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United States : California

30.6 miles (49.2 km) NE of Desert Center, Riverside, CA, USA
Approx. altitude: 368 m (1207 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap topo aerial world confnav)
Antipode: 34°S 65°E

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  34°N 115°W (visit #1) (incomplete) 

#1: These hills thwarted my attempt to reach the confluence

(visited by Ross Finlayson)

27-Dec-1999 -- The [34,-115] confluence is in the middle of nowhere -- more specifically, the "Palen-McCoy Wilderness" area of California's Colorado Desert. There's also no particularly convenient way to get to it; the nearest paved road (CA highway 62) is about 7 miles away.

The easiest way to get to this confluence appears to be to park along the (dirt) "Rice-Midland Road" near the latitude 34 point, and hike westward 6.5 miles from there. From a distance, the area around the confluence appears to be quite flat. For my attempt, I parked at the junction with a minor road at [33.99535,-114.88661], and rode my mountain bike along this minor road, hoping that -- as my map seemed to indicate - it would take me within 2 miles of the confluence, from where I would hike the rest of the way. Unfortunately, however, my map was incorrect, and the minor road ended up at the foot of the "Arica Mountains", still 4.5 miles from the confluence. (See photo #1) At this point it was too close to sunset for me to continue. If I were to attempt this confluence in the future, I'd probably park at around the same place, but this time leave my mountain bike behind and ignore the minor roads, and just hike directly to the confluence, for a 13 mile round-trip hike.


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