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Photos needed Back 2016 Trek 714 Forward Virtual Tour


strenuous; Approximately 48 miles; Maps required: North, Valle


If your crew is interested in a mountaintop experience, this trek will enable you to climb 11,230 ft. Ash Mountain South or 12,584 ft. Little Costilla Peak in the Valle Vidal Unit of the Carson National Forest. They are two of New Mexico's finest peaks. Start your trek at the Ponil Turnaround and hike to Dean Cutoff for the night. From there, take the new trail from Flume Canyon over Wilson Mesa on your way to Rich Cabins, where you will learn to homestead and be entertained by the musically talented Rich family. You will then have an opportunity to work with Philmont's Conservation Department on a road restoration and erosion control project near Rich Cabins. Hike north to the Middle Ponil Leave No Trace Camping Area where you will prepare for the biggest challenge of the trek. 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! Continue your trek to Iris Park and review your mountain ascent from Beatty Lakes. Test your crew skills on the challenge course at Dan Beard and reflect on your trek before calling it a night. Enjoy the last hike to Ponil and reward yourself for all of the hard work with a nice cold root beer. Next stop… Base Camp!

Trek
Day
CampProgram FeaturesCampsite Features
1Trailbound Tent City Opening Campfire Commissary; Trading Post;  
2Sioux Ranger Training Trail Camp; 


Bus to Ponil TurnaroundTrail Camp; 
3Rich Cabins Evening Campfire Commissary; Low Impact Camp;  


Food Pickup Commissary; Low Impact Camp;  


Homesteading Commissary; Low Impact Camp;  
4Middle Ponil Conservation @ Rich CabinsLow Impact Camp;  (Commissary; Low Impact Camp; at Rich Cabins)
5Middle Ponil Side Hike Little Costilla and/or Ash Mountain @ Rich CabinsLow Impact Camp;  (Commissary; Low Impact Camp; at Rich Cabins)
6Dan Beard Challenge Events Low Impact Camp;  


Hike via Iris Park & Beatty Lakes Low Impact Camp;  
7Homebound Tent City Western Lore / Branding @ PonilShowers; Trading Post;  (Commissary; Trading Post; Showers; at Ponil)


Awards Campfire Showers; Trading Post;  


Hike to Ponil 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
Homesteading at Rich Cabins on day 5 Double Dip
Leave No Trace Camping at Rich Cabins on day 5
Leave No Trace Camping at Dan Beard on day 6
Cantina at Ponil on day 7
Hike over Hart Peak at Ponil on day 7
Gymkhana at Ponil on day 7
Cavalcade at Ponil on day 7
Cowboy Action Shooting at Ponil on day 7
Visit the Villa Philmonte at Homebound Tent City on day 7
Seton Memorial Library and Philmont Museum at Homebound Tent City on day 7