Little Mount Ord, AZ

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Distance Round Trip 4 miles
Trailhead Elevation 5,620 feet
Elevation Gain 494 feet
Accumulated Gain 800 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 2 hours
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by PrestonSands

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 a 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.

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2008-10-18 PrestonSands
    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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    FR / Jeep Road - Car possible when dry

    To hike
    From Phoenix, take state highway 87 north to the signed turnoff for Mt. Ord Road, about 0.5 miles north of milepost 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)
    page created by PrestonSands on Oct 18 2008 7:56 pm
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