The Ord Mountains are the most prominent range in the western Mojave desert. The highpoint of the range, Ord Mountain 6,309 feet, is the 36th most prominent peak in California with a value of P3253. The range is made of three prominent but isolated summits. West Ord 5,525 feet forms the western arm of the range, in the middle is Ord Mountain, and forming the eastern arm is East Ord Mountain 6168 feet. The Ord Mountains ara weathered rugged volcanic range made of mostly andesite and dacite. The Ord Mountains have been mined heavily for gold, silver, and copper. Throughout the range mines litter the slopes of the rugged peaks. The range was named after General O.C. Ord who lead the first survey of the Los Angeles area.
There is a summit road to Ord, but I have no information on either it being gated or private use only.
Roundtrip is 4-5 miles with +2000 feet of gain.
CampingThe Ord Mountains are managed by the Bureau of Land Management and primitive camping is allowed in the area. When camping out here be mindful of offroad vehicles driving potentially into your camp. Locate tents in a protective manner, like behind your vehicle, from potential offroad driving routes.
The San Bernardino National Forest is not very far to the south and has many campgrounds, especially in the Big Bear Lake area.
Essential GearAll the standard gear, but especially sun protection. Also extra water and food due to the remote nature of the dirt roads encountered. A breakdown could be a long nervous wait.
External LinksFor more information on the Ord Mountain Route Network go to this BLM link.
For a interesting webpage on mining history in the Ord Mountains and San Bernardino County go to Empire.net.
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