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 Little Mount Ord, AZ
Description 15 Triplogs 0 Topics
RatedFavorite   Wish List Region
 Payson South
Difficulty 1.5    Route Finding
Distance Round Trip 4 miles
Trailhead Elevation 5,620 feet
Elevation Gain 494 feet
Accumulated Gain 800 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 2 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 8
Interest Off Trail Hiking & Peak
Author Preston Sands
Descriptions 166
Routes 149
Photos 5,486
Trips 1,127 map ( 5,830 miles )
Age 37
Location Tucson, AZ
Rated Viewed All Mine Friends
19  2012-12-07 Outdoor Lover
3  2011-09-18
Mount Ord from Slate Cree
trekkin gecko
12  2010-11-07 dandrayan
13  2010-10-22 sventre
14  2008-10-04 Preston Sands
Trailhead Forecast
Historical Weather
Forest Tonto
Backpack - Possible - Not Popular
Seasons - ALL
Official Route
Alternative Routes
Nearby Hikes Area Water Sources
direct air miles away to trailhead
1.0  Mount Ord-Oak Spring Ridge
2.8  Mount Ord from Slate Creek TH
3.8  Cornucopia via E. Fork Sycamore Creek
3.9  Red Rock 4980
4.1  Little Saddle Mountain Trail #244
4.1  Black Ridge Loop - Mazatzal
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like Gilligan to the Skipper
by Preston Sands

Overview: Little Mount Ord, like its loftier neighbor Mount Ord, keeps watch over the Beeline Highway in the center of the Mazatzal Mountains. On this hike you will find wonderful views and an easy peak bag. The hike makes use of a deteriorated Forest Service road, #1688, and a short off trail stretch to bring you to the 6114 foot summit of Little Mount Ord. Although the 1688 road can be driven by a four wheel drive vehicle, doing so will likely remove a large amount of paint from your vehicle.

Hike: The hike begins at a small saddle along Forest Road #626, where Forest Road #1688 (signed) joins from the south. Begin hiking south along Forest Road #1688, which immediately passes an old cattle loading chute, and enters pine forest. At 0.1 miles is Colcord Spring, which consists of a concrete water trough above the road on the left. Just beyond the spring, the road crosses a moist drainage of sycamores and grapevines, then makes a hard right to wrap around a broad, brushy ridge, where Mount Ord and Little Mount Ord come into view. After steadily climbing through thick oak brush, the road reaches a saddle and campsite at 0.6 miles.

The hike now turns south to contour along the steep western slope of Mount Ord, and alternates between ponderosa filled gullies and open brush covered mountainside at the head of Kitty Joe Canyon. Extensive control burning in recent years has created an open forest with excellent views to the west.

At 1.6 miles, Forest Road #1688, which is more of an atv trail at this point, turns west onto the ridge connecting Mount Ord to Little Mount Ord, and arrives at a large saddle and turnaround at 1.8 miles. The rounded summit of Little Mount Ord rises on the north side of the saddle.

At the turnaround, leave the road behind and head northwest towards the summit, staying high on the brushy ridgeline. At 2.0 miles, the hike reaches Little Mount Ord's brush and juniper covered summit, where one can enjoy outstanding views of the Mazatzal Mountains, Sunflower, and the distant Phoenix valley.

Return the way you came.


    Directions Preferred Months Apr May Sep Oct
    Water / Source:Colcord Spring (maybe)-purify first!
    Preferred Start8 AM Cell Phone SignalYes Sunrise6:15am Sunset6:46pm
    Road / VehicleFR / Jeep Road -Car possible when dry
    Fees / Permit

    Tonto Pass is a forest wide permit for recreational sites and campgrounds. Typically not for trailheads.

    To hike
    From Phoenix, take state highway 87 north to the signed turnoff for Mt. Ord Road, about 0.5 miles north of mile post 222 (near Maricopa/Gila County line). Turn right, and follow Mt. Ord Road/Forest Road 626 for 2.9 miles to its junction with Forest Road 1688. (see hike description)
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    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.
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