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Mount Ord from Slate Creek TH, AZ
2008-06-0230 by
 
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Payson, AZ
 
Hiking15.50 Miles   8 Hrs   30 Mns    1.82 mph
4,108 ft AEG   
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I did this hike in sections throughout the day, to try and beat the heat of early June. I camped out the night before in the bed of my truck at the FR 626/FR 27 road junction, then set off hiking on Monday morning. I hiked down FR 27 to the top of the Ord Mine area, thoroughly enjoying the views and of being in my favorite mountains. The return hike was a river of sweat, and of taking advantage of sparse shade when possible. Got back to my truck, cooled off for a bit, reloaded on water, then headed for the summit of Ord. Had a late lunch on top of the peak, enjoying a cool breeze, sweet views, and ladybugs by the millions. Stopped to see how the fire cabin was holding up (my boy scout eagle project), then headed back down to my truck. I drove some side roads on Mt. Ord that I hadn't been on in years, testing out the 4wd, and pin striping my truck. That evening, I drove down to the bottom of Slate Creek, and hiked up to the Ord Mine's first mill site. Explored a few mine trails, watched the sun set over the rolling green ridges, and located the Ord Mine's main adit, concealed behind a huge sugar sumac tree, next to FR 27. I hiked back to my truck at dusk. After being beaten by FR 27 by getting my truck stuck there in 2000, it was nice to finally conquer the Slate Creek route. My verdict: it's way easier (and probably faster) to hike FR 27 than to drive it!
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Give me Mr. Sun and a little coolin' breeze, and a long highway to do with as I please. -David Dudley
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