27-Apr-2013 -- The day was sunny and 75 deg., and myself, my wife, and two of our friends decided to attempt this confluence. We parked at the entry of the ranch and then walked along the road that others had previously traversed for about two miles before running into a horde of cattle grazing the BLM land. We decided not to try to plunge through them and instead took a shortcut through Tom's Canyon, and then followed a ravine up to the mesa where we would then hike the stream down into Kings Canyon where the confluence lies.
The journey was cut short in this ravine
when we ran into moose on three separate occasions, all of which were severly spooked and recklessly crashed through the brush without a thought. The ravine at this point was only around thirty feet wide and un-climbable so it was pretty terrifying, our only course of action being to clamber up to tree trunks and hide behind them to provide some protection from their headlong escape. The first one we saw actually went further up in the ravine, then about five minutes later barreled back our way, making us think either the ravine was impassable or there was a predator that impulsed the moose to face us again rather than continue on.
After some breathless deliberation we decided to continue up the ravine and bear back down the steep mesa on the other side back to the car. It was slow-going but passable, and we made it back safe and sound in the end to much relief. Doing some research afterwards, we found that the moose introduction
in the Grand Mesa area completed in 2005 is going quite successfully. I would say so. The next time I attempt this confluence it will be after talking to the area ranchers to assure that the cattle along the road are safe, and this road will be then be taken all the way until the Kings Canyon stream to reach the confluence from the north. Quite a weird experience.