the Degree Confluence Project

United States : New York

5.6 miles (9.0 km) S of Downsville, Delaware, NY, USA
Approx. altitude: 595 m (1952 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest OpenStreetMap topo aerial ConfluenceNavigator)
Antipode: 42°S 105°E

Accuracy: 11 m (36 ft)
Quality: good

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#2: View to the north #3: View to the east #4: View to the south #5: View to the west #6: GPS view

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  42°N 75°W (visit #3)  

#1: View of the confluence area

(visited by Eric Altshuler and Anne Altshuler)

23-Aug-2004 -- I was able to get to this confluence while visiting my mother in upstate New York. She lives in Oxford, a small town located between Binghamton and Norwich. This confluence, about 70 miles away, isn't the closest one to Oxford (that would be 42N76W, which I plan to visit this winter), but it hadn't been visited in summertime. My mother, who enjoys outdoor activites, joined me and recorded her first confluence visit. It was a very pleasant, sunny day while we were out, but rain had been predicted and sure enough, soon after we got back to Oxford there was a downpour.

The best way to approach the confluence is to take NY Route 17, the nearest major road, to the small village of Horton and exit onto Delaware County Route 17. This can be tricky because the exit points are different depending on which direction you're approaching on NY 17. Once on the county road, which follows the Beaver Kill stream, turn onto Horton Brook Rd. Follow this and turn right on Little Fuller Brook Rd. which soon begins to climb steeply. Then bear right on Baker Hill Rd. (there is a pond on the left ahead of the intersection). Finally, turn right on Peterson Rd., a small dirt lane. When returning, go back out the same way you came in. We approached using Baker Hill Rd. from the south, but it's mostly gravel and very steep, with big ruts that made driving difficult (my car isn't 4WD).

We parked about 175 meters from the confluence, the closest we could get on the road. The area is quite remote but there is ongoing property development here. A man stopped and gave us some helpful directions on how to find a trail into the woods. We soon had to leave the trail and bushwhack, but there was little undergrowth so it wasn't too hard. One problem was the tree canopy which caused the GPS readings to drift erratically, sometimes leading us off course, but we finally arrived at the confluence which was marked by a stake (very faintly visible at the bottom of picture #1, to the left of the broken-off sapling). The confluence is situated on gently sloping terrain that drops off much more steeply to the north and west. I tried to get all zeroes on the GPS, but it was impossible because of the tree canopy and the biting flies that wouldn't let us stand still for very long. The main feature here is the large fallen tree which is also visible in one of the pictures from a previous visit.

 All pictures
#1: View of the confluence area
#2: View to the north
#3: View to the east
#4: View to the south
#5: View to the west
#6: GPS view
ALL: All pictures on one page