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United States : California

9.2 miles (14.8 km) WSW of Los Banos, Merced, CA, USA
Approx. altitude: 182 m (597 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap topo aerial world confnav)
Antipode: 37°S 59°E

Accuracy: 4 m (13 ft)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: View from the confluence to the west. #3: The confluence lies near the top of this hill. #4: Emma at the gate at the end of Billie Wright Road. #5: All zeros.

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  37°N 121°W (visit #4)  

#1: View from the confluence to the north.

(visited by Jack Frickey)

17-Jan-2003 -- While on our way from Sacramento to King City for a square dance weekend on a very dreary and foggy January day, Joanna and I stopped to visit the confluence at 37N 121W near the junction of CA 152 and I5 where we cut over from I5 to US 101. It would seem both from my map and from earlier visit reports that there are several possible ways to approach this confluence. Our first approach (plan A) was on Jasper Sears road. We reached a locked gate of the ranch on which the dashpoint lay with 2.2 miles still to go to the dashpoint. While we were stopped at the gate, a CHP officer drove up and turned around without saying "boo" to us. Knowing that other approaches allowed much shorter hikes we decide to try plan B, Billie Wright Road. We also passed Pioneer Road on our left, an approach used by another visitor to this confluence. We passed several prominently labeled entrances to the Freeman Ranch along this route. This led us to yet another locked gate (photo # 4); but this one was only 1.08 miles from the confluence. Joanna opted to remain in Emma, my Explorer, while I hiked to the confluence. Recalling an earlier report that this approach required going over "two rather large steep hills," I went to the right a bit over the shoulder of the first rather than going over the top in the direction the GPSR indicated. The confluence lies near the top of the second shown in photo # 3. Photos #1 & #2 show the green rolling hills to the north and west respectively on this foggy overcast day. Photo #5 shows all zeros on my GPSR. On my return to Emma, I chose to follow cattle paths and go around the hill completely.


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#1: View from the confluence to the north.
#2: View from the confluence to the west.
#3: The confluence lies near the top of this hill.
#4: Emma at the gate at the end of Billie Wright Road.
#5: All zeros.
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