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United States : California

17.7 miles (28.5 km) WNW of New Cuyama, Santa Barbara, CA, USA
Approx. altitude: 1344 m (4409 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap topo aerial world confnav)
Antipode: 35°S 60°E

Accuracy: 8 m (26 ft)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: View north (towards the Cuyama Valley) #3: View east #4: View south #5: View west (back up the steep hill, towards Sierra Madre Road) #6: As close to "all zeros" as I could get: 5m from the confluence point #7: Sierra Madre Road (just west of the confluence point), looking north #8: Looking down from the road towards the confluence point - 0.1 difficult miles away #9: Pretty wildflowers, growing beside the road above the confluence point

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  35°N 120°W (visit #3)  

#1: The confluence point - on a steep, scrubby hillside

(visited by Ross Finlayson)

04-Jun-2008 -- This confluence is located in a beautiful remote region of southern California - the Sierra Madre Mountains, north of Santa Barbara. Fortunately, a dirt road - Sierra Madre Road - passes just 0.1 miles west of the confluence point. To reach this road, I took CA highway 166 east from US highway 101 - just north of Santa Maria. Sierra Madre Road starts at [35.11156,-120.09104]. Driving south, I climbed 3300 feet in about 10 miles. That was the easy part.

Then came the hard part: Traversing the remaining 0.1 miles to reach the confluence point, which lay down a very steep, chaparral-covered slope. After a lot of difficult scrambling, I was able to get within 5m (+/- a GPS error of 3m) from the confluence point. (Getting "all zeros" at this point would be extremely difficult.) Climbing back up to the road was even more difficult. Overall, the difficulty in traversing that final 0.1 miles (each way) made this one of the most difficult of my many confluence visits!


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#1: The confluence point - on a steep, scrubby hillside
#2: View north (towards the Cuyama Valley)
#3: View east
#4: View south
#5: View west (back up the steep hill, towards Sierra Madre Road)
#6: As close to "all zeros" as I could get: 5m from the confluence point
#7: Sierra Madre Road (just west of the confluence point), looking north
#8: Looking down from the road towards the confluence point - 0.1 difficult miles away
#9: Pretty wildflowers, growing beside the road above the confluence point
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