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Details for Benchmark: GP0618

N 36° 36.585 W 111° 38.670 (NAD 83)

Altitude: 6660

Coordinates may not be exact. Altitude is VERTCON and location is ADJUSTED. (more info)

Location:
In COCONINO county, AZ View Original Datasheet
Designation:
BITTER
Marker Type:
triangulation station disk
Setting:
in rock outcrop
Stability:
Most reliable and expected to hold position/elevation well.

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Recovered in good condition.

We turned off Hwy 89 onto a dirt road heading SE and kept following the map choosing the best roads going in the right direction. We got about 4/10 of a mile from the station and the road we were on ended. We hiked cross-country and up to the top of the ridge. About 50 feet from the station mark we crossed another road (in pretty good condition. no less). We could have driven right to this one if we had known which road to take.

When I was getting ready to take the pictures of the disks I found I had left the cornstarch in the truck!

[Photos:]
photoBITTER in northen AZ
photoBITTER RM2
photoBITTER RM2 view to station mark
Station is at Shirley's feet.
photoBITTER RM4
photoBITTER RM4 view to station mark
photoBITTER view to Shinumo Altar
Shinumo Altar is on the horizon.
photoBITTER view to the NW
photoBITTER view to the Vermillion Cliffs
photoBITTER looking over the edge to the NW
photoBITTER looking over the edge to the SW
photoBITTER - the benchmarking crew
Introducing friends to benchmark hunting.
photoBitter as seen from Hwy 89

Documented History (by the NGS)

