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United States : Colorado

12.0 miles (19.3 km) WSW of Rangely, Rio Blanco, CO, USA
Approx. altitude: 1709 m (5606 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap topo aerial world confnav)
Antipode: 40°S 71°E

Accuracy: 5 m (16 ft)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: This is the hill to conquer. #3: Down to the road and dry Cottonwood Canyon. #4: A little shade under this rock. #5: Lone Cottonwood tree.

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  40°N 109°W (visit #1)  

#1: View to the south.

(visited by Fred Mauerman)

09-Jul-2001 -- I learn a little more each time I try searching for a location with my GPS. The first important lessons is, "It is going to take more time that you expect." With this in mind I started early in the day. I had already packed, in my vehicle, the equipment I thought that I would need. (Maps, water, camera and GPS.)

Topo maps indicated that it would be a long drive on dirt roads and then a short hike. The dirt roads were not as bad as I thought they would be. After I drove as close to the confluence as possible, my GPS indicated that I would have to walk .27 miles west. (Photo #2) I judged it to be possibly one third of the distance to the top of the hill. An easy climb, right? I opted to wear the Reeboks I already had on. I wasn't too far into the hike when I realized that I should have worn the hiking boots. They weren't needed for better support or as protection from rattlesnakes, it was the dry June grass. Hiking with hundreds of stickers in your socks is very uncomfortable.

The actual confluence was on top of the hill and another 100 yards west. Photo #1 shows a view to the south. Photo #3 is looking down the hill towards my vehicle and the dry creek bed of Cottonwood Canyon. I didn't spend much time on top of the hill; I was tired and hungry. Photo #4 This outcropping of rock provided a little shade and a place to sit and rest. Photo #5 If you look close you may see the Cottonwood tree. It was the only one I saw in Cottonwood Canyon.


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#1: View to the south.
#2: This is the hill to conquer.
#3: Down to the road and dry Cottonwood Canyon.
#4: A little shade under this rock.
#5: Lone Cottonwood tree.
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