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Photos needed Back 2017 Trek 18 Forward Virtual Tour

Rugged; Approximately 69 miles; Maps required: South, North

This rugged itinerary is filled with program and will give you an opportunity to explore most of Philmont’s North, Central, and South Country! Start your trek off with a cool root beer at Ponil before hiking up the Middle Ponil to Bent for the night. From there, enjoy the hike over Wilson Mesa, which has some of the best views of Baldy Mountain and the Valle Vidal to the north. Camp at Pueblano Ruins before hiking for blacksmithing, gold panning, and tour of the Aztec Mine at French Henry. Camp at Black Horse while you conquer Baldy Mountain, explore Lucien Maxwell’s Aztec Mine, and tour historic Baldy Town. After your successful mountain ascent, hike through Miranda for the Mountain Man Rendezvous on your way to Head of Dean. After challenge events and a good night's rest, you will continue your journey south to Visto Grande, through Hidden Valley, and by Window Rock. After a visit to the Demonstration Forest, relax with a chuckwagon dinner at Clarks Fork. Spending the night at Ponderosa Park will help your crew get to Miners Park early enough for rock climbing and rappelling. Ensure the future of hiking at Philmont with the Conservation Department on a trail project near Crater Lake and camp at Bear Caves. Enjoy the view from Aguila and the hike to Zastrow where your crew will test their land navigation skills on a great geocache course. Cap off your trek with a dutch oven dessert, the Rededication to Scouting ceremony, and a tour of rugged pioneer Kit Carson’s former home!

Dry Camps: Ponderosa Park;

CampProgram FeaturesCampsite Features
1Trailbound Tent City Opening Campfire Commissary; Trading Post;  
2Bent Bus to Ponil TurnaroundTrail Camp; 

Ranger Training Trail Camp; 
3Pueblano Ruins Continental Tie & Lumber @ PueblanoTrail Camp; 
4Black Horse Mine Tour @ French HenryTrail Camp; 

Gold Mining & Panning @ French HenryTrail Camp; 

Blacksmithing @ French HenryTrail Camp; 

Food Pickup @ Baldy TownTrail Camp; (Commissary; Trading Post; Showers; at Baldy Town)

Mining History @ Baldy TownTrail Camp; 

Assaying @ Baldy TownTrail Camp; 
5Black Horse Side Hike Baldy Mountain Trail Camp; 
6Head of Dean Mountain Man Rendezvous @ Miranda 

Challenge Events  
7Visto Grande Water Trail Camp; 
8Ponderosa Park Hike via Hidden Valley / Window Rock @ Hidden ValleyTrail Camp (Usually dry); 

Visit Demonstration Forest @ Clarks ForkTrail Camp (Usually dry); (Showers; at Clarks Fork)

Western Lore / Branding @ Clarks ForkTrail Camp (Usually dry); 

Chuck Wagon Dinner @ Clarks ForkTrail Camp (Usually dry); 
9Miner's Park Horse Rides @ Clarks ForkShowers;  (Showers; at Clarks Fork)

Rock Climbing & Rappelling Showers;  
10Bear Caves Conservation @ Crater LakeTrail Camp; (Showers; at Crater Lake)
11Zastrow Mexican Homestead @ AbreuShowers;  (Showers; at Abreu)

Geocaching Showers;  

Rededication to Scouting Showers;  

Dutch Oven Dessert Showers;  
12Homebound Tent City Hike to Rayado TurnaroundShowers; Trading Post;  

Tour Kit Carson Home @ RayadoShowers; Trading Post;  

Awards Campfire Showers; Trading Post;  
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.
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Program opportunities not included on the official itinerary

This list is not complete and is dependent on the route you take each day.
Visit the Villa Philmonte at Trailbound Tent City on day 1
Seton Memorial Library and Philmont Museum at Trailbound Tent City on day 1
Side Hike Baldy Mountain at Baldy Town on day 4 Double Dip
Tour Historic Baldy Town at Baldy Town on day 4
Muzzle Loading Rifles at Miranda on day 6
Side Hike Baldy Mountain at Miranda on day 6 Double Dip
Western Lore / Branding at Clarks Fork on day 9 Double Dip
Climbing Tower at Miner's Park on day 9
Continental Tie & Lumber at Crater Lake on day 10 Double Dip
Land Navigation / GPS Technology at Zastrow on day 11
Woodbadge Museum at Zastrow on day 11
Cantina at Abreu on day 11
Visit the Villa Philmonte at Homebound Tent City on day 12
Seton Memorial Library and Philmont Museum at Homebound Tent City on day 12