Photos needed Back 2021 Trek 12-34 Forward Virtual Tour

Super Strenuous; Approximately 82 miles; Maps required: north; No KMZ data available


Explore Philmont’s rugged North Country and the vast Valle Vidal on this super strenuous trek. Start your adventure with a tour of the historic Chase Ranch House and spend your first night in Hells Fire Canyon Camp. Rock climb at Chase Cow Camp before making your way to Indian Writings camp. Admire the view from the ridge as you hike into Indian Writings and be ready to soak in the history of some of the oldest archaeological sites on Philmont Scout Ranch. Next, you will make your way up to North Ponil trail camp, but be sure to stop along the way to help the section gang at Metcalf Station build the railroad! There is one more stop at Dan Beard before you head north into the Valle Vidal Unit of the Carson National Forest to experience the incredible ponderosa pine stands and some of the most heavily populated elk habitat in the Southwest. Wake up in the morning and hike through Ring Place for food and a lesson on weather before making your way to beautiful Whiteman Vega. You'll see parts of the striking burn scar left by the 2002 Ponil Complex Fire and see how the land is recovering before making it to Iris Park. Make your way down South to Rich Cabins to enjoy the historic homestead of the Rich Family, and hear their story in their evening campfire program. Enjoy the hike over Wilson Mesa and be amazed by the beautiful views of the Valle Vidal and Baldy Mountain. Continue South towards Pueblano where the loggers of the Continental Tie & Lumber Company will invite you to hew a tie or try your hand at the crosscut saw before spending your layover at Ewells Park. Get your rest and wake up early to climb over Baldy Mountain, then drop into French Henry to explore Lucien Maxwell’s best gold producing Aztec Mine. Get some rest from your mountain summit day, as you will need to make your way back down Flume Canyon for your conservation project and last night on the Trail. The next morning, before heading to the trail head, stop at Ponil to celebrate your trek with your crew and a cold glass of root beer! Don’t miss the bus, because your next stop is back to Base Camp!

Unique Campsite: Flume Canyon;

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; 


Ranger Training Trail Camp; 


Tour Historic Chase Ranch @ Chase RanchTrail Camp; 
3Indian Writings Atl Atl Darts Showers;  


Archaeology Showers;  


Rock Climbing & Rappelling @ Chase CowShowers;  
4North Ponil Petroglyphs Tour @ Indian WritingsTrail Camp; (Showers; at Indian Writings)


Railroading @ Metcalf StationTrail Camp; 


Blacksmithing @ Metcalf StationTrail Camp; 
5Dan Beard Challenge Events Low Impact Camp;  
6Whiteman Vega Food Pickup @ Ring PlaceLow Impact Camp;  (Commissary; Low Impact Camp; at Ring Place)


Folk Weather Forecasting @ Ring PlaceLow Impact Camp;  
7Iris Park Mountain Biking @ Whiteman VegaLow Impact Camp; Trail Camp; (Low Impact Camp; at Whiteman Vega)
8Rich Cabins Cabin Tour Commissary; Low Impact Camp;  


Campfire Commissary; Low Impact Camp;  


Food Pickup Commissary; Low Impact Camp;  


Homesteading Commissary; Low Impact Camp;  
9Ewells Park Tie making @ PueblanoTrail Camp; 
10Ewells Park Food Pickup @ Baldy TownTrail Camp; (Commissary; Trading Post; Showers; at Baldy Town)


Climb Baldy Mountain Trail Camp; 


Gold Mining & Panning @ French HenryTrail Camp; 


Blacksmithing @ French HenryTrail Camp; 


Mine Tour @ French HenryTrail Camp; 
11Flume Canyon Conservation Project Trail Camp; 
12CHQ Homebound Western Lore / Branding @ PonilCommissary; Showers; Trading Post;  (Commissary; Trading Post; Showers; at Ponil)


Cantina @ PonilCommissary; Showers; Trading Post;  


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
3Chase CowBouldering
4Indian WritingsArchaeologyShowers;
Atl Atl Darts
Metcalf StationMorse Code
5Dan BeardLeave No Trace TrainingLow Impact Camp;
6Ring PlaceAstronomyCommissary; Low Impact Camp;
Historic Homestead
Side Hike to McCrystal Creek Ruins
8Rich CabinsEvening musicCommissary; Low Impact Camp;
Animal Care
9PueblanoContinental Tie & Lumber
spar pole climbing
10Baldy TownClimb Baldy MountainCommissary; Trading Post; Showers;
Tour Historic Baldy Town
Mining History
Assaying
12PonilCantina ShowCommissary; Trading Post; Showers;
Climb Hart Peak
Gymkhana
Cavalcade
Cowboy Action Shooting
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.