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Strenuous; Approximately 73 miles; Maps required: South, North
/KML/2019/12 Day-31A.KMZRoute 31A
/KML/2019/12 Day-31B.KMZRoute 31B

This mountaintop Itinerary gives your crew the chance to climb the two tallest peaks Philmont has to offer: Baldy Mountain and Ash Mountain or Little Costilla. Your journey begins at the Ponil Trailhead for the short hike to Dean Cutoff where your Ranger can impart upon you the training that will benefit you for the rest of your trek. From there, you will make your way over to Pueblano to learn skills from the loggers of the Continental Tie & Lumber Co. During your stay, you will spar pole climb and make railroad ties. Then at night, you can unwind with their spectacular campfire show. The following day you will make your way to Copper Park but stop by French Henry’s Aztec mine for a little tour and some blacksmithing. Get your rest, because the next day is time to conquer your first peak, Baldy Mountain. Then it’s back to Copper park for the night! The next day has you making your way off of Philmont and on to neighboring lands and into Greenwood Canyon for the night. 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 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! From there make your way over to Ring Place for some Conservation and some lessons in Astronomy. Then down to Beatty lakes for the evening and do some star gazing on your own. Be sure to visit the incident command post at Seally Canyon for some search and rescue training before heading back onto Philmont proper for a visit at 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. Your last day on the trail will bring you to the Petroglyphs at Indian Writings and the T-Rex Track just past Anasazi Camp. Be sure to see both, they are a treat to behold in person. Don’t delay, though, as you still need to make it to the Six Mile Trailhead for your bus back to base camp.

CampProgram FeaturesCampsite Features
1Camping Headquarters TB Opening Campfire Commissary; Showers; Trading Post;  
2Dean Cutoff Bus to Ponil TrailheadTrail Camp; 

Ranger Training Trail Camp; 
3Pueblano Continental Tie & Lumber  

spar pole climbing  

Evening Campfire  
4Copper Park Gold Mining & Panning @ French HenryTrail Camp; 

Blacksmithing @ French HenryTrail Camp; 

Mine Tour @ French HenryTrail Camp; 
5Copper Park Side Hike Baldy Mountain Trail Camp; 

Mining History @ Baldy TownTrail Camp; (Commissary; Trading Post; Showers; at Baldy Town)

Assaying @ Baldy TownTrail Camp; 

Food Pickup @ Baldy TownTrail Camp; 
6Greenwood Canyon Low Impact Camping Low Impact Camp; Trail Camp; 
7Little Costilla Low Impact Camping Low Impact Camp;  
8Little Costilla Side Hike Little Costilla and/or Ash Mountain Low Impact Camp;  
9Ring Place Conservation Commissary; Low Impact Camp;  

Food Pickup Commissary; Low Impact Camp;  

Folk Weather Forecasting Commissary; Low Impact Camp;  
10Beatty Lakes Search & Rescue / Wilderness Medicine @ Seally CanyonLow Impact Camp; Trail Camp; (Low Impact Camp; at Seally Canyon)
11Metcalf Station Railroading  


Evening Campfire  
12Camping Headquarters HB Tour Petroglyphs @ Indian WritingsCommissary; Showers; Trading Post;  (Showers; at Indian Writings)

Hike to Six Mile GateCommissary; Showers; Trading Post;  

Tyrannosaurus Rex Track Commissary; Showers; Trading Post;  

Awards Campfire Commissary; 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 Camping Headquarters TB on day 1
National Scouting Museum at Camping Headquarters TB on day 1
Side Hike Baldy Mountain at Baldy Town on day 5
Tour Historic Baldy Town at Baldy Town on day 5
Astronomy at Ring Place on day 9
Historic Homestead at Ring Place on day 9
Archaeology at Indian Writings on day 12
Tyrannosaurus Rex Track at Six Mile Gate on day 12
Visit the Villa Philmonte at Camping Headquarters HB on day 12
National Scouting Museum at Camping Headquarters HB on day 12