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United States : California

3.3 miles (5.3 km) NE of Poway, San Diego, CA, USA
Approx. altitude: 364 m (1194 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap topo aerial world confnav)
Antipode: 33°S 63°E

Accuracy: 120 m (393 ft)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: Locked gate across driveway on eastern side of confluence #3: GPS position along Oak Canyon Road - 130 meters from confluence

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  33°N 117°W (visit #3) (incomplete) 

#1: Looking north towards the confluence with the view blocked by a fence and sign

(visited by Shawn Fleming)

20-Jun-2004 -- On our way back from a weekend trip to San Diego, we planned to stop at 33n117w. It is located just northeast of the town of Poway. We passed many beautiful custom homes and the roads became narrower and narrower the closer we came to the confluence.

Along either side of Oak Canyon Road, properties were clearly marked with "POSTED, NO TRESPASSING, KEEP OUT" signs preventing any travel off of the road. The 117 west meridian lies between two driveways, the house described in visit #2 to the west and, one to the east with a gate across the driveway shown in Picture #2. I was unsure which driveway would lead to the confluence landowner - both driveways converge towards the confluence.

Picture #3 shows my GPS location after we turned around and were heading back west - only 130 meters from the confluence! Picture #1 shows a sign on the land just west of, and looking towards, the confluence.

Analysis of my track file revealed that we came within 120 meters of the confluence while driving along Oak Canyon Road and also that a successful visit would be impossible without prior permission from the landowner.


 All pictures
#1: Looking north towards the confluence with the view blocked by a fence and sign
#2: Locked gate across driveway on eastern side of confluence
#3: GPS position along Oak Canyon Road - 130 meters from confluence
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  Notes
Tom McCollum writes:
I am a property owner adjacent to the 117 W 33 N confluence in Poway, CA. My house is visible in some of the panoramic photos on the website. In order to access the confluence you must use my road and driveway. I welcome people participating in this Project and will allow access if permission is requested. Unfortunately, I can only get you to about 50 meters. To get any closer would be on my neighbor's property. He has an easement through my land. I can help coordinate a visit with him as he has allowed access in the past. We have enjoyed most of the geocachers who have been respectful of the area. It is kind of interesting to live next to the only degree confluence in San Diego County. I have wondered if there was at cold war no decimal targeting missile aimed at us.
Any requests can be sent to the Western USA coordinator, and they will be forwarded to Tom.

Update (from visit 7):
While we were there, one of the homeowners came out, and apparently confusing us with geocachers, explained that the confluence "had been removed". He also said that he was having a lot of problems with mudslides, and asked that we not come back, and tell other people that the confluence was on private property.