Back 2024 Trek 9-14 Forward

Super Strenuous; Approximately 56 miles; Maps required: North South

Trek History: New as 9-14 in 2024; New as 9-14 in 2024;

Be among the first adventurers to camp in the Ute Park Fire burn scar on this itinerary that offers plenty of program opportunities and some serious hiking! You and your Ranger will board a bus at the Welcome Center for a ride to the Ponil Trailhead. Make your way through Ponil as you head to Flume Canyon for your first night in the backcountry. The next morning head to Pueblano where you will get the chance to climb a spar pole and attend the Continental Tie and Lumber Company meeting that evening. Next on the agenda is a stop at French Henry for blacksmithing, gold panning, and a mine tour before hiking on to Ewells Park. Get a good night’s sleep and an early start the next day for your summit of Philmont’s highest peak, Baldy Mountain! Enjoy the view and then head down to Baldy Town for some mining history. Take on the challenge course the next day at Head of Dean. You’ll want to be up with the sun the next morning when you make your way through Cimarroncita for the Laser Range and 3-D Archery on your way to Minnette Meadows where you’ll get the chance to see how Philmont is beginning to recover from the 2018 fire. A trip up and over Ute Park Pass is part of your next day as you head deeper into the burn scar to Harlan for 12 gauge shotgun reloading and shooting. Make your way to the Turkey Creek trailhead the next morning to catch a ride back to Camping Headquarters. The crew will be able to celebrate a “job well done” at the closing campfire.

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."

Unique Campsite: Flume Canyon; Ewells Park; Ewells Park; Minnette Meadows;
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DayCampProgram FeaturesCampsite Features
1Camping Headquarters Opening Campfire Commissary; Showers; Trading Post;  
2Flume Canyon Ranger Training Trail Camp; 

Western Lore / Branding @ PonilCommissary; Trading Post; Showers;

Cantina @ Ponil 

Food Pickup @ Camping HeadquartersCommissary; Showers; Trading Post;

Bus to Ponil Trailhead
3Pueblano Conservation Project @ Elkhorn (Trail Camp; at Elkhorn)

spar pole climbing  

Tie making / Crosscut Saws  

4Ewells Park Mine Tour @ French HenryTrail Camp; 

Blacksmithing @ French Henry 

Gold Mining & Panning @ French Henry 
5Ewells Park Mining History @ Baldy TownTrail Camp; (Commissary; Trading Post; Showers; at Baldy Town)

Assaying @ Baldy Town 

Food Pickup @ Baldy Town 

Climb Baldy Mountain  
6Head of Dean Challenge Events  
7Minnette Meadows 3D Archery @ CimarroncitaTrail Camp; 

Laser Shooting Range @ Cimarroncita 

Water @ Cimarroncita 

Food Pickup @ Cimarroncita 
8Harlan 12 Gauge Shotgun shooting/reloading  
9Camping Headquarters Closing Campfire Commissary; Showers; Trading Post;  

Hike to Turkey Creek 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
2PonilCantina ShowCommissary; Trading Post; Showers;
Climb Hart Peak
Cowboy Action Shooting
Circle Ride
Wrangler Training
Camping HeadquartersVisit the Villa PhilmonteCommissary; Showers; Trading Post;
National Scouting Museum
3PueblanoContinental Tie & Lumber
5Baldy TownClimb Baldy MountainCommissary; Trading Post; Showers;
Tour Historic Baldy Town
6Head of Deanpickup crew based challenge events
7CimarroncitaUte Park Pass Hike Prep
Hike through 2018 Ute Park Fire Zone
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.