1/1/1934 by CGS (MONUMENTED)
DESCRIBED BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1934 (CP) STATION IS LOCATED ABOUT 8 FEET EAST OF THE FACE OF THE EDGE OF THE CLIFF, 17 MILES AIRLINE NORTH OF CEDAR RIDGE TRADING POST, AND ABOUT 1 MILE EAST OF U.S. HIGHWAY 89. REACHED FROM CEDAR RIDGE TRADING POST BY GOING NORTH ON U.S. HIGHWAY 89 FOR 19.0 MILES, OR 1.6 MILES AFTER CROSSING THE BRIDGE OVER TANNERS WASH, TURN RIGHT ACROSS COUNTRY (EAST) GO 1.0 MILE TO THE BASE OF THE MOUNTAIN, FROM THIS POINT FOLLOW THE TRAIL TO THE NORTH AND EAST TO THE RIDGE, THENCE SOUTH AND WEST ALONG THE RIDGE FOR ABOUT 2 MILES TO HIGHEST POINT IN THE IMMEDIATE VICINITY AND STATION. 2 HOURS PACK. AZIMUTH MARK IS ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF THE FIRST KNOLL 1/4 MILE NORTH OF THE STATION. SURFACE AND REFERENCE MARKS NOS. 1 AND 2 ARE SET AS DESCRIBED.
1/1/1953 by CGS (GOOD)
RECOVERY NOTE BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1953 (LGT) STATION MARK, REFERENCE MARK NO. 2 AND REFERENCE MARK NO. 3 (AZIMUTH MARK) WERE RECOVERED AND FOUND IN GOOD CONDITION. REFERENCE MARK NO. 1 HAS BEEN DESTROYED. A NEW REFERENCE MARK, NO. 4 WAS ESTABLISHED. THE 1934 DESCRIPTION OF THE ROUTE TO STATION IS ADEQUATE, HOWEVER, THE STATION MAY BE REACHED WITH A 4-WHEEL DRIVE VEHICLE. THE COMPLETE DESCRIPTION FOLLOWS-- STATION IS ABOUT 17 MILES NORTH OF THE CEDAR RIDGE TRADING POST AND 1-1/4 MILES EAST-NORTHEAST OF THE BRIDGE OVER TANNERS WASH ON U.S. HIGHWAY 89. IT IS ON NAVAJO INDIAN RESERVATION LANON A HIGH RIMROCK WITH SCATTERED GROWTHS OF JUNIPERS ON THE SLOPES TO THE EAST AND NORTHEAST ALONG THE RIDGE FORMING THE RIM. THE STATION LOCATION IS VISIBLE FROM THE BRIDGE OVER TANNERS WASH. THE POINT IS ABOUT 8 FEET EAST OF THE FACE OF THE CLIFF. TO REACH FROM THE CEDAR RIDGE TRADING POST, ON U.S. HIGHWAY 89, GO EASTERLY ON THE OLD TRACK ROAD UP THROUGH THE GAP IN THE RIMROCK FOR 2.5 MILES TO FORKS AT THE SUMMIT OF THE SANDY, GRASS AND JUNIPER-COVERED MESA. (NOTE--THERE ARE NUMEROUS ROADS FORMING THE FOLLOWING JUNCTIONS). TAKE RIGHT FORK FOR 0.05 MILE THEN TAKE LEFT FORK, EAST-NORTHEAST, FOR 2.45 MILES TO FORKS. CONTINUE STRAIGHT AHEAD ON THE RIGHT FORK, KEEPING ON THE MAIN ROAD WHICH IS VERY SANDY AND WITH THE DEEPEST RUTS, FOR 10.2 MILES TO FORKS. KEEP RIGHT FORK FOR 2.1 MILES TO A DIM CROSSROAD WHERE SEVERAL TRACKS LEAD OFF TO THE LEFT, WESTWARD. CONTINUE NORTHERLY ON THE MAIN ROAD FOR 0.4 MILE TO A DIM ROAD ON THE LEFT. TURN LEFT AND FOLLOW DIM ROAD WEST-NORTHWEST FOR 0.5 MILE TO AN INDIAN ROCK HOGAN ON THE RIGHT AND CORRALS ON THE LEFT. KEEP ON LEFT SIDE OF HOGAN AND CONTINUE ON DIM ROAD NORTHWESTERLY, FOR 0.9 MILE TO A LONE CORRAL ON THE RIGHT. CONTINUE ON DIM ROAD WHICH SWINGS BACK TO THE LEFT, WEST-SOUTHWEST, UP DRAW ALONG THE LEFT SIDE OF A PROMINENT OUTCROPPING LEDGE-ROCK FORMATION, FOR 1.8 MILES TO A Y-FORK INTERSECTION. TAKE RIGHT FORK, WEST-NORTHWEST, FOR 1 MILE TO A REVERSE Y-FORK AND CROSSROAD. CONTINUE STRAIGHT AHEAD ON LEFT FORK FOR 0.05 MILE TO FORKS. KEEP LEFT FORK, MAIN ROAD, NORTHWEST, FOR 0.1 MILE TO A CROSSROAD AND FORKS. KEEP LEFT FORK FOR 1.35 MILES TO A DIM FORK. TAKE RIGHT FORK FOR 0.6 MILE TO OLD CORRALS ON THE LEFT. CONTINUE STRAIGHT AHEAD FOR 0.5 MILE TO A TRAIL INTERSECTION AND END OF ROAD. THIS POINT IS AT A LARGE SMOOTH ROCK FORMATION NEAR TWO SMALL PINE TREES, TRIMMED, ONE ON THE RIGHT AND ONE ON THE LEFT SIDE