Mount Ord Trail

Payson, Arizona

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Mount Ord in the Mazatzal Mountains has a fire lookout tower as well as several communications towers. The road that accesses them is a very pleasant, short drive to the summit of Mount Ord. The lower end of the road leaves Arizona 87, the Beeline Highway, at a marked turnoff. When we mapped this trail, a second stretch of Arizona 87, to the east of the original one, was under construction. It is not known how this new section will change access to the trail. Access will be retained, but it is still unclear if the trail will only be accessed from the easternmost lanes. Special Attractions: Panoramic views of the Tonto Basin and the Four Peaks Wilderness Area; Saguaro Lake near the start of the trail and Theodore Roosevelt Lake near the end of the trail; Many hiking trails into the Four Peaks Wilderness; Easy trail that makes a good day trip from Phoenix. High-clearance vehicles are preferred, but not necessary. This trail is dirt roads, but may have rocks, grades, water crossings, or ruts that make clearance a concern in a normal passenger vehicle. The trail is fairly wide, so that passing is possible at almost any point along the trail. Mud is not a concern under normal weather conditions.

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"Mount Ord in the Mazatzal Mountains has a fire lookout tower as well as several communications towers. The road that accesses them is a very pleasant, short drive to the summit of Mount Ord. The lower end of the road leaves Arizona 87, the Beeline Highway, at a marked turnoff. When we mapped this trail, a second stretch of Arizona 87, to the east of the original one, was under construction. It is not known how this new section will change access to the trail. Access will be retained, but it is still unclear if the trail will only be accessed from the easternmost lanes.

Special Attractions: Panoramic views of the Tonto Basin and the Four Peaks Wilderness Area; Saguaro Lake near the start of the trail and Theodore Roosevelt Lake near the end of the trail; Many hiking trails into the Four Peaks Wilderness; Easy trail that makes a good day trip from Phoenix. High-clearance vehicles are preferred, but not necessary. This trail is dirt roads, but may have rocks, grades, water crossings, or ruts that make clearance a concern in a normal passenger vehicle. The trail is fairly wide, so that passing is possible at almost any point along the trail. Mud is not a concern under normal weather conditions."

Activity Type: Off-Highway Drives
Nearby City: Payson
Distance: 7.6
Trail Type: Shuttle
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: 45 minutes
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 4,200 feet
Top Elevation: 7,000 feet
Local Contacts: Tonto National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Reno Pass, Theodore Roosevelt Lake; BLM Theodore Roosevelt Lake; USFS Tonto National Forest, Mesa & Tonto Basin Ranger Districts
Driving Directions: Directions to Mount Ord Trail

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May 2018