Photos needed Back 2019 Trek 714 Forward Virtual Tour

strenuous; Approximately 48 miles; Maps required: North, Valle; No KMZ data available

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!

Dry Camps: Upper Bench; Shaefers Pass; Comanche Peak;

CampProgram FeaturesCampsite Features
1Camping Headquarters TB Opening Campfire Commissary; Showers; Trading Post;  
2Upper Bench Bus to Webster TrailheadTrail Camp (Usually dry); 

Ranger Training Trail Camp (Usually dry); 

Evening Campfire @ Clarks ForkTrail Camp (Usually dry); (Showers; at Clarks Fork)
3Shaefers Pass Water @ Clarks ForkTrail Camp (Usually dry); (Showers; at Clarks Fork)

Climb Shaefer's Peak Trail Camp (Usually dry); 

Tooth of Time Trail Camp (Usually dry); 
4Beaubien Post Civil War Settlers @ Black MountainShowers (wood stoked);  

Conservation Showers (wood stoked);  

Western Lore / Branding Showers (wood stoked);  

Chuck Wagon Dinner Showers (wood stoked);  

Evening Campfire Showers (wood stoked);  
5Comanche Peak Hike over Big Red Trail Camp (Usually dry); 

Food Pickup @ Phillips JunctionTrail Camp (Usually dry); (Commissary; Trading Post; Showers; at Phillips Junction)
6Clear Creek Hike over Comanche Peak  

Hike over Mount Phillips  

Rocky Mountain Fur Company  


Muzzle Loading Rifles  
7Camping Headquarters HB Hike to Tolby 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
National Scouting Museum at Camping Headquarters TB on day 1
Western Lore / Branding at Clarks Fork on day 3 Double Dip
Hike over Trail Peak at Beaubien on day 4
Muzzle Loading Rifles at Black Mountain on day 4 Double Dip
Blacksmithing at Black Mountain on day 4
Fishing Opportunities at Phillips Junction on day 5
Visit the Villa Philmonte at Camping Headquarters HB on day 7
National Scouting Museum at Camping Headquarters HB on day 7