High scenic views as you climb 7,128-ft. Mount Ord to a Forest Service lookout tower. A locked gate requires that you hike the last 0.6 miles to the tower. Views are impressive at ground level at the base of the tower. Look for a great camp spot along first part of F.S. 626. Coming down, you’ll pass through Ord Mine as the trail winds along the mountainside. Route is open to unlicensed vehicles.
Submitted by Russ
We did this trail backward starting with the “intermediate” section first. Our group had 10 Jeeps of highly experienced drivers. The trail is extremely washed out due to recent monsoons! It was literally a game of inches conquering a washout or plunging to your death hundreds of feet below. We had to turn back after nearly 3 miles of the trail due to impassible conditions. It took us almost 8 hours to drive 6 miles!!! DO NOT GO!
Tonto National Forest has removed the temporary closure due to the fires for this trail. Road conditions may have changed, don’t go alone.
Submitted by Trent Anson
The road out (that is rated moderate – which it is) on the Mt. Ord trail is severely washed out and narrow now. It got pretty sketchy at times. If you’re afraid of heights this isn’t the trail for you.
Took This trip on April 1, 2018. This was a very fun trail, our group of friends and family, &...See More