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Ascent of Peak 4948 ft. Ord Mountains on 1996-04-10

Climber: Richard Carey

Date:Wednesday, April 10, 1996
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Peak 4948 ft. Ord Mountains
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:1508 m / 4948 ft

Ascent Trip Report

This range is the smaller of the two Ord Mountain ranges in San Bernardino county. The larger is some 30 miles to the northeast. Like the other range, the name probably comes from General Edward O. C. Ord a distinguished general in the Civil War. In 1849 he made the first official survey of the city of Los Angeles. A number of mining claims in the larger Ord Mountain range were named for General Ord by a prospector who may have served under the General. (Gudde, p. 230)

The Ord Mountains are located on Bureau of Land Management property that is open for public use. Vehicle travel is limited to existing roads. For information and maps contact the BLM office in Barstow at: 831 Barstow Road, Barstow, CA 92311. Phone: (619) 256-8617

The Ord Mountains can be reached from Interstate 15 by taking the Bear Valley Road exit which is about 3 miles south of Victorville. Head east on Bear Valley Road for 9.8 miles and turn right (south) on Central Road. Go south for 3.4 miles and turn left on Roundup Way. Continue on Roundup Way for 2.0 miles and turn right on Japatul Road. After 0.35 miles turn right on Valley Road which turns left in about 100 ft. and becomes Juniper Flats Road. Reset your odometer here and note the following features on this good graded dirt road: after 1.9 miles cross a cattle guard with a BLM sign on your right. At 2.3 miles turn left at a "T" intersection and at 3.2 miles stay right at a 3-way divide. At 3.9 miles go straight at a junction. At 4.6 miles turn right into a mine area and park. UTM here is: 482970E, 3804875N (NAD27). The high point is about 0.5 mile to the northwest up the slopes. The elevation gain is about 400 ft. across easy terrain and the hike takes about 20 minutes. Look for the benchmark Juniper Aux. at the top which is not shown on the 1980 topo map. 4/96 RLC
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