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Strenuous; Approximately 66 miles; Maps required: north; No KMZ data available

peaks Philmont has to offer: Little Costilla and/or Ash Mountain. Your journey begins at the Ponil Trailhead for the short hike to Sioux where your Ranger can impart upon you the training that will benefit you for the rest of your trek. Begin your journey to the North up to Rich Cabins and stay at the former homestead of the Rich Family. Help with the garden and caring for the animals, then enjoy the evening family gathering to learn about the family and their history. Your next day will bring your crew into the Valle Vidal to the Middle Ponil low impact camping site, and that much closer to your first mountaintop experience. Continue your hike into the vast and beautiful Valle Vidal to make your way up to Little Costilla Camp. Your next conquest comes the next day in the form of either Ash Mountain or Little Costilla! In June, climb Ash Mountain, as Little Costilla is closed to the public for elk calving season. In July and August, climb Little Costilla or Ash Mountain... or both! Spend the night at McCrystal Creek Camp before heading through Ring Place for a food pickup and some time to learn about weather. Ultimately, you will reach Seally Canyon for an opportunity to learn search and rescue and wilderness medicine skills from a highly trained staff. Continue the journey back to Philmont and crossover at Dan Beard. Enjoy the opportunity to practice team building and communication skills on their challenge course. Spend the night at Philmont’s newest trail camp, Rabbit Ear. The next leg of your journey brings you to the home of the Cimarron & Northwestern Ry. The section gang there will have you building a railroad in no time and will treat you with an outstanding campfire performance you will never forget. Early to rise, as your next to last day on the trail will bring you to the Indian Writings for an early morning conservation project time, and then over to Chase Cow Camp to enjoy their rockclimbing and rappelling programs. Hike to the former headquarters of the Chase Ranch and tour their historic home before making your bus pickup time and your journey back to base camp.

Dry Camps: Rabbit Ear; Unique Campsite: Rabbit Ear;

DayCampProgram FeaturesCampsite Features
1CHQ Trailbound Opening Campfire Commissary; Showers; Trading Post;  
2Sioux Western Lore / Branding @ PonilTrail Camp; (Commissary; Trading Post; Showers; at Ponil)

Cantina @ PonilTrail Camp; 

Campfire @ PonilTrail Camp; 

Food Pickup @ CHQ TrailboundTrail Camp; (Commissary; Showers; Trading Post; at CHQ Trailbound)

Bus to Ponil TrailheadTrail Camp; 
3Rich Cabins Homesteading Commissary; Low Impact Camp;  

Cabin Tour Commissary; Low Impact Camp;  

Campfire Commissary; Low Impact Camp;  
4Middle Ponil Low Impact Camping Low Impact Camp;  
5Little Costilla Low Impact Camping Low Impact Camp;  
6Little Costilla Side Hike Little Costilla and/or Ash Mountain Low Impact Camp;  
7McCrystal Creek Low Impact Camping Low Impact Camp; Trail Camp; 
8Seally Canyon Food Pickup @ Ring PlaceLow Impact Camp;  (Commissary; Low Impact Camp; at Ring Place)

Folk Weather Forecasting @ Ring PlaceLow Impact Camp;  

Search & Rescue / Wilderness Medicine Low Impact Camp;  
9Rabbit Ear Challenge Events @ Dan BeardTrail Camp (Usually dry); (Low Impact Camp; at Dan Beard)
10Metcalf Station Railroading  


11Chase Cow Conservation Project @ Indian Writings (Showers; at Indian Writings)

Rock Climbing & Rappelling  

12CHQ Homebound Awards Campfire Commissary; Showers; Trading Post;  

Hike to Chase TrailheadCommissary; Showers; Trading Post;  

Tour Historic Chase Ranch @ Chase RanchCommissary; 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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DayCampPotential Additional Program FeaturesCampsite Features
2PonilCantina ShowCommissary; Trading Post; Showers;
Climb Hart Peak
Cowboy Action Shooting
CHQ TrailboundVisit the Villa PhilmonteCommissary; Showers; Trading Post;
National Scouting Museum
3Rich CabinsEvening musicCommissary; Low Impact Camp;
Animal Care
4Middle PonilSide Hike Ash MountainLow Impact Camp;
Side Hike Little Costilla and/or Ash Mountain
6Little CostillaSide Hike Ash MountainLow Impact Camp;
8Ring PlaceAstronomyCommissary; Low Impact Camp;
Historic Homestead
Side Hike to McCrystal Creek Ruins
9Dan BeardLeave No Trace TrainingLow Impact Camp;
10Metcalf StationMorse Code
11Indian WritingsArchaeologyShowers;
Petroglyphs Tour
Atl Atl Darts
12CHQ HomeboundVisit the Villa PhilmonteCommissary; Showers; Trading Post;
National Scouting Museum
This list is not complete and is dependent on the route you take each day.