04-Jul-2003 -- This confluence was successfully visited by my wife, Diane, my daughter Allyson
and my sister Jeanene Budge. We had been at a large family gathering in Cornish, Utah, which is
near Logan, Utah, and broke away for this bit of exploring. Our route took us through Tremonton
and Snowville and then west on US Highway 30 towards Park Valley.
My preparation for the visit was two-fold – I studied the maps and I read the prior visitors’
stories. Our approach followed the same sequence. The maps said that there was a side-road
called 38000 West which lead to within very close proximity to the point. We found this road
with no problem, but soon found out that there was a discrepancy between what the map said and
the conditions on the ground. Our closest approach was still more than 3 km away and the road
So, we went back to Highway 30 and then back to another side road, 36000 West, and drove north again. Soon we
found the 11000 South road that prior visitor Eric Lincoln mentioned in his report. We drove west, then found a very faint
two-track and drove south. We parked at about 1.1 miles to go. It was an easy hike over relatively
flat terrain. It was very dry and dusty. The temperature was about 90 degrees F. The land was
unimproved – no buildings, no roads, no people (except us), no animals, no structures. The Raft
River Mountains were in view to the west where Bull Mountain is found, the highest point in Box Elder
There are two interesting points in the area. One is Promontory Point where the Transcontinental
Railroad was completed on May 10, 1869. The other is Thiokol where the booster rockets for the
space shuttle are made.
We reached the point at about 1445 hours. We had two GPS units, both Garmin brand, a GPS III
Plus and an Etrex Vista. We took the time to do the confluence dance with both. They ended up
being about 2.5 meters apart.
It was a great day. Thanks for getting us out.