Mount Ord Lookout

You'll love the views from 7,128 feet.

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4 Hours
Technical Rating
5 / 10
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Trail Overview
Mount Ord Lookout
Climb all the way up Mount Ord to a fun Forest Service lookout tower for an amazing view. This trail is popular with hikers, so be on the lookout. To actually reach the tower, you'll have a .6 mile hike beyond a locked gate. As you come down, you'll pass Ord Mine. This route allows unlicensed vehicles.
Mount Ord is the second highest mountain in the Mazatzal Range of central Arizona. The tower was built by the Forest Service in 1983. It is manned from late April through August. For liability reasons, a sign at the tower says “VISITORS ARE REQUESTED NOT TO CLIMB”; however, if ranger is present, he may let you come up.
Getting There
Take Highway 87 north and turn right on road marked Sycamore Creek/Mount Ord, located 0.6 miles past mile marker 222. The turn comes up fast and is easy to miss. Entrance is marked with sign that says “DEAD END.”
Contact for Current Conditions
Tonto N.F.
Mesa and Tonto Basin Ranger Districts
(480) 610-3300