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Photos needed Back 2017 Trek 23 Forward Virtual Tour

Rugged; Approximately 76 miles; Maps required: South, North

This program intense trek covers a lot of ground in Philmont’s rugged North and Central Country. Start off by visiting the Historic Chase Ranch. From there, visit the fascinating petroglyphs left by the Ancestral Puebloan people at Indian Writings and test your hunting skills with an atlatl. Next, your crew will visit historic Ponil where you will learn to rope, eat a chuckwagon dinner, and enjoy a cantina show before hiking to Dean Cow along Dean Skyline for rock climbing and rappelling. Get an early start on your way to Vaca and have fun burro racing at Harlan. Work on a great trail project with the Conservation Department and camp at Lower Sawmill for the night. Enjoy the cool hike up Sawmill Canyon where you'll be able to focus on the wildflowers and aspens instead of the heat! At Sawmill, Philmont's world class .30-06 reloading room and shooting range are guaranteed to be a highlight of your trek. From there, the hike over Comanche Peak and Mt. Phillips will be challenging, but viewing Wheeler Peak, the Moreno Valley, and Baldy Mountain will be an unparalleled reward. Enjoy the downhill hike to Red Hills where cool spring water awaits after a long day! Climb Big Red before descending to Comanche Pass and then to the Middle Fork Cimarroncito Creek. Relax at Mr. Phillips' Hunting Lodge and fish the Cimarroncito Reservoir. Visit the Demonstration Forest on your way to Clarks Fork. Then your final test awaits… The Tooth of Time! Enjoy the peak and your last night on the trail before hiking into Base Camp

Dry Camps: Lower Sawmill; Tooth Ridge;

CampProgram FeaturesCampsite Features
1Trailbound Tent City Opening Campfire @ Trail Canyon TurnaroundCommissary; Trading Post;  
2Hells fire Canyon Bus to Chase TurnaroundTrail Camp; 

Tour Historic Chase Ranch @ Chase RanchTrail Camp; 

Ranger Training Trail Camp; 
3Indian Writings Tour Petroglyphs Showers;  

atlatl Showers;  

Archaeology Showers;  
4Ponil Hike over Hart Peak Commissary; Trading Post; Showers;  

Western Lore / Branding Commissary; Trading Post; Showers;  

Horse Rides Commissary; Trading Post; Showers;  

Chuck Wagon Dinner Commissary; Trading Post; Showers;  

Cantina Show Commissary; Trading Post; Showers;  

Food Pickup Commissary; Trading Post; Showers;  
5Dean Cow Rock Climbing & Rappelling Showers;  
6Harlan Shotgun shooting/reloading - 12 Gauge  

Burro Racing  
7Lower Sawmill Conservation @ HarlanTrail Camp (Usually dry); 

Food Pickup @ Ute Gulch CommissaryTrail Camp (Usually dry); (Commissary; Trading Post; at Ute Gulch Commissary)
8Whistle Punk Shooting/Reloading - .30-06 @ SawmillTrail Camp; (Showers (wood stoked); at Sawmill)
9Red Hills Hike over Comanche Peak Trail Camp; 

Hike over Mount Phillips Trail Camp; 
10Hunting Lodge Hike over Big Red  

Tour Hunting Lodge  
11Tooth Ridge Visit Demonstration Forest @ Clarks ForkTrail Camp (Always dry); (Showers; at Clarks Fork)

Tooth of Time Trail Camp (Always dry); 

Water @ Clarks ForkTrail Camp (Always dry); 
12Homebound Tent City Hike in via Tooth Ridge Trail Showers; 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.
Cantina at Ponil on day 4
Gymkhana at Ponil on day 4
Cavalcade at Ponil on day 4
Cowboy Action Shooting at Ponil on day 4
Burro Racing at Harlan on day 7 Double Dip
Shotgun shooting/reloading - 12 Gauge at Harlan on day 7 Double Dip
Hike via Hidden Valley / Window Rock at Hunting Lodge on day 10
Western Lore / Branding at Clarks Fork on day 11 Double Dip
Visit the Villa Philmonte at Homebound Tent City on day 12
Seton Memorial Library and Philmont Museum at Homebound Tent City on day 12