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Aug 22 2009
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 Joined Oct 29 2005
 Scottsdale, AZ
Mount Ord from Bushnell Tanks THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 22 2009
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Hiking20.86 Miles 3,284 AEG
Hiking20.86 Miles   10 Hrs   15 Mns   2.04 mph
3,284 ft AEG
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With the cooler weather in Phoenix, I decided to hike somewhere closer to home. I wanted to further explore the Bushnell Tanks / MT Ord area to find the elusive alternate route to the peak of MT Ord. I started off on FR 22 and then branched off on FR524. Along the way I went past a watermelon patch. I found some wild Arizona watermelons! Either way would have taken me to the backside of MT Ord. I took the route than I knew (FR 524) I climbed a bit and saw an old trail/road across a gully about 1/2 mile out. None of my maps showed this road and the terrain was very open with very little vegetation, so I did an easy bushwhack over and found an old mine shaft. The road ended there. I noticed on my GPS that FR 22/trail was another .6 mile bushwhack from where I was, so I gave it a go. This bushwhack was a bit more harder. Cat's claw made it's appearance. I made it to the road and it was an OK hike to the back side of MT Ord. Along the way I passed another road at the Reno pass. This road I called it "Reno Pass" road. It looked very well defined, but it went away from MT Ord. I would come back and hike this later. By this point, I was back on FR 524 and saw a very well maintained road in the distance. This well defined road wound up being FR 524. I found out that FR 524 go down to 188, right by Pumpkin Center. The road was grated to an electrical pull box. This must be the power that feeds the towers on top of Mt.Ord. I could see an old cut going straight up the mountain side. That must have been the buried power cables. I was dropping elevation and gained heat, so I turned around and headed back to the Reno pass road.

The Reno Pass road was very well defined and climbed to 5,000 feet. One thing that was interesting was that the Reno Pass road was almost exactly on top of the county border according to my GPS. All of a sudden, Reno Pass road disappeared. I walked about 100 more and to my surprise I found a cairn! Then another and another. After about 4 cairns, I was at an overlook looking down on Pumpkin Center. Through out the day it was raining off and on. The rain stopped and the sun came out so, I had lunch. I looked around a bit, but I couldn't find any other cairns or trails.

I started to head back. I hit the intersection of FR 524 & FR 22/trail and decided to try to take FR22/trail back to the other intersection to make it loop. Well this didn't pan out at all. The road's been abandoned for such a long time that nature's taking it. After about 2 miles, the road turned into a trail and this trail was so overgrown, that I had to rely on my GPS 100% of way back. Also at this point it started pouring rain. So I had to deal with fields of cat's claw, rain and trying to keep on trail that was not there. I was soaked and all cut up by the time the 'trail' turned back into a road. I won't take that FR22/trail ever again.

Even with the stress of not being able to se a trail and getting all cut up, it still was a fun hike and I'm getting to know the area a little better.
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May 03 2009
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Mount Ord from Bushnell Tanks THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 03 2009
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Hiking20.40 Miles 4,448 AEG
Hiking20.40 Miles   10 Hrs      2.04 mph
4,448 ft AEG
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This was a challenging hike. Out of the 20 miles, about 7~8 of them were bushwhacking. I'm going to do some more research and see if I can figure where the road from Pumpkin center goes to. I would like to be able to hike from the Bushnell Tanks over to MT. Ord all on trails and roads. The hike started out a bit warm, but at 7,000 feet, the temps turned a bit coolish. We did see a coyote or a fox skeleton on the hike. We saw no other people for the entire day. The Bushnell tanks area is a cool area to go check things out.
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average hiking speed 2.04 mph

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