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Super Strenuous; Approximately 80 miles; Maps required: north; No KMZ data available

This strenuous north country itinerary will take your crew through some of the most challenging terrain on Philmont while getting great program opportunities along the way. You will start off your trek at the Chase Trailhead where you can see what living on a ranch in the 1800’s was like at the Chase Ranch House. After your first night at Hells Fire Canyon, you will rock climb on some unique rock formations at one of Philmont’s newest staffed camps, Chase Cow. Enjoy the scenic hike to the North Ponil trail camp, but be sure to stop and help build a new railroad for the Cimarron and Northwestern Railway at Metcalf Station. Your crew will then venture onward to beautiful Beatty Lakes in the Valle Vidal Unit of the Carson National Forest. Try your hand at challenge course events at Dan Beard before crossing over into the Valle, though! The next day, be ready to be engulfed by the scenic meadows of the Valle as you make your way through the incident command post at Seally Canyon. Don't search and rescue too long, as you will need to head to Whiteman Vega to complete your conservation project, and make the short hike to Ring Place to participate in folk weather forecasting and astronomy that night. After spending the following night practicing your low impact camping skills at Greenwood Canyon, your crew will make the ascent towards the historic Baldy Mining District. Hang your bear bags and side hike to the summit of Philmont's highest peak, Baldy Mountain, before you head down to Copper Park to set up camp for the night. After a night of rest, hike to French Henry to visit Lucien Maxwell’s best gold producing Aztec Mine. Complete the loop to Baldy Town, where you will load up on food, shower, and learn more about the history of this former mining town. You can then look forward to your time with the loggers at Pueblano to participate in the Continental Tie and Lumber Company’s spar pole climbing, tie making, and company meeting campfire. The next day’s hike will take you through Head of Dean, but leave time for Santa Claus, where you can enjoy the new 12 guage shotgun range before heading to New Dean for your last night in the backcountry. The next day you will hike to the Ponil Trailhead to be picked up by the bus. Next stop… Base Camp!

Unique Campsite: Touch-Me-Not Creek;

DayCampProgram FeaturesCampsite Features
1CHQ Trailbound Opening Campfire Commissary; Showers; Trading Post;  
2Hells fire Canyon Food Pickup @ CHQ TrailboundTrail Camp; (Commissary; Showers; Trading Post; at CHQ Trailbound)

Bus to Chase TrailheadTrail Camp; 

Tour Historic Chase Ranch @ Chase RanchTrail Camp; 
3Chase Cow Rock Climbing & Rappelling  

4North Ponil Railroading @ Metcalf StationTrail Camp; 
5Beatty Lakes Challenge Events @ Dan BeardLow Impact Camp; Trail Camp; (Low Impact Camp; at Dan Beard)
6Ring Place Food Pickup Commissary; Low Impact Camp;  

Folk Weather Forecasting Commissary; Low Impact Camp;  

Astronomy Commissary; Low Impact Camp;  

Search & Rescue / Wilderness Medicine @ Seally CanyonCommissary; Low Impact Camp;  (Low Impact Camp; at Seally Canyon)

Conservation Project @ Whiteman VegaCommissary; Low Impact Camp;  (Low Impact Camp; at Whiteman Vega)
7Greenwood Canyon Low Impact Camping Low Impact Camp; Trail Camp; 
8Copper Park Climb Baldy Mountain Trail Camp; 
9Touch-Me-Not Creek Mining History @ Baldy TownTrail Camp; (Commissary; Trading Post; Showers; at Baldy Town)

Assaying @ Baldy TownTrail Camp; 

Food Pickup @ Baldy TownTrail Camp; 

Tomahawks @ MirandaTrail Camp; 
10Head of Dean Challenge Events  
11Pueblano Tie making  

spar pole climbing  

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

Hike to Ponil 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
2CHQ TrailboundVisit the Villa PhilmonteCommissary; Showers; Trading Post;
National Scouting Museum
4Metcalf StationMorse Code
5Dan BeardLeave No Trace TrainingLow Impact Camp;
6Ring PlaceHistoric HomesteadCommissary; Low Impact Camp;
Side Hike to McCrystal Creek Ruins
Whiteman VegaMountain BikingLow Impact Camp;
9Baldy TownClimb Baldy MountainCommissary; Trading Post; Showers;
Tour Historic Baldy Town
MirandaMuzzle Loading Rifles
Mountain Man Rendezvous
Climb Baldy Mountain
10Head of Deanpickup crew based challenge events
11PueblanoContinental Tie & Lumber
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.