turnoff for Gold Creek Road. I followed the road along Gold Creek for about a mile and then parked on the north side of the road in some trees. At this point I was still over a mile from the confluence, but it didn't look like I was going to drive any closer.

From there I hiked up over the top of the hill and down towards the Canadian / US border. The border is well marked - the trees have been cut down in a straight line that stretches to the horizon, and a barbed-wire fence runs along it. It was a little difficult to get a good GPS reading between the trees, and it seemed that the fence was actually a little south of the 49th parallel.

After taking some pictures I headed back to the Jeep. Instead of going over the hill on the way back, I went around the west side through a cow pasture. By the time I made it back to the Jeep, the sun was going down. I got back to Oroville before dark and crossed the border into Canada. A few days later I went to Manning Park and visited 49N 121W...


 All pictures
#1: View west from the confluence along the border
#2: View of confluence point and border fence
#3: Close up of GPS, reading 44 feet from confluence
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  Notes
The borderline with Canada is passing 25 ft north of the Confluence.