OF THE ROAD. KEEP STRAIGHT AHEAD ON JEEP TRACKS UP SANDY, SAGE-COVERED RIDGE, WESTERLY, FOR 0.9 MILE TO THE BASE OF THE DRIFTING SAND DUNES. BEAR TO THE RIGHT INTO EDGE OF JUNIPERS THENCE LEFT, WEST AND SOUTHWEST, UP ROCKY SLOPES, WINDING THROUGH THE JUNIPERS, FOR ABOUT 0.8 MILE TO THE HIGHEST POINT AND STATION. THIS IS A 2-1/2 HOUR JEEP DRIVE FROM CEDAR RIDGE. THE STATION MAY BE REACHED FROM CEDAR RIDGE TRADING POST BY GOING NORTH ON U.S. HIGHWAY 89 FOR 19 MILES TO A POINT 1.6 MILES BEYOND THE BRIDGE OVER TANNERS WASH. TURN RIGHT, EAST, ACROSS COUNTRY FOR 1 MILE TO THE BASE OF THE MOUNTAIN RANGE AND THE END OF TRUCK TRAVEL. FOLLOW THE TRAIL TO THE NORTH AND EAST TO THE TOP OF THE RIDGE, THENCE SOUTH AND WEST ALONG THE RIDGE FOR ABOUT 2 MILES TO THE HIGHEST POINT AND STATION. STATION AND ALL MARKS ARE STANDARD DISKS CEMENTED IN DRILL HOLES IN BEDROCK AS DESCRIBED. STATION MARK, STAMPED BITTER 1934, IS SET IN A SLOPING ROCK FORMATION. REFERENCE MARK 2, STAMPED BITTER NO 2 1934, IS ABOUT 1 FOOT LOWER THAN STATION. REFERENCE MARK 4, STAMPED BITTER NO 4 1953 1934, IS ABOUT 3 FEET LOWER THAN THE STATION. REFERENCE MARK 3 (AZIMUTH MARK), IS STAMPED BITTER NO 3 1934. IT IS ON THE SOUTH SLOPE OF THE FIRST KNOLL ABOUT 0.2 MILE NORTH OF THE STATION. MARKED BY A CAIRN.
1/1/1954 by USGS (GOOD)
RECOVERY NOTE BY US GEOLOGICAL SURVEY 1954 RECOVERED IN GOOD CONDITION.
1/1/1972 by AZHD (SEE DESCRIPTION)
RECOVERY NOTE BY ARIZONA HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT (NOW AZDT) 1972 GENERAL LOCATION ABOUT 17 MILES AIRLINE N. OF CEDAR RIDGE TRADING POST AND ABOUT 1 MILE E OF HWY. 89. TO REACH AS PER USC AND GS DESCRIPTIONS AND RECOVERY NOTES. STATION MARK STD USC AND GS BC STAMPED BITTER 1934. REFERENCE MARKS STD USC AND GS BCS STAMPED BITTER NO 2 1934 AND BITTER NO 4 1953 COND. GOOD. AZIMUTH MARK NOT OBSERVED.
1/1/1983 by AZDT (GOOD)
RECOVERY NOTE BY ARIZONA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION 1983 (GH) THE STATION MARK, REFERENCE MARKS AND AZIMUTH MARK WERE RECOVERED AS DESCRIBED. A NEW ROUTE TO THE STATION FOLLOWS. TO REACH THE STATION FROM THE POST OFFICE IN PAGE TRAVEL NORTH 0.1 MILE ALONG ELM STREET TO LAKE POWELL BLVD. TURN LEFT FOR 1.2 MILES TO THE JUNCTION OF U.S. HIGHWAYS 89L AND 89. TURN LEFT AND TRAVEL SOUTH ALONG U.S. 89 FOR 20.2 MILES TO MILE POST 527.8 AND A TRAIL ROAD ON THE LEFT JUST BEFORE REACHING A LARGE HIGHWAY CUT. TURN LEFT KEEPING TO THE LEFT TRAIL ROAD FOR 0.75 MILE TO A TRAIL ROAD JUNCTION, CONTINUE SOUTH FOR 0.85 MILE TO A FORK. TAKE THE RIGHT FORK 0.05 MILE TO A T ROAD. TURN RIGHT AND TRAVEL WEST FOR 0.05 MILE TO A SIDE ROAD LEFT, TURN LEFT AND TRAVEL SOUTH FOR 0.55 MILE TO A FORK. TAKE RIGHT FORK FOR 0.1 MILE TO A FORK, CONTINUE STRAIGHT AHEAD FOR 0.65 MILE TO A FORK, TAKE LEFT FORK FOR 2.15 MILE TO A FORK, TAKE RIGHT FORK 0.15 MILE TO THE AZIMUTH MARK ON THE RIGHT 300 FEET WEST. TRAVEL AHEAD TO THE STATION ON THE HIGH POINT.

Control Text

  • The horizontal coordinates were established by classical geodetic methods and adjusted by the National Geodetic Survey in August 1993.
  • The NAVD 88 height was computed by applying the VERTCON shift value to the NGVD 29 height (displayed under SUPERSEDED SURVEY CONTROL.)
  • The Laplace correction was computed from DEFLEC99 derived deflections.
  • The geoid height was determined by GEOID99.

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