Little Mount Ord, like its loftier neighbor Mount Ord, keeps watch over the Beeline Highway in the center of the Mazatzal Mountains. On this hike you will find wonderful views and an easy peak. The hike makes use of a deteriorated Forest Service road, #1688, and a short off trail stretch to bring you to the 6114 foot summit of Little Mount Ord.
Here is a report with photos from someone's hike:
Since we have not done this hike before, this hike information is copied from this description:
There is much more information and photos there too.
The hike begins at a small saddle along Forest Road #626, where Forest Road #1688 (signed) joins from the south. Begin hiking south along Forest Road #1688, which immediately passes an old cattle loading chute, and enters pine forest. At 0.1 miles is Colcord Spring, which consists of a concrete water trough above the road on the left. Just beyond the spring, the road crosses a moist drainage of sycamores and grapevines, then makes a hard right to wrap around a broad, brushy ridge, where Mount Ord and Little Mount Ord come into view. After steadily climbing through thick oak brush, the road reaches a saddle and campsite at 0.6 miles.
The hike now turns south to contour along the steep western slope of Mount Ord, and alternates between ponderosa filled gullies and open brush covered mountainside at the head of Kitty Joe Canyon. Extensive control burning in recent years has created an open forest with excellent views to the west.
At 1.6 miles, Forest Road #1688, which is more of an atv trail at this point, turns west onto the ridge connecting Mount Ord to Little Mount Ord, and arrives at a large saddle and turnaround at 1.8 miles. The rounded summit of Little Mount Ord rises on the north side of the saddle.
At the turnaround, leave the road behind and head northwest towards the summit, staying high on the brushy ridgeline. At 2.0 miles, the hike reaches Little Mount Ord's brush and juniper covered summit, where one can enjoy outstanding views of the Mazatzal Mountains, Sunflower, and the distant Phoenix valley.
Return the way you came.
Our hikes are generally at a pace conducive to social banter of interest to heathens, and allowing for time for photography of the local geology and wildlife. Expect this hike to last 2-3 hours.
Distance: 4 miles
Time: 2-3 hrs.
Trailhead Elevation: 5260 ft.
Elevation gain: 494 ft..
Parking: dirt pull out. . . no facilities
Entry fees: none
Dogs: OK on leash
Always carry and drink plenty of water!
Sunscreen and insect repellent is advised.
Supportive footwear is also advisable.
SAFETY FIRST… we have no medical provisions.
Hike at your own risk.
TO GET THERE: From Phoenix, take state highway 87 north to the signed turnoff for Mt. Ord Road, about 0.5 miles north of mile post 222 (near Maricopa/Gila County line). Turn right, and follow Mt. Ord Road/Forest Road 626 for 2.9 miles to its junction with Forest Road 1688.
Google says the trail head is
… 66 minutes I-10 & 51… 61 miles
… 62 minutes from the 60 & 101… 55 miles
... 72 minutes from the 101 & I-17 ... 64 miles (via Shea)
MESSAGE FOR CARPOOLERS:
Carpooling can save gas money but also enhance the social experience. If you’d like to carpool, you must contact others for arrangements. You could email members or post comments on this announcement page.
Following the hike: We will reconvene in Payson or Rye for rehydration and food.
This is the first of what may be from 1-5 hikes over 1-4 days depending on each individual hiker’s preferences.
Hikers participating in several hikes are encouraged to use overnight lodging in Payson to long tiring drives to/from Phoenix.
For those of you who like to camp, a convenient campground is
It is $20 a night for 2 people on one tent spot. 3 night minimum. Pool, showers, bathrooms.
Dogs are allowed.
You have to call them to make reservations.
Fairly inexpensive hotels I found include:
Quality Inn . . DOG FRIENDLY
801 N Beeline Highway
Payson, AZ, US, 85541