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Mt. Ord Day Hike
Mazatzal Mountains
April 27, 2017
by Bill Zimmermann
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group
Trailblazers gather at Slate Creek.
Yanis, Bill, Tom, Gary, Herm, Debbie, Mohammed, Carol, Scott, Chris

Crazy start. The closing of the Bush highway due to the Cactus Fire meant changing the meeting place from Power to Shea. Gary showed up at Leisure World without his backpack. Gerry did not get the e-mail noting the change.

Adjustments were made, group picture taken, and at 7:04, ten hikers started the long walk. Five minutes and 200 feet into the hike, Gerry’s vehicle pulled into the trailhead.

hikers
The road is fairly smooth here. [photo by Tom]
picture
Pricklypoppy.
tree
Now if I were the last tree ...
horned
Horned toad captures our attention.
bright
Bright vegetation. [photo by Mohammed]

The plan was to walk your pace with a brief re-group at “RX”. Tom and Yanis continued. After joining Herm, the group waited 10 minutes and at 9:30 continuing on. Herm stopped to rest at the gate. Nine of continued the last 400 feet to the top.

group
Gerry and eight others made it to the top.

At the towers we looked for warm and windless places to eat our lunch. After another group picture we took one last gaze at the scenery below, before we headed down.

break
Let’s take a break. [photo by Debbie]
picture
Hedgehog cactus has colorful blossoms. [photo by Mohammed]
view
What a view! [photo by Debbie]
lizard
Horned toad. [photo by Debbie]
Bill
FCC Licensed. [photo by Mohammed]
Herm
Herm finds a spot. [photo by Mohammed]
Bill
Hmmm, this seems to be the right place.
grass
No snake in the grass, around here. [photo by Mohammed]

We met Herm and Carol at the gate. At about one o’clock the clouds came in. The temperature was comfortable and lessened the need for extra stashed water. Good, as some of us could not find our stashes.

At 2:20 the last of the hikers returned to the vehicles.

15.35 miles, +-4151 feet.

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updated April 30, 2017