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Photos needed Back 2017 Trek 21 Forward Virtual Tour

Rugged; Approximately 75 miles; Maps required: North, South

If your crew is interested in a MOUNTAINTOP experience, this trek will enable you to climb 11,230 ft. Ash Mountain South or 12,584 ft. Little Costilla Peak in the Valle Vidal Unit of the Carson National Forest. They are two of New Mexico's finest peaks! Start your experience by touring the historic Chase Ranch and spend the first night at Dean Heck Camp. Continue to Dean Cow for rock climbing and rappelling. Next, challenge events at Head of Dean will bring your crew together. The Continental Tie & Lumber Company at Pueblano is a treat before your hike over beautiful Wilson Mesa to Rich Cabins, where you will learn to homestead and be entertained by the musically talented Rich family. Hike north to the Middle Ponil Low Impact Camp where you will prepare for the biggest challenge of the trek. In June, climb Ash Mountain South, as Little Costilla is closed to the public for elk calving season. In July and August, climb Little Costilla or Ash Mountain… or both! Continue your trek to Windy Gap and safely navigate your way to the McCrystal Creek Low Impact Camp for an unparalleled view of the Philmont skyline. Hike east to Whiteman Vega where your crew will ride some of the finest mountain biking trails in New Mexico. Stop by Ring Place and camp at Seally for the night. Help the staff at Seally Canyon with an important search and rescue mission and head down to Cook Canyon the next day. Lend a hand at the forge or hammer some spikes on the railroad at Metcalf Station, and continue on to Indian Writings for a look even further back in time, to when the Ancestral Puebloan people lived in this canyon. Work with the Conservation Department on a trail project and be sure to stop by the world’s first confirmed T-Rex track… it’s right here in the North Ponil Canyon! Next stop…Base Camp!

Dry Camps: Dean Heck;

CampProgram FeaturesCampsite Features
1Trailbound Tent City Opening Campfire Commissary; Trading Post;  
2Dean Heck Tour Historic Chase Ranch @ Chase RanchTrail Camp (Always dry); 

Ranger Training Trail Camp (Always dry); 

Low Impact Camping Trail Camp (Always dry); 
3Dean Cow Rock Climbing & Rappelling Showers;  
4Head of Dean Challenge Events  
5Rich Cabins Continental Tie & Lumber @ PueblanoCommissary; Low Impact Camp;  

Homesteading Commissary; Low Impact Camp;  

Food Pickup Commissary; Low Impact Camp;  
6Middle Ponil Low Impact Camping Low Impact Camp;  
7Middle Ponil Side Hike Little Costilla and/or Ash Mountain Low Impact Camp;  
8McCrystal Creek Low Impact Camping Low Impact Camp; Trail Camp; 
9Seally Canyon Mountain Biking @ Whiteman VegaLow Impact Camp;  (Low Impact Camp; at Whiteman Vega)

Folk Weather Forecasting @ Ring PlaceLow Impact Camp;  (Commissary; Low Impact Camp; at Ring Place)

Food Pickup @ Ring PlaceLow Impact Camp;  
10Cook Canyon Search & Rescue / Wilderness Medicine @ Seally CanyonTrail Camp; (Low Impact Camp; at Seally Canyon)
11Indian Writings Railroading @ Metcalf StationShowers;  

Blacksmithing @ Metcalf StationShowers;  

Tour Petroglyphs Showers;  

atlatl Showers;  

Archaeology Showers;  
12Homebound Tent City Conservation @ Indian WritingsShowers; Trading Post;  (Showers; at Indian Writings)

Hike to Six Mile GateShowers; Trading Post;  

Bus to Homebound Tent CityShowers; 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
Astronomy at Ring Place on day 9
Historic Homestead at Ring Place on day 9
Archaeology at Indian Writings on day 12 Double Dip
Tour Petroglyphs at Indian Writings on day 12 Double Dip
Tyrannosaurus Rex Track at Six Mile Gate on day 12
Visit the Villa Philmonte at Homebound Tent City on day 12
Seton Memorial Library and Philmont Museum at Homebound Tent City on day 12