Double Cone Quarterly
A Window on the Wilderness
Fall Equinox 2001 || Volume IV, Number 3

M A P   M A N I A !

Test Your Topographic Know-How

Phil Williamson

Seems like we went a bit over the top with last issue's Map Mania: we got only two correct responses, a pretty dismal showing. We find it hard to believe that this is because our puzzles were too difficult. We prefer to assume that all you mapheads out there were either hiding from the law, laid up in traction, conducting research in Antarctica or otherwise too busy to try your hand at what was really an only moderately difficult challenge. So we've decided to give you another chance.

This time in addition to the familiar map snippets we're presenting another Digital Elevation Model (DEM) and another aerial photo. This aerial should be a little easier to ID than the last one. Is this puzzle a bit more reasonable? Let us know what you think.

When you've got it all straightened out, send your list of answers via email to . The first one to correctly identify all the locations will be entitled to a copy of the Wilderness Handbook , and can expect one of these fine and super-informative booklets in the mailbox shortly after humiliating the competition. So pull out all those dog-eared topos of yours and get to work!

Last issue's Map Mania answers:

Snippet 1: Western Lost Valley, Showing the Lost Valley Trail and Higgins Creek: Tassajara Hot Springs 7.5' USGS quad, Sec. 30 & 31, T20S R4E.

Snippet 2: Doolan's Hole: Ventana Cones 7.5' USGS quad, Sec. 21, T19S R2E.

Snippet 3: Upper drainage of Lucia Creek, approximately 0.7 mi. E-SE of Junipero Serra Peak: Junipero Serra Peak 7.5' USGS quad.

DEM 1: Lopez Point 7.5' USGS Quad

  • 1. Gamboa Point
  • 2. Lopez Point
  • 3. Lucia

DEM 2: Cone Peak 7.5' USGS Quad

  • 1. The Indians
  • 2. Avila Ranch
  • 3. Cone Peak

Aerial Photo: Pine Valley.



Below you'll find three snippets from the various 7.5' USGS topographic quads that cover the northern Santa Lucia. Each snippet represents a unique and describable place somewhere on the Monterey Ranger District of the Los Padres National Forest. Identifying text may or may not have been removed from any or all of the snippets to enhance the difficulty of your task. We're not here to make things easy for you!

You know the drill: describe the location of each of the snippets as best you can, using either actual placenames or your best geographic description.

snip2.jpg SNIPPET 2 snip3.jpg SNIPPET 3



Below is a Digital Elevation Model (DEM) of part of a USGS 7.5' quad showing a an area lying mostly within the Ventana Wilderness. The view direction is north. Identify by name the geographical features indicated at points 1 and 2 and the locations indicated by the arrows at points 3 and 4.




Below is an aerial photograph of a well-known location in the Ventana Wilderness area. To make it a little easier we've included the Section lines and Section number (in red) which are shown on the USGS quad covering the area. North is at the top of the image. Identify the place indicated by the arrow by name.


OK, think you have it all figured out? Email your answers to us at As always, we welcome your comments, suggestions, praise and abuse. Drop us a line.


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