Back 2024 Trek 9-9 Forward

Strenuous; Approximately 49 miles; Maps required: North South

Trek History: New as 9-5 in 2020; 9-5 in 2021-22; 9-11 in 2023; 9-9 in 2024

This trek offers a good mix of program along with some longer hiking days. Start your trek with a bus ride to Webster Trailhead and a short hike to Arrowhead for Ranger training and your first night on the trail. Hike with a visiting forester through the Demonstration Forest, and camp near one of Waite Phillip's cabins at the Hunting Lodge. Make your way to Sawmill the next day for 30.06 reloading and shooting. Wake up early for your hike across the 2018 Ute Park fire burn scar where you’ll be able to observe the results of this wildfire on Philmont property. At Cimarroncita, enjoy the, 3-D archery, and new laser shooting range programs. Head into the north country and enjoy a night in the Dean Canyon at Upper Dean Cow Camp. The next morning you'll pass through Head of Dean for some Challenge Course activities, then enter Baldy country for resupply at Baldy Town and a quick tour the museum before heading to Black Horse Mine Camp, where you will want to get a good night’s sleep as you prepare for your ascent of Baldy Mountain from this new trail camp. Spend a little time celebrating at the highest point on Philmont Scout Ranch before heading to Miranda to visit the fur trapper rendezvous and throw some tomahawks. Move on to your trail camp exploring this rarely touched part of the backcountry at Touch-Me-Not Creek. Take some time near the creek to ponder the flowing water and your crew’s long journey. A quick hike to Maxwell Trailhead the next morning and a longer bus ride will bring you back to where it all began…. Base Camp!

Per the Guidebook to Itineraries: "Due to potential emergencies, such as catastrophic fires, Crews must not deviate from their assigned itinerary. Changes are only permitted for bona fide medical emergencies and must be approved in advance by the Logistics Department."

Dry Camps: Black Horse Mine; Unique Campsite: Arrowhead; Hunting Lodge;
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DayCampProgram FeaturesCampsite Features
1Camping Headquarters Opening Campfire Commissary; Showers; Trading Post;  
2Arrowhead Food Pickup @ Camping HeadquartersTrail Camp; (Commissary; Showers; Trading Post; at CHQ Trailbound)

Bus to Webster Trailhead
3Hunting Lodge Western Lore / Branding @ Clarks Fork (Showers; at Clarks Fork)

Visiting Forester @ Demonstration Forest
4Sawmill Gold Mining & Panning @ Cyphers MineShowers (wood stoked);  (Showers (wood stoked); at Cyphers Mine)

Food Pickup  

30-06 Shooting/Reloading  
5Cimarroncita Conservation Project @ Sawmill (Showers (wood stoked); at Sawmill)

Laser Shooting Range  

Ute Park Pass Hike Prep  

3D Archery  
6Upper Dean CowTrail Camp; 
7Black Horse Mine Mining History @ Baldy TownTrail Camp (Always dry); (Commissary; Trading Post; Showers; at Baldy Town)

Water @ Baldy Town 

Food Pickup @ Baldy Town 

Challenge Events @ Head of Dean
8Touch-Me-Not Creek Mountain Man Rendezvous @ MirandaTrail Camp; 

Tomahawks @ Miranda 

Climb Baldy Mountain  
9Camping Headquarters Closing Campfire Commissary; Showers; Trading Post;  

Hike to Maxwell Trailhead
Warning: Itinerary details provided by PhilSearch are for planning purposes only.  Only the current year's "Treks" book and the addendums to it, if any, should be used for final trek selection.

Crews passing through staff camps are not scheduled for program. If time and space allow, some crews may be able to participate in some of the programs offered.

DayCampPotential Additional Program FeaturesCampsite Features
2Camping HeadquartersVisit the Villa PhilmonteCommissary; Showers; Trading Post;
National Scouting Museum
3Clarks ForkCowboy CampfireShowers;
Ride out from Cattle Headquarters
Ride over Schaefers Pass
Demonstration ForestObsolete
4Cyphers MineBlacksmithingShowers (wood stoked);
Mine Tour
5Sawmill30-06 Shooting/ReloadingShowers (wood stoked);
Ute Park Pass Hike Prep
Hike through 2018 Ute Park Fire Zone
CimarroncitaHike through 2018 Ute Park Fire Zone
7Baldy TownClimb Baldy MountainCommissary; Trading Post; Showers;
Tour Historic Baldy Town
Head of Deanpickup crew based challenge events
8MirandaMuzzle Loading Rifles
Climb Baldy Mountain
9Camping HeadquartersVisit the Villa PhilmonteCommissary; Showers; Trading Post;
National Scouting Museum
Ride into Cattle Headquarters
This list is not complete and is dependent on the route you take each day.