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United States : Texas

12.7 miles (20.4 km) NNE of Butterfield, El Paso, TX, USA
Approx. altitude: 1592 m (5223 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap topo aerial world confnav)
Antipode: 32°S 74°E

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#2: Lee at an abandoned adobe home near the point #3: Jim in the dry stream bed; snow in the foreground #4: View east from 32n 106w; Cerro Alto (6787ft) in background #5: Lee & Jim at 32n 106w

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  32°N 106°W  

#1: The view south from 32n 106w

(visited by Lee A. Sterling and Jim L. Cox)

05-Jan-2001 -- After months of pre-planning, my colleague Jim Cox and I finally departed from his home in west El Paso in seach of big game - our first confluence. We left at about 7:30am, and after just a few wrong turns, we found the gravel road which would take us to the point nearest our destination.

We crossed a cattle guard, inched our way through a herd of young steers, then meandered our way west until we came to an impassable (for cars) barbed-wire fence. Jim's GPS indicated that we were three miles from the confluence. We then set out on foot.

An old road on the far side of the fence merged into a dry stream bed which headed in the general direction of the confluence. We decided to follow the wash as long as we could, before going cross country through the sotols, lechugillas, and prickly pear cacti. We were a mile away from our destination when we left the stream bed.

We had a climb of about 400ft out of the canyon to the top of a small hill overlooking the confluence. From there, it was just a quarter mile to the confluence, which we quickly pinpointed with the GPS.

This is scenic high grassland country, featuring desert plants interspersed with prarie grasses. It is very different from the creosote-bush dominated valley where El Paso sits. The average elevation during the hike was 5100ft. We surprised two herds of mule deer during our hike, and flushed three coveys of quail. The only other mammal we saw was a cottontail rabbit which made us jump as we frightened it out of its hiding place near the abandoned adobe home in the picture.

We were back in El Paso digging into delicious cheeseburgers by 3:00pm. This was the closest confluence to our homes; It turned out to be quite an easy day hike.

Lee A. Sterling


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#1: The view south from 32n 106w
#2: Lee at an abandoned adobe home near the point
#3: Jim in the dry stream bed; snow in the foreground
#4: View east from 32n 106w; Cerro Alto (6787ft) in background
#5: Lee & Jim at 32n 106w
#6: The point
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