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Photos needed Back 2016 Trek 34 Forward Virtual Tour

Super Strenuous; Approximately 93 miles; Maps required: North, Valle

This trek will give your crew an opportunity to climb Baldy Mountain, Little Costilla Peak, and Ash Mountain South. Begin your trek by hiking up Turkey Creek Canyon and exploring Black Jack Ketchum's gang hideout. Continue to Upper Dean Cow and rest up for the next several days, as they will be difficult. Hike through Head of Dean and listen for the sound of booming .50 caliber black powder rifles as you arrive at Miranda. Enjoy shooting rifles, throwing tomahawks, and fully experiencing the mountain man rendezvous. Hike to Baldy Town to pick up food and continue to French Henry to mine for gold, blacksmith, and explore Lucien Maxwell's gold producing Aztec Mine. Hike up the wall and be amazed as you walk down into Copper Park. Wake up early and hike to the ridge, where you'll hang bear bags and day hike rugged Baldy before camping at Greenwood Canyon for the night. Enjoy waking up in the cool canyon and continue to Little Costilla Leave No Trace Camping Area, where you will prepare for another mountain challenge. In June, climb Ash Mountain, as Little Costilla is closed to the public for elk calving season. In July and August, climb Little Costilla or Ash Mountain South… or BOTH! Continue your trek to Windy Gap and safely navigate east down the ridge to Ring Place. Set up camp before heading over to Whiteman Vega, where you will ride some of the finest mountain biking trails in northern New Mexico. Enjoy folkweather forecasting and astronomy in an area with no lights for miles. Wake up early and head south until you hear the pinging of hammers driving rail spikes echo off the canyon walls at Metcalf Station. Railroading, morse code, and blacksmithing will come to life and your crew will experience an excellent campfire. Be sure to check out the Ancestral Puebloan petroglyps from 1300 CE before working with the Conservation Department on a trail project at Indian Writings. Be some of the first crews to explore Chase Canyon and the historic Chase Ranch. Next stop… Base Camp!

CampProgram FeaturesCampsite Features
1Trailbound Tent City Opening Campfire Commissary; Trading Post;  
2Dean Cutoff Ranger Training Trail Camp; 

Bus to Ponil TurnaroundTrail Camp; 
3Pueblano Continental Tie & Lumber  

Company Meeting  
4Miranda Muzzle Loading Rifles  


Mountain Man Rendezvous  
5Copper Park Food Pickup @ Baldy TownTrail Camp; (Commissary; Trading Post; Showers; at Baldy Town)

Gold Mining & Panning @ French HenryTrail Camp; 

Blacksmithing @ French HenryTrail Camp; 
6Greenwood CanyonLow Impact Camp; Trail Camp; 

Side Hike Baldy Mountain Low Impact Camp; Trail Camp; 
7Little CostillaLow Impact Camp;  
8Little Costilla Side Hike Little Costilla and/or Ash Mountain Low Impact Camp;  
9Whiteman Vega Food Pickup @ Ring PlaceLow Impact Camp;  (Commissary; Low Impact Camp; at Ring Place)

Folk Weather Forecasting @ Ring PlaceLow Impact Camp;  

Mountain Biking Low Impact Camp;  
10Metcalf Station Railroading  

Morse Code  


Evening Campfire  
11Chase Canyon Archaeology @ Indian Writings (Showers; at Indian Writings)

Tour Petroglyphs @ Indian Writings 

atlatl @ Indian Writings 

Conservation @ Indian Writings 
12Homebound Tent City Awards Campfire Showers; Trading Post;  

Hike to Chase TurnaroundShowers; Trading Post;  

Tour Historic Chase Ranch @ Chase TurnaroundShowers; 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 Trailbound Tent City on day 1
Seton Memorial Library and Philmont Museum at Trailbound Tent City on day 1
Side Hike Baldy Mountain at Miranda on day 4 Double Dip
Side Hike Baldy Mountain at Baldy Town on day 5 Double Dip
Tour Historic Baldy Town at Baldy Town on day 5
Mine Tour at French Henry on day 5
Astronomy at Ring Place on day 9
Historic Homestead at Ring Place on day 9
Visit the Villa Philmonte at Homebound Tent City on day 12
Seton Memorial Library and Philmont Museum at Homebound Tent City on day 12