22-Jul-2001 -- We attempted to reach 37N 118W by driving from Bishop, California, into the White Inyo Mountains on Death Valley Road and then on Saline Valley Road to a point about 3.5 miles due East of the confluence.
We walked from there up the drainages which lead to the confluence. This simplistic approach worked fairly well at first, but there is a succession of springs in the drainage and, as the canyons became narrower and more steep sided, so the vegetation in the spring areas became more and more difficult to penetrate or circumnavigate. The final (on this trip) spring area supported an impenetrable mixture of willows and other vegetation which we could not get round without some fairly elaborate climbing. Regretfully we retreated to ponder the situation.
If you try this route take PLENTY of water, the heat and the altitude are a potent combination. We did not see any sign of rattlesnakes - although there are plenty of rodents. Plenty of evidence for ticks, cougars and, perhaps bobcats in the area.
We'll get it next trip!! (Yeah, sure.... :-)