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Mount Ord from 626 TH, AZ

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Difficulty 3.5 of 5
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Distance Round Trip 11.8 miles
Trailhead Elevation 4,682 feet
Elevation Gain 2,446 feet
Accumulated Gain 2,725 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 4.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 25.43
 Interest Historic & Peak
 Backpack Possible - Not Popular
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Location Fountain Hills, AZ
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Sun  6:14am - 6:23pm
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🔥 2020 Bush Fire193.5k
🔥 2012 Sunflower Fire16.1k
🔥 1976 Ord Fire5.7k
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Ord Lite
by DixieFlyer

This hike goes to the summit of Mount Ord (elevation of 7,128 feet and prominence of 2,408 feet), which is northeast of Phoenix in the Mazatzal Mountains. The entirety of this hike is on well-graded forest roads.

Mount Ord is named for Major General Edward Otho Cresap Ord, who commanded U.S. troops in Arizona in 1869. Ord was noted for an uncompromising attitude toward the Apache.
[Source: Arizona's Names (X Marks the Place) by Byrd Howell Granger]

This is about as straightforward of a hike that you will do. From the 626 TH, take FR 626 all the way to the summit.

The first 3.2 miles of the hike to a junction with FR 27 are in a northeast direction. At that point, the road goes south to the summit. At the 5.1 mile mark, you will come to a locked gate, beyond which authorized vehicles only are allowed. However, hikers can continue on the road past this gate. At the 5.5-mile mark you will come to a fork in the road; take the right fork for another 0.4 miles to the summit. At this fork, there is a sign pointing right for the Mount Ord Fire Lookout. As you continue past the fork toward the summit, if you look to your right you have some nice views of Horseshoe Reservoir and Bartlett Reservoir.

The summit has some nice views to the south of Four Peaks and Roosevelt Lake, and to the east of the Sierra Ancha range. The Mount Ord highpoint is underneath the Fire Lookout Tower at the summit.

As described, this is an out-and-back hike so reverse your steps to get back to the trailhead.

Being a road walk, this is not the most exciting hike in the world. However, it has decent mileage/elevation gain along with a good surface to walk on, so it is a good workout hike. The elevation is high enough that you can escape some of the Phoenix heat in the summertime with an early start.

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Gate Policy: If a gate is closed upon arrival, leave it closed after you go through. If it is open, leave it open. Leaving a closed gate open may put cattle in danger. Closing an open gate may cut them off from water. Please be respectful, leave gates as found. The exception is signage on the gate directing you otherwise.

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2023-07-24 DixieFlyer
    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 / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

    To hike
    This hike starts and ends at the 626 Trailhead, which is on FR 626 about one mile from Highway 87. GPS coordinates for the TH are: 33.91723, -111.44276

    From Phoenix, take Highway 87, aka the Beeline Highway, north towards Payson. Travel on Highway 87 for 34 miles past Shea Blvd in Fountain Hills, and make a right turn on FR 626. The turn is at the crest of a hill and there is a sign that says "Mount Ord" that is pointing to the right. Travel for one mile on FR 626 and park at an unsigned parking lot on the right side of the road. The parking lot is large enough for 10-12 cars, and perhaps more. FR 626 is paved for the first half mile and is gravel thereafter. The road is generally well-graded and is suitable for most vehicles with at least a bit of clearance. There may be a dip or two in the road, so sedans should drive slowly.
    page created by DixieFlyer on Jul 24 2023 11:42 am

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