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United States : California

3.7 miles (5.9 km) E of Calimesa, Riverside, CA, USA
Approx. altitude: 1024 m (3359 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap topo aerial world confnav)
Antipode: 34°S 63°E

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#2: Another view, this time back up towards the top of the ridge. #3: Entrance to the anal-retentive gated community. #4: My GPS receiver's display at the confluence point.

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  34°N 117°W (visit #1)  

#1: A view back down at the Calimesa area from the confluence point.  (The anal-retentive gated community is to the right).

(visited by Ross Finlayson)

26-Dec-1999 -- This confluence is located next to the town of Calimesa, off Interstate 10, about halfway between San Bernadino and Palm Springs. Despite being next to a (sub)urban area, this confluence is quite hard to get to, as it's located halfway up a steep, scrub-filled hillside.

I exited I-10 at Calimesa, and drove eastward along "County Line Road" (which runs along the boundary between San Bernadino and Riverside Counties - this is just north of the confluence).

County Line Road ends at a private, gated community with some extremely anal-retentive rules. (See photo 3 below.) What a pack of snooty butt plugs! This is about 0.8 miles from the confluence. I parked here, and walked through the gate on the right, into what (I hope!) was public open space. A very steep trail starts here and runs straight up the hillside. I took this trail to the top, then scrambled to the right through sagebrush to bypass the impressive-looking private residence perched on top of the hill.

Once on top of the ridge, I hiked southwards (right) along the ridge line to get closer to the confluence. Fortunately, another steep trail drops back down from the ridge top, passing directly through the confluence point (or at least, within 200 feet or so). However, this trail, unlike the first one, doesn't run all the way back down to the bottom of the hill. Instead, I had to hike down through an old dried-up stream bed to reach civilization once again. Phew - this was a real workout!


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#1: A view back down at the Calimesa area from the confluence point. (The anal-retentive gated community is to the right).
#2: Another view, this time back up towards the top of the ridge.
#3: Entrance to the anal-retentive gated community.
#4: My GPS receiver's display at the confluence point.
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