Back 2024 Trek 9-15 Forward

Super Strenuous; Approximately 70 miles; Maps required: North South

Trek History: New as 9-11 in 2020; 9-11 in 2021-22; 9-12 in 2023; 9-15 in 2024New as 9-15 in 2024;

Your journey through the North and into the Central Country of Philmont starts where it all began...Ponil! Take the bus to Philmont's original base camp and grab a quick root beer before heading to Bluestem camp so your Ranger can continue your skills training. Head to the Continental Tie and Lumber Company at Pueblano for an introduction to logging skills and spar pole climbing. Their Company Meeting Campfire will be something to behold as well! The next morning you will make your way into Philmont's historic mining area. Pass through French Henry and take a tour of the Aztec Mine, pan for gold, and get to work in the forge! After striking it rich at French, get up to Copper Park for some rest so you can rise early in the morning for your Baldy summit. Pack up early, hang your bear bags, and conquer Philmont’s highest peak! You can enjoy your lunch on the summit, then head back down to Copper Park to grab your gear and pass through historic Baldy Town and then hike on to Head of Dean to enjoy some team building exercises and challenge course elements together as a crew. The next morning, you'll make the long journey to Cimarroncita to make preparations to hike through the 2018 Ute Park Fire burn scar. Pass through Sawmill for some training on the .30-06 rifle shooting and reloading programs, and rest up at Whistle Punk Camp. Your journey continues through another historic mining area at Cyphers Mine, down to one of Waite Phillips' rustic cabins at Hunting Lodge and then over to Clarks Fork. Enjoy some roping and branding and get ready for an awesome campfire program that will be sure to entertain you on your last night in the backcountry. A big final day is ahead of you as you rise early to get ready to conquer two peaks in one day: Shaefers Peak and the iconic Tooth of Time. March triumphantly into base camp after an amazing all made it!

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: Bluestem;
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DayCampProgram FeaturesCampsite Features
1Camping Headquarters Opening Campfire Commissary; Showers; Trading Post;  
2Bluestem Western Lore / Branding @ PonilTrail Camp (Always dry); (Commissary; Trading Post; Showers; at Ponil)

Food Pickup @ Camping HeadquartersCommissary; Showers; Trading Post;

Water @ South Ponil Creek

Ranger Training  
3Pueblano Conservation Project @ Elkhorn (Trail Camp; at Elkhorn)

Tie making / Crosscut Saws  

spar pole climbing  

4Copper Park Blacksmithing @ French HenryTrail Camp; 

Mine Tour @ French Henry 

Gold Mining & Panning @ French Henry 
5Head of Dean Mining History @ Baldy Town (Commissary; Trading Post; Showers; at Baldy Town)

Climb Baldy Mountain  

Challenge Events  
6Cimarroncita 3D Archery  

Food Pickup  

Laser Shooting Range  
7Whistle Punk Ute Park Pass Hike Prep @ SawmillTrail Camp; (Showers (wood stoked); at Sawmill)

30-06 Shooting/Reloading @ Sawmill 
8Clarks Fork Western Lore / Branding Showers;  

Chuck Wagon Dinner  


Gold Mining & Panning @ Cyphers MineShowers (wood stoked);

Visiting Forester @ Demonstration Forest
9Camping Headquarters Closing Campfire Commissary; Showers; Trading Post;  

Climb Shaefer's Peak  

Climb Tooth of Time  

Hike in via Tooth Ridge Trail  
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
2PonilCantinaCommissary; Trading Post; Showers;
Cantina Show
Climb Hart Peak
Cowboy Action Shooting
Circle Ride
Wrangler Training
Camping HeadquartersVisit the Villa PhilmonteCommissary; Showers; Trading Post;
National Scouting Museum
BluestemHike Dean SkylineTrail Camp (Always dry);
3PueblanoContinental Tie & Lumber
5Baldy TownClimb Baldy MountainCommissary; Trading Post; Showers;
Tour Historic Baldy Town
Head of Deanpickup crew based challenge events
6CimarroncitaUte Park Pass Hike Prep
Hike through 2018 Ute Park Fire Zone
7SawmillHike through 2018 Ute Park Fire ZoneShowers (wood stoked);
8Clarks ForkCowboy CampfireShowers;
Ride out from Cattle Headquarters
Ride over Schaefers Pass
Cyphers MineBlacksmithingShowers (wood stoked);
Mine Tour
Demonstration ForestObsolete
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.