Degree Confluence 38N 121W

© Richard D. LeCour

Ever since I first experienced finding my first geocache with a GPS, I decided that degree confluencing would be another favorite activity. Since I knew that I’d soon be heading out of town eventually, I loaded up my Garmin eTrex with all of the closest confluence coordinates and set off.

On my way from San Jose to Murphys, California, I realized that I would pass within just a few miles of my first confluence.

This easy trek was certainly less than monumental on a cold, overcast November day, so there is no great moment of discovery, no tales of awesome feats or obstacles, just a simple drive in the country…


From the Stockton area, take Highway 4 East. After about 15 minutes, you’ll reach the bustling metropolis of Farmington, a town consisting of no more than a dozen buildings or so. Through it runs the Escalon Bellota Road. Take that road North, turning left, for approximately five miles.

When you approach the confluence, you’ll come over a slight crest and will spot an old abandoned whitish house on the left-hand side. You can park in the driveway there and walk across the road towards the barbed-wire fence. Please keep children and pets in the vehicle since cars and trucks frequently travel at dangerous speeds along this stretch of county road.

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