22-Aug-2005 -- It was time for another confluence adventure, this time successfully visiting confluences in Utah, Nevada, Wyoming, and Montana. This would be number eight out of thirteen visits on my trip.
I was on my way from 40N-113W when I got off of I-80 at Exit 62, the Lakeside Military Exit, and went west around Skunk Ridge, and then continued north. Stay right on the paved road at this intersection – the road is much better. I went left, directly towards the point on what appears on imagery to be a better road but, in reality, it’s hard to beat pavement. It will be a bit longer but a lot easier on your vehicle. You will need to turn west-southwest at this intersection onto a nice gravel road and then continue west at this intersection. From a path off of this road, I was able to drive to within .37miles west of the confluence before stopping. Along the way, I saw dozens of pronghorn antelope.
I hiked up and over a small ridge and found the confluence located on the western side of a north-south running valley along the unmarked boundary between Box Elder and Tooele Counties and just east of a small animal trail.
This area is just south of the Eagle Bombing Range, and I saw something impact behind the hill in the distance. I could see the characteristic signature of tritonal: billowing, grey-black smoke from the impact. Cool!
Instantaneous satellite geometry today caused my receivers to locate the confluence about 3 meters south of the existing cairn.
You could also park due south of the confluence and hike .9 miles up the gently sloping valley on the western side of the drainage directly to the confluence, saving you the up and down of the hills but adding a bit more distance. If you elect to come this way, park near here and walk straight up the west side of this valley to the confluence.
Picture #1 shows the general confluence area with the cairn in the foreground. Picture #2 looks east towards an unnamed ridge that continues south from Tank Ridge. Picture #3 looks south down Puddle Valley. Picture #4 looks west and at the ridge I came over from where I parked. Picture #5 looks north towards Round Mountain. Picture #6 shows my GPS position.
It took me 1:24 for the 36.4 miles roundtrip from I-80 with 0:22 of that time used to hike .81 miles to the confluence and back.
The adventure continues at: 41N-114W.