07-Jul-2001 -- After visiting the confluence at 41N 118W, I headed North from Winnemucca on Highway 95. It rained most of the way, but fortunately the rain stopped before reaching the confluence. From McDermitt I headed west on Disaster Peak Road. It was paved for the first 5 miles, but turned to gravel for the next 12 miles, althought it was nicely graded gravel.
When I was researching this confluence, I was not sure if Disaster Peak Road was open to the public, so I did a search on Google for "Disaster Peak Road". To my surprise, the search turned up a hit for a web site on rockhounding in the McDermitt area. It seems that there are quite a few places along Disaster Peak Road to find things like petrfied wood, sagenite, agate, and picture rhyolite. To me a rock is a rock, and there were plenty of rocks all over, so I didn't spend any time rockhounding. The road got me to within a mile of the confluence. From the road I could not see the area of the confluence since it was on the other side of a hill, but with the GPS, finding the spot was not a problem. To get to the confluence I walked down the hill where the road was and up the next hill. From the aerial photo, it looked like the actual confluence was part way down the next next hill. As I got closer to the confluence, I began to worry, because the hill was more like a cliff, and I was afraid that I would not be able to get to the confluence safely. Fortunately, the confluence was about 5 feet back from the edge.
The view from the confluence was great as can be seen in the panorama.