Back Way to Mt. Ord

Fountain Hills, Arizona (Gila County)

Last Updated: 07/07/2021
4.4 / 5 ( 5 reviews )
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Status:
Impassable
Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 4.8 miles
Highest Elevation: 5814 feet
Duration: About 2 hours
Shape of Trail: Straight Through
Best Direction to Travel: North
Nearest Town: Fountain Hills
Nearest Town w/ Services: Fountain Hills
Official Road Name: 27
Management Agency: Tonto National Forest
District: Mesa Ranger District

Highlights

Highlight: Back Way to Mt. Ord
Atop Mt. Ord at nearly 7100 ft in elevation, is the Mt. Ord fire lookout. Originally placed in 1936 at 60 ft in height, the tower was replaced in 1983 and is currently approximately 102 ft tall. The original fire lookout cabin can be seen at the Rim Country Museum in Payson, Az. It makes for an interesting side trip and can be accessed by turning left/south at the intersection of FR 27 and FR 626. If the gate is open at the end of FR 626, continue on up to the end of the road, and if you're lucky, maybe you will be invited up into the tower. If the gate is closed you can hike the approximate 1 mile uphill to the tower. Also sitting atop Mt. Ord are local radio towers and amateur radio repeaters.

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Waypoints

1. Trailhead (0 mi)
There is a small staging area right off highway 87 on the right at the trailhead. This is a good spot to air down your tires. A gate is also there which must be closed after traveling through it.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Fountain Hills, Highway 87

The trailhead for FR 27 can be found approximately 42.5 miles northeast of Fountain Hills, Arizona on highway 87. The trailhead is found by turning off of highway 87 to the right/south. Highway 87 is split into 2 lanes north and south at this point. If the turn to the trailhead is missed at FR 27, the nearest turn around point is approximately 12.5 miles to the north.

Camping

Not allowed

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Bobby Nelson

Mapping Crew - Arizona

While living in the Midwest, I developed a passion for searching out new trails and hidden spots. That passion continues to this day in the beautiful southwestern United States. My wife and I are full-time RVers who travel from region to region exploring every nook and cranny we can find. While we're getting to know the locals, we gain insight into these areas, then passing on that knowledge onto our subscribers. We truly enjoy traversing long, beautiful back-country routes with epic campsites, but we equally enjoy pushing the limits on difficult rock crawling trails. Our rig was built to do everything and that's what we hope to share with our subscribers. Please visit our website https://www.xploremor.net to follow us and for opportunities to join us on our adventures. You can also view our vast video library on YouTube XPLOREMOR. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqvpVThlbR-IwMLX4tlRRcg
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