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Rugged; Approximately 78 miles; Maps required: South, North

This trek is full of wonderful program opportunities, such as black powder rifles, spar pole climbing, and railroading at Philmont's newest staff camp… Metcalf Station! Start by camping at Cathedral Rock and hiking past the picturesque Cimarroncito Reservoir. Check out the Demonstration Forest, side hike Window Rock, and tour Waite Phillips Hunting Lodge before camping at beautiful Webster Parks for the night. On the following day, your crew will love the gorgeous downhill hikes through the lush Sawmill and Grouse Canyons! From there, your crew's journey to the North Country will pass through Upper Bench and Upper Dean Cow before spending two days at Miranda, where the mountain men will let you shoot their booming .50 caliber black powder rifles! Next, create your own mountaintop experience by summiting Baldy Mountain, checking out Lucien Maxwell’s Aztec Mine, and visiting historic Baldy Town. Hike over to Pueblano where you'll climb spar poles with the men of the Continental Tie and Lumber Company and enjoy an evening of entertainment at their Company Meeting Campfire. You will then have the chance to hike over gorgeous Wilson Mesa and on to Dan Beard for initiative games and challenge events that will solidify your crew’s cohesiveness! Be some of the first crews to hear the pinging of the hammer echo off the canyon walls at Metcalf Station. Tour the petroglyphs, learn about the Ancestral Puebloan people, and work on a trail project with the Conservation Department at Indian Writings before camping at Chase Canyon Camp for the night. Explore the historic Chase Ranch to cap off your trek! Next stop… Base Camp!

CampProgram FeaturesCampsite Features
1Trailbound Tent City Opening Campfire @ Trail Canyon TurnaroundCommissary; Trading Post;  
2Cathedral Rock Ranger Training Trail Camp; 

Bus to Cito TurnaroundTrail Camp; 
3Cimarroncito Rock Climbing & Rappelling Showers;  

Tour Hunting Lodge @ Hunting LodgeShowers;  

Hike via Hidden Valley / Window Rock @ Hidden ValleyShowers;  

Visit Demonstration Forest @ Demonstration ForestShowers;  
4Visto Grande Food Pickup @ Ute Gulch CommissaryTrail Camp; (Commissary; Trading Post; at Ute Gulch Commissary)
5Upper Dean CowTrail Camp; 
6Miranda Mountain Man Rendezvous  

Muzzle Loading Rifles  

7Miranda Food Pickup @ Baldy Town (Commissary; Trading Post; Showers; at Baldy Town)

Gold Mining & Panning @ French Henry 

Blacksmithing @ French Henry 

Side Hike Baldy Mountain  
8Pueblano Company Meeting  


Continental Tie & Lumber  
9Dan Beard Hike over Wilson Mesa Low Impact Camp;  

Challenge Events Low Impact Camp;  
10Metcalf Station Morse Code  



Evening Campfire  
11Chase Canyon Archaeology @ Indian Writings (Showers; at Indian Writings)

Tour Petroglyphs @ Indian Writings 

atlatl @ Indian Writings 
12Homebound Tent City Awards Campfire Showers; Trading Post;  

Tour Historic Chase Ranch Showers; Trading Post;  

Hike to Chase TurnaroundShowers; 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.
Hike via Hidden Valley / Window Rock at Cimarroncito on day 3
Advanced Rock Climbing Instruction at Cimarroncito on day 3
Hike via Hidden Valley / Window Rock at Hunting Lodge on day 3
Side Hike Baldy Mountain at Baldy Town on day 7
Tour Historic Baldy Town at Baldy Town on day 7
Mine Tour at French Henry on day 7
Muzzle Loading Rifles at Miranda on day 7 Double Dip
Mountain Man Rendezvous at Miranda on day 7 Double Dip
Leave No Trace Camping at Dan Beard on day 9
Visit the Villa Philmonte at Homebound Tent City on day 12
Seton Memorial Library and Philmont Museum at Homebound Tent City on day 12