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United States : Nevada

9.2 miles (14.8 km) NW of Cherry Creek, White Pine, NV, USA
Approx. altitude: 1917 m (6289 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap topo aerial world confnav)
Antipode: 40°S 65°E

Accuracy: 3 m (9 ft)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: View North #3: View South #4: View West (across Butte Valley, into the late-afternoon sun) #5: All zeros! #6: A closeup view of 'Red' Butte

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  40°N 115°W (visit #4)  

#1: The confluence point lies in a sagebrush-covered desert valley

(visited by Ross Finlayson)

02-Jun-2014 -- This remote confluence point is quite easy to reach if you have a high-clearance 4-wheel-drive vehicle, as a (narrow) road passes just 0.2 miles east of the point, which lies in a sagebrush-covered desert valley (Butte Valley). Like my visit to neighboring [39,-155] earlier in the day, mine was the first recorded visit to the point since Shawn Fleming and Sam Gallucci's visit almost 10 years ago.

Like the previous visitors, I drove through the dilapidated, almost ghost town of Cherry Creek, continued through the pass to the west, then looked for a turnoff that would take me towards the confluence point. I first saw the dirt road that supposedly wraps around the south side of Red Butte (which, at this time of year, looked more green than red). However, from looking at satellite imagery earlier, this 'road' appeared rather sketchy. (Also, Fleming and Gallucci had run into trouble attempting this approach.) So instead, I continued on Cherry Creek Road past the 40 degree north mark, then found a dirt road that took me westward to the 115 degree west line, where (at an old corral) it connected with the dirt road that runs north-south towards the confluence point.

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

Afterwards, I made the mistake of returning to the Great Basin Highway by continuing north on Cherry Creek Road, rather than backtracking through the town of Cherry Creek. This was a big mistake, as Cherry Creek Road (which turns into Butte Valley Road) becomes very narrow and rough farther north. It would have been much quicker to backtrack through Cherry Creek.


 All pictures
#1: The confluence point lies in a sagebrush-covered desert valley
#2: View North
#3: View South
#4: View West (across Butte Valley, into the late-afternoon sun)
#5: All zeros!
#6: A closeup view of 'Red' Butte
ALL: All pictures on one page (broadband access recommended)