21-Aug-2005 -- It was time for another confluence adventure, this time successfully visiting thirteen confluences in Utah, Nevada, Wyoming, and Montana. This would be number six on my adventure.
I had a real bear of a time getting here. From 39N-114W I went north on Gandy Road and beyond Gandy turned west towards Tippett. NG TOPO Utah (with TOPO! Streets & 3D Views) depicts Whiskey Road as a fairly major road but in all reality it is a poor 4WD road. Approaching Goshute from the west along this road was not fun. Had I continued west until NV-2 it may have been a different story. I found pavement and went north at Goshute through the Indian Reservation on Ibapah Road to the town of Ibapah. I then turned south onto the paved NV-2 and went south until I found what turned out to be a driveway at N40 01.390 W114 00.591 leading to a ranch house. I had been expecting just another dirt road.
Since I had come this far already and approaching from the east was not an option due to the river, I turned down the driveway until the gate and then walked the rest of the way up to the house to ask for permission. An elderly gentlemen answered the door and after explaining what I had hoped to do and giving him a copy of the Letter to Landowners he told me that the point was not on his property but he did give me permission to continue along the road which led to an abandoned mobile home belonging to the actual property owner who no longer lived there and said I could continue from there.
I was able to drive to just under a mile north of this cow-fluence, as I will always remember it – the cows own it and all the area around it. I walked down a dried muddy path full of deep cowprints and other stuff – luckily the path was not wet. If I did not watch where I was going, it would have been easy to twist an ankle even wearing boots. This path had not been driven on in several years and was overgrown with thick weedy bushes. It did take me almost all the way to the point.
The confluence itself is in a small clearing (relatively speaking) surrounded by tall weeds with yellow flowers. I arrived at mid-afternoon and afternoon thunderstorms were starting to build off to the west. The cows wanted no part of my intrusion and began heading towards the river.
Picture #1 shows the flowers at the confluence. Picture #2 looks north. Picture #3 looks east towards the Deep Creek Range. Picture #4 looks south towards the South and Kern Mountain ranges. Picture #5 looks west. Picture #6 shows my GPS position.
On my way back out I stopped by to thank the gentleman for letting me pass and then continued on my way.
Round trip time from NV-2 was 1:20 to drive/hike the 4.96 miles. Moo!
Next stop: 40N-113W.