Photos needed Back 2019 Trek 34 Forward Virtual Tour


Super Strenuous; Approximately 84 miles; Maps required: North, Valle


Embarking on this journey will test your crew’s physical and teamwork strength. with challenge events at the beginning and end of your trek will show your team’s growth over the duration. Your Ranger will first take you through the old west camp of Ponil to arrive at Sioux trail camp. You’ll then follow the Middle Ponil Creek upstream before a gradual assent to Dan Beard and the initial challenge events assessment. Lessons learned at Dan Beard will be crucial for navigating through the vast Valle Vidal. From Iris Park to Ring Place and Middle Ponil to Upper Greenwood, you will have opportunities to explore the vast beauty of the Valle Vidal. Explore the vast cosmic terrain at Ring Place after working together on your conservation project. Make your way through Windy Gap to your layover destination at Middle Ponil Low Impact Camp. Take a day to ascend the celestial plane of a nearby mountain! In June, climb Ash Mountain and in July and August, climb Little Costilla or Ash Mountain…or both! (Little Costilla is closed in June for elk calving season.) At the top, peer down and meditate upon the Earth below. Clarity of purpose will be needed as the path to French Henry is long and rugged but allows for the conquest of Philmont’s iconic Mount Baldy. Then, like the miners of times long gone, you will feel the canyon closing in as you descend into French Henry and experience the exciting mining history first hand. From this isolated location, take the short hike around Baldy’s eastern flank and enjoy the hustle and bustle of Philmont’s north country population center, Baldy Town. You’ll want to linger and enjoy the amenities but it will be important to move on to Head of Dean, and witness glorious vistas along the way. The staff there will then facilitate your ‘final exam’ of challenge events. Finally, make your way to Upper Dean Cow for one last night of timeless reflection among the giants, and an opportunity to try your hand at 12 ga. Shotgun shooting at Santa Claus. If your crew is highly motivated, as most are on their final morning, head down to the Ponil Cantina early for refreshments at the cantina. Enjoy tall tales and a cold root beer with patrons from all walks of Philmont before hiking to the Ponil Trailhead to hop on the bus that delivers you safely back to Base Camp.

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


Ranger Training Trail Camp; 
3Dan Beard Challenge Events Low Impact Camp;  
4Iris Park Low Impact Camping Low Impact Camp; Trail Camp; 
5Ring Place Conservation Commissary; Low Impact Camp;  


Food Pickup Commissary; Low Impact Camp;  


Folk Weather Forecasting Commissary; Low Impact Camp;  


Astronomy Commissary; Low Impact Camp;  
6Middle Ponil Low Impact Camping Low Impact Camp;  
7Middle Ponil Side Hike Little Costilla and/or Ash Mountain Low Impact Camp;  
8Upper Greenwood Low Impact Camping Low Impact Camp; Trail Camp; 
9French Henry Side Hike Baldy Mountain  


Gold Mining & Panning  


Mine Tour  


Blacksmithing  
10Head of Dean Mining History @ Baldy Town (Commissary; Trading Post; Showers; at Baldy Town)


Assaying @ Baldy Town 


Food Pickup @ Baldy Town 


Challenge Events  
11Upper Dean Cow Shotgun shooting/reloading - 12 Gauge @ Santa ClausTrail Camp; 
12Camping Headquarters HB Hike to Ponil TrailheadCommissary; 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
Seton Memorial Library and Philmont Museum at Camping Headquarters TB on day 1
Historic Homestead at Ring Place on day 5
Side Hike Baldy Mountain at Baldy Town on day 10 Double Dip
Tour Historic Baldy Town at Baldy Town on day 10
Visit the Villa Philmonte at Camping Headquarters HB on day 12
Seton Memorial Library and Philmont Museum at Camping Headquarters HB on day 12