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United States : California

18.7 miles (30.1 km) SSE of Baker, San Bernardino, CA, USA
Approx. altitude: 681 m (2234 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap topo aerial world confnav)
Antipode: 35°S 64°E

Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: Looking North: Mojave Wash and Devil's Playground #3: Looking West: The nearest peak of the Bristol Mountain #4: Looking South: A small hill about 40' away #5: Looking at 35N116W from the small hill

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  35°N 116°W (visit #2)  

#1: Looking East: A little bit of Devil's Playground visible

(visited by Christopher Hylands, Tansy Brooks, Daria Curtis and Jeff Pringle)

30-Dec-2000 -- This confluence is located on a north-ish facing slope of the Bristol Mountains in the Mojave Desert.

We left I-40 at Ludlow, and followed the abandoned Tonopah and Tidewater rail bed across Broadwell Lake We then headed East on the powerline road. Approaching from I-15 and driving south would be possible, but because of Devil's Playground and Soda lake it would require either going via Afton Canyon to the West, or going to Kelso to the East and following the train tracks.

Oddly, the powerline road has reminants of pavement, but at this time it requires 4wd because of a few washes. The desert in this area is surprisingly unstepped on. The only signs of man were within a few hundred yards of the powerline. The route we chose lead up a wide wash and then up a narrower wash with interesting wind carved rocks.

From the confluence, we could see the Mojave River wash, the Amtrak train line and a small portion of I-15. We left the confluence just before the sun set behind the nearest peak and had a leisurely walk back to the truck.

One note about the fly over. I generated it by using a freely available program called Microdem to merge 4 24k Digital Elevation Maps and generate the fly over movie. At the end of the movie, a slot is visible on the left side, this slot is an artifact of merging the maps.


 All pictures
#1: Looking East: A little bit of Devil's Playground visible
#2: Looking North: Mojave Wash and Devil's Playground
#3: Looking West: The nearest peak of the Bristol Mountain
#4: Looking South: A small hill about 40' away
#5: Looking at 35N116W from the small hill
#6: A flyover generated with Microdem
ALL: All pictures on one page (broadband access recommended)
  Notes
Moderate without a GPS.