Mount Ord Wildflowers

8:30 AM Saturday morning and only 85 degrees, time to go find some wildflowers.  Headed north on 87 towards Payson, and ended up turning right on FR626 for Mount Ord. Mount Ord is in the Tonto National Forest, in the Mazatzal mountain range. Dirt road lies ahead but not a bad road. Mount Ord is named after Major General Edward Ord https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Ord. Along the way to the top I came across New Mexico Thistle, Desert Wild Buckwheat, Wild Bergamot, and Golden Columbine just to name a few.  Beautiful flowers and an overwhelming view.  Wispy clouds and a clear blue sky made for some magnificent photos.  Saw some Arizona Thistle getting ready to bloom, Century plants blooming in all stages, and squirrels galore.  The road dead ends before you can get to the top where the towers call home.  The top of the mountain is 7,129 feet.  You do get an excellent view of Roosevelt Lake and the back of the four peaks.  There are a few side roads on the way to the top. Not sure where they go but will return someday with my ATV for more exploring.  Great website regarding history of Mount Ord is https://hikearizona.com/decoder.php?ZTN=1640. (Photos taken June 10, 2017)

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