Photos needed Back 2021 Trek 12-27 Forward Virtual Tour

Strenuous; Approximately 69 miles; Maps required: north; No KMZ data available

This adventure packed itinerary provides a variety of opportunities for mileage, adventure, and traversing breathtaking vistas. Enjoy a variety of side hikes, participate in unique program opportunities and try your skills with Leave No Trace camping opportunities in the Valle Vidal Unit of the Carson National Forest. The trip will begin with a bus drop off at Six-Mile Trailhead and a hike to the first confirmed T-Rex track in the world, and a quick hike to House Canyon Camp where your Ranger will continue your training. Day 2 will take you up and over the ridge to Philmont's newest rock climbing camp at Chase Cow Camp. Enjoy the views as you make your way out of Chase Canyon and hike the ridgeline above the North Ponil before dropping down to Cottonwood Canyon Camp. Get up the next morning ready to join the railroaders of the Cimarron & Northwestern in building a new line up the canyon and see what life was like at a railroad camp. Work quickly, as you still have to climb up and over to Dan Beard, where the Challenge Course and initiative games will help to build teamwork that your crew will utilize the rest of your trek. Leave Philmont Property and enter the beautiful Valle Vidal on your way to Ring Place camp to learn about weather and astronomy, surrounded by a blanket of stars in their open meadows. Head on over to Iris Park for more Leave No Trace camping, then drop down into the Middle Ponil canyon to Upper Greenwood Canyon camp to begin your approach to the high point of your trek. A layover at Ewells Park will give you plenty of time to summit Philmont's highest peak, Baldy Mountain, and visit the historic mining areas of Baldy Town and French Henry where your crew can tour the Aztec Mine, pan for gold, and make a souvenir in the blacksmith shop. Your next adventure is at the Mountain Man Rendezvous at Miranda where you can compete with your crew at tomahawk throwing and muzzle loading rifle shooting. Alas, your journey is coming to an end as you make your way to the Maxwell Trailhead and load your bus for the ride back to base camp.

Unique Campsite: Cottonwood;

DayCampProgram FeaturesCampsite Features
1CHQ Trailbound Opening Campfire Commissary; Showers; Trading Post;  
2House Canyon Bus to Six Mile GateTrail Camp; 

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

Ranger Training Trail Camp; 
3Chase Cow Rock Climbing & Rappelling  

4CottonwoodTrail Camp; 
5Dan Beard Railroading @ Metcalf StationLow Impact Camp;  
6Ring Place Challenge Events @ Dan BeardCommissary; Low Impact Camp;  (Low Impact Camp; at Dan Beard)

Food Pickup Commissary; Low Impact Camp;  

Folk Weather Forecasting Commissary; Low Impact Camp;  

Astronomy Commissary; Low Impact Camp;  
7Iris Park Low Impact Camping Low Impact Camp; Trail Camp; 
8Upper Greenwood Low Impact Camping Low Impact Camp; Trail Camp; 
9Ewells Park Blacksmithing @ French HenryTrail Camp; 

Mine Tour @ French HenryTrail Camp; 
10Ewells Park Mining History @ Baldy TownTrail Camp; (Commissary; Trading Post; Showers; at Baldy Town)

Assaying @ Baldy TownTrail Camp; 

Food Pickup @ Baldy TownTrail Camp; 

Climb Baldy Mountain Trail Camp; 
11Miranda Conservation Project @ Baldy Skyline (Trail Camp; at Baldy Skyline)

Mountain Man Rendezvous  

12CHQ Homebound Muzzle Loading Rifles @ MirandaCommissary; Showers; Trading Post;  

Awards Campfire Commissary; Showers; Trading Post;  

Hike to Maxwell TrailheadCommissary; 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
2Six Mile GateTyrannosaurus Rex Track
CHQ TrailboundVisit the Villa PhilmonteCommissary; Showers; Trading Post;
National Scouting Museum
5Metcalf StationMorse Code
6Dan BeardLeave No Trace TrainingLow Impact Camp;
Ring PlaceHistoric HomesteadCommissary; Low Impact Camp;
Side Hike to McCrystal Creek Ruins
7Iris ParkHike via Iris Park & Beatty LakesLow Impact Camp; Trail Camp;
9French HenryGold Mining & Panning
10Baldy TownClimb Baldy MountainCommissary; Trading Post; Showers;
Tour Historic Baldy Town
12MirandaMountain Man Rendezvous
Climb Baldy Mountain
CHQ 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.