Photos needed Back 2020 Trek 9-2 Forward Virtual Tour


Challenging; Approximately 37 miles; Maps required: north; No KMZ data available
Treks BookTrek 902


Take a trip back in time with this itinerary that is chock full of unique programs and relics from the past! Start your journey through this timeline after getting off the bus at the Six-Mile Gate Trailhead for a visit to the first confirmed T-Rex track in the world. Look for other fossils and footprints as you head upstream to Indian Writings where you will tour the fascinating petroglyphs left by the Ancestral Puebloan people prior to 1300 CE and work on an archaeological dig to discover more clues of their activities on Philmont property. Head up the North Ponil Canyon after completing your conservation project to link up with the Cimarron & Northwestern Railroad at Metcalf Station. Work on the railroad, do some blacksmithing, then enjoy their nightly campfire program. Then, make your way down to Ponil where you will be taken back to the old west! Try your hand at branding and roping, then reward yourself with a cold root beer in the Cantina before heading to your trail camp nearby. The next step of your journey in time takes you to the early 1900s, where the loggers of the Continental Tie & Lumber Co. will teach you how to climb a spar pole and use a broad axe. End the day at their company meeting campfire and learn of the toils and struggles of the life of a logger. Your final destination is Miranda for a layover, where you will be transported to 1838 and the mountain man rendezvous. Shoot muzzle loading rifles, throw tomahawks and be regaled with the many tall tales the trappers will share with you. Spend one of your layover days to enjoy some time at Baldy Town before making the ultimate ascent to Philmont’s highest peak, Baldy Mountain! Your journey through time is almost over as you hike down to the Maxwell Trailhead on your final morning so you can meet your bus for your trip back to Base Camp.

Unique Campsite: Indian Writings; Dean Cutoff;

DayCampProgram FeaturesCampsite Features
1CHQ Trailbound Opening Campfire Commissary; Showers; Trading Post;  
2Anasazi Tyrannosaurus Rex Track Trail Camp; 


Ranger Training Trail Camp; 


Bus to Six Mile GateTrail Camp; 


Food Pickup @ CHQ TrailboundTrail Camp; (Commissary; Showers; Trading Post; at CHQ Trailbound)
3Indian Writings Archaeology Showers;  


Atl Atl Darts Showers;  


Petroglyphs Tour Showers;  
4Metcalf Station Conservation Project @ Indian Writings (Showers; at Indian Writings)


Railroading  


Blacksmithing  


Campfire  
5Dean Cutoff Campfire @ PonilTrail Camp; (Commissary; Trading Post; Showers; at Ponil)


Western Lore / Branding @ PonilTrail Camp; 


Cantina @ PonilTrail Camp; 


Food Pickup @ PonilTrail Camp; 


Horse Rides @ PonilTrail Camp; 
6Pueblano Tie making  


spar pole climbing  


Campfire  
7Miranda Challenge Events @ Head of Dean 


Mountain Man Rendezvous  


Tomahawks  
8Miranda Mining History @ Baldy Town (Commissary; Trading Post; Showers; at Baldy Town)


Assaying @ Baldy Town 


Food Pickup @ Baldy Town 


Climb Baldy Mountain  
9CHQ Homebound Muzzle Loading Rifles @ MirandaCommissary; Showers; Trading Post;  


Awards Campfire Commissary; Showers; Trading Post;  


Hike to Maxwell 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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Program opportunities not included on the official itinerary
This list is not complete and is dependent on the route you take each day.
Tyrannosaurus Rex Track at Six Mile Gate on day 2
Visit the Villa Philmonte at CHQ Trailbound on day 2
National Scouting Museum at CHQ Trailbound on day 2
Archaeology at Indian Writings on day 4
Petroglyphs Tour at Indian Writings on day 4
Atl Atl Darts at Indian Writings on day 4
Morse Code at Metcalf Station on day 4
Cantina Show at Ponil on day 5
Climb Hart Peak at Ponil on day 5
Gymkhana at Ponil on day 5
Cavalcade at Ponil on day 5
Cowboy Action Shooting at Ponil on day 5
Continental Tie & Lumber at Pueblano on day 6
pickup crew based challenge events at Head of Dean on day 7
Climb Baldy Mountain at Baldy Town on day 8
Tour Historic Baldy Town at Baldy Town on day 8
Mountain Man Rendezvous at Miranda on day 9
Climb Baldy Mountain at Miranda on day 9
Tomahawks at Miranda on day 9
Visit the Villa Philmonte at CHQ Homebound on day 9
National Scouting Museum at CHQ Homebound on day 9