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United States : California

5.8 miles (9.4 km) E of Doyle, Lassen, CA, USA
Approx. altitude: 1904 m (6246 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest OpenStreeMap topo aerial ConfluenceNavigator)
Antipode: 40°S 60°E

Accuracy: 5 m (16 ft)
Quality: good

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#2: View East (towards Nevada, about 0.1 miles away) #3: View South (along the Nevada-California state line: Nevada on the left; California on the right).  US highway 395 is visible to the right. #4: View West #5: Ground cover at the confluence point #6: All zeros! #7: Looking down on the point from a height of 120m #8: View Northeast (towards State Line Peak, Nevada - 7990 feet) from 120m above the point #9: View Southeast from 120m above the point #10: View Southwest from 120m above the point #11: View Northwest from 120m above the point #12: A panoramic view (North, East, and South) from the point

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  40°N 120°W (visit #8)  

#1: The confluence point lies on the South-facing slope of a rock-strewn hill.  (This is also a view to the North, up the hill.)

(visited by Ross Finlayson)

04-Jul-2019 -- Before returning from Reno to my home in the San Francisco Bay Area (to conclude this trip through the western U.S.), I decided to revisit this Degree Confluence Point that I’d previously visited almost 9 years ago, in September 2010. I remembered this point being in a spectacular location, so I was looking forward to getting a drone’s-eye view. I was also eager to avoid repeating the mistake that I’d made back in 2010.

To summarize, there are basically two ways to approach this point: The “strenuous" route, and the "easier-but-4WD” route. The “strenuous” route approaches the point from the Southwest. This route - which requires about 1700 feet of climbing - was the route taken by Butler in 2001, Kerski in 2003, and by me in 2010. The "easier-but-4WD” route - taken by Fleming in 2004, Hodges and Steuer in 2007, and Frickey and Corrigan in 2008 - requires a 4WD vehicle, but leads to a much easier hike, with much less climbing. To take this route, you must turn East at the junction at [39.98946,-120.03519]. This time, I made sure to take this route.

After a lot of slow climbing (in my 4WD SUV), I ended up parking at a junction at [40.01140,-120.00819], at an elevation of about 6020 feet, about 1 mile ('as the crow flies’) from the point. (It turns out that I could have continued driving on another doubletrack road - past the “Willow Spring” area - which passes less than 0.5 miles from the point.) I hiked around the eastern side of the hill (containing the point), to reach the point with only about 300 feet of climbing.

The point lies on the South-facing slope of a hill, at an elevation of about 6240 feet. (The summit of the hill is about 300 feet higher, so I was able to fly over it with my drone.) The point looks exactly the same as I remembered it from my previous visit. Unfortunately the annoying rock cairn (with a geocache box) is still there, but I was able to put the cairn to some use, by using it as a launching pad for my drone.

Here is a remote-controlled aerial video of this confluence point.


 All pictures
#1: The confluence point lies on the South-facing slope of a rock-strewn hill. (This is also a view to the North, up the hill.)
#2: View East (towards Nevada, about 0.1 miles away)
#3: View South (along the Nevada-California state line: Nevada on the left; California on the right). US highway 395 is visible to the right.
#4: View West
#5: Ground cover at the confluence point
#6: All zeros!
#7: Looking down on the point from a height of 120m
#8: View Northeast (towards State Line Peak, Nevada - 7990 feet) from 120m above the point
#9: View Southeast from 120m above the point
#10: View Southwest from 120m above the point
#11: View Northwest from 120m above the point
#12: A panoramic view (North, East, and South) from the point
ALL: All pictures on one page