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Photos needed Back 2016 Trek 26 Forward Virtual Tour

Strenuous; Approximately 76 miles; Maps required: North, Valle

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 before camping near an old sawmill at New Dean. Next, challenge events at Head of Dean will bring your crew together and the Continental Tie & Lumber Company at Pueblano is an additional treat. From there, hike over beautiful Wilson Mesa to Rich Cabins, where you will learn to homestead and be entertained by the musically talented Rich family. Work on a project with the Conservation Department and keep hiking north to the Middle Ponil Leave No Trace Camping Area 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 Leave No Trace Camping Area for an unparalleled view of the Philmont skyline. Hike east to Whiteman Vega where your crew will ride some of the finest mountian biking trails in New Mexico. Camp at Ring Place for the night and enjoy the astronomy program with no lights for miles. Help the staff at Seally Canyon with an important search and rescue mission and camp on the southeast side of the Beatty Lakes Leave No Trace Camping Area. Hike beautiful Abran Canyon towards Indian Writings and enjoy touring the fascinating petroglyphs left by the Ancestral Puebloan people prior to 1300 CE. Be sure to stop by the world’s only confirmed T-Rex track… it’s right here in the North Ponil Valley! 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 Trail Camp (Always dry); 

Ranger Training Trail Camp (Always dry); 

Bus to Chase TurnaroundTrail Camp (Always dry); 
3New Dean Rock Climbing & Rappelling @ Dean CowTrail Camp; (Showers; at Dean Cow)
4Pueblano Challenge Events @ Head of Dean 

Continental Tie & Lumber  

Company Meeting  
5Rich Cabins Hike over Wilson Mesa Commissary; Low Impact Camp;  

Homesteading Commissary; Low Impact Camp;  

Food Pickup Commissary; Low Impact Camp;  
6Middle PonilLow Impact Camp;  
7Middle Ponil Side Hike Little Costilla and/or Ash Mountain Low Impact Camp;  
8McCrystal CreekLow Impact Camp; Trail Camp; 
9Ring Place Folk Weather Forecasting Commissary; Low Impact Camp;  

Astronomy Commissary; Low Impact Camp;  

Food Pickup Commissary; Low Impact Camp;  

Mountain Biking @ Whiteman VegaCommissary; Low Impact Camp;  (Low Impact Camp; at Whiteman Vega)
10Beatty Lakes Search & Rescue / Wilderness Medicine @ Seally CanyonLow Impact Camp; Trail Camp; (Low Impact Camp; at Seally Canyon)
11Indian Writings Archaeology Showers;  

Tour Petroglyphs Showers;  

atlatl Showers;  

Conservation Showers;  
12Homebound Tent City Hike to Six Mile GateShowers; Trading Post;  

Tyrannosaurus Rex Track 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.
Visit the Villa Philmonte at Trailbound Tent City on day 1
Seton Memorial Library and Philmont Museum at Trailbound Tent City on day 1
Leave No Trace Camping at Rich Cabins on day 5
Historic Homestead at Ring Place on day 9
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