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Mount Ord to Browns Peak, AZ
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Mount Ord to Browns Peak, AZ 
Mount Ord to Browns Peak, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 06 2014
joebartels
Hiking34.06 Miles 10,848 AEG
Hiking34.06 Miles   12 Hrs   46 Mns   2.81 mph
10,848 ft AEG      39 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
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JJ got the bug to hike from Slate Creek, over Mount Ord, down to Cypress Peak then
up & down Brown's Peak.

Slate to Ord is the easiest 4k, yet the views heading up are worthy. The old road up is very smooth for hiking save one tiny rutted section. Stride is easy, you never raise your foot much and very little stabilizer muscle is used.

Ord to Cypress starts easy following the utility swath straight down. It is steep. We lucked out and didn't slip which we attributed to the soft ground from rain five days ago. We met Mark & Richard down at Reno Pass then hiked with them to Cypress. It's been a while since I'd seen Mark so it was great to cross paths again. The resilient duo gained a quarter mile lead in the blink of an eye. Never underestimate, never. The off-trail slowed us down as expected.

Cypress to Lone Pine started off as easy off-trail down to FR422 & Edwards Park. The road was a welcome sight. Overcast skies kept the sun off us most of the day. The humidity was noticeable. Temps were ten degrees cooler than expected. My frozen water wasn't thawing quick enough. Luckily jj made a cache trip yesterday. It was 9 miles away so my lack of planning made the rest of the hike more difficult than necessary.

After a nine minute break and the only five minutes I sat down all day it was time to hit up Brown's Peak. Doc Jaimie administered a chewy sweet tart and I felt mysteriously revived. Serious cramps made a debut with under a hundred feet to the top. That slowed us down a bit as I needed to hike down backwards to keep from flexing my legs.

The ride down El Oso nearly did me in. Not motion sickness, just dehydration or upset stomach. An hour or so later I ate a little and felt fine.

Several creeks along the upper hike had a lite flow. Picadilla Creek which is crossed twice on the El Oso drive were just puddles. All roads, save FR463, have been graded in the last week. They are as smooth as the terrain permits without modifying with gravel or such. FR463 albeit a mess of a road is among the most dense forest in the Mazzies!

Carried 3 quarts, consumed maybe 4. Five or six would have been optimal.
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
Not much yet. The higher elevations ( majority ) are not in season yet. Should be a good year too with the recent rains.
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