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United States : California

3.3 miles (5.3 km) NE of Poway, San Diego, CA, USA
Approx. altitude: 364 m (1194 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap topo aerial world confnav)
Antipode: 33°S 63°E

Accuracy: 5 m (16 ft)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: View north - towards Mt. Woodson (hidden) #3: View east #4: View south (towards Oak Canyon Road) #5: View west #6: All zeros! #7: Lake Poway, where I began my hike

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  33°N 117°W (visit #5)  

#1: A view of the ground next to the confluence point: Steep, rocky, overgrown!

(visited by Ross Finlayson)

09-Nov-2006 -- First, let me commend Mr. McCollum, the local property owner, for being so good natured about the Degree Confluence Project, by allowing visitors - with permission - to pass through his property en route to the confluence point. Personally, though, I don't like to bother private property owners about something that is basically just a frivolous hobby, and I certainly don't want to trespass. Therefore, my goal for this visit was to see if I could reach the confluence point from the public open space to the north, thereby avoiding the residential property on Oak Canyon Road. I'm pleased to report that this is, indeed, possible, but that it requires a lot of difficult scrambling over steep, rocky, overgrown terrain.

I started my hike at Lake Poway, less than a mile to the west of the confluence point. I hiked along the Lake Poway Trail, and then started up the Mt. Woodson Trail. About 1/2 mile up this trail, I took an unnamed trail that branches to the right, towards the confluence point. Unfortunately this 'trail' soon ended, and I was forced to scramble the remaining 0.3 miles to the confluence point.


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#1: A view of the ground next to the confluence point: Steep, rocky, overgrown!
#2: View north - towards Mt. Woodson (hidden)
#3: View east
#4: View south (towards Oak Canyon Road)
#5: View west
#6: All zeros!
#7: Lake Poway, where I began my hike
ALL: All pictures on one page (broadband access recommended)
  Notes
Tom McCollum writes:
I am a property owner adjacent to the 117 W 33 N confluence in Poway, CA. My house is visible in some of the panoramic photos on the website. In order to access the confluence you must use my road and driveway. I welcome people participating in this Project and will allow access if permission is requested. Unfortunately, I can only get you to about 50 meters. To get any closer would be on my neighbor's property. He has an easement through my land. I can help coordinate a visit with him as he has allowed access in the past. We have enjoyed most of the geocachers who have been respectful of the area. It is kind of interesting to live next to the only degree confluence in San Diego County. I have wondered if there was at cold war no decimal targeting missile aimed at us.
Any requests can be sent to the Western USA coordinator, and they will be forwarded to Tom.

Update (from visit 7):
While we were there, one of the homeowners came out, and apparently confusing us with geocachers, explained that the confluence "had been removed". He also said that he was having a lot of problems with mudslides, and asked that we not come back, and tell other people that the confluence was on private property.