Photos needed Back 2022 Trek 9-4 Forward Virtual Tour

Challenging; Approximately 39 miles; Maps required: north; No KMZ data available

Trek History: New as 9-4 in 2020; 9-4 in 2021-22

This far north, nine-day trek, brings you from the oldest footprints on Philmont to the more recent boot prints of the cowboy west. In addition to examples of footwear, your crew will experience tracks of a different kind – from artifact metal rails to rubber impressed trails. Your crew’s first backcountry highlight is visiting the T-Rex track, which will transport you to a time when sandy beaches were the landscape and dinosaurs hiked these trails. Your Philmont Ranger will still be with you as your crew continues through Indian Writings camp and a tour of the Ancestral Puebloan petroglyphs. Try to spot them from the valley as if you were a passenger on the trains that also inhabited these trails. From the petroglyphs, you’ll follow these relic train routes through the North Ponil Canyon. At Metcalf Station, your crew will move from trails to rails. Work as a laborer on these tracks and gain an appreciation for your modern world struggles. From here, you’ll leave the metal train tracks and begin trekking toward tracks made from robber. The Valle Vidal tract of land includes a remote mountain bike camp called Whiteman Vega. Whether you’ve never ridden a bike or are a downhill expert, the team at this northernmost camp will help you grind the gears. On day six, your crew will complete a conservation project before heading south to Seally Canyon. On the surface, Philmont’s nationally renowned Conservation Department will open your eyes to see the work you never knew went into outdoor recreation. On a deeper level, your crew will be given ownership and responsibility - learning to respect the land, shoulder their fair of the burden, and hard work is its own reward. Next, learn a variety of Search and Rescue tactics from the incident command post at Seally Canyon, and learn about lost person behavior, wilderness medicine, and more. Challenge course events await you as you pass through Dan Beard, where you can hone your skills as a team working together to overcome a variety of obstacles. Your last day is downhill as you head for the final roundup, Cowboy Action Shooting, and horse rides at Ponil western lore camp. Reflect on the vast history of Philmont Scout Ranch and the many rails, trails, tracks, and footprints you’ve witnessed, including yours, as you make your way back to base from the Poni Trailhead!

Per the Guidebook to Itineraries: "Due to potential emergencies, such as catastrophic fires, Crews must not deviate from their assigned itinerary. Changes are only permitted for bona fide medical emergencies and must be approved in advance by the Logistics Department."

Unique Campsite: Beatty Lakes; Whiteman Vega; Seally Canyon; Dan Beard;

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)
3Metcalf Station Archaeology @ Indian Writings (Showers; at Indian Writings)

Petroglyphs Tour @ Indian Writings 



4Beatty LakesLow Impact Camp; Trail Camp; 
5Whiteman 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;  
6Seally Canyon Search & Rescue / Wilderness Medicine Low Impact Camp;  

Conservation Project @ Whiteman VegaLow Impact Camp;  (Low Impact Camp; at Whiteman Vega)
7Dan Beard Challenge Events Low Impact Camp;  
8Ponil Cowboy Action Shooting Commissary; Trading Post; Showers;  

Chuck Wagon Dinner Commissary; Trading Post; Showers;  

Cantina Commissary; Trading Post; Showers;  

Campfire Commissary; Trading Post; Showers;  
9CHQ Homebound Horse Rides @ PonilCommissary; Showers; Trading Post;  (Commissary; Trading Post; Showers; at Ponil)

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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Crews passing through staff camps are not scheduled for program. If time and space allow, some crews may be able to participate in some of the programs offered.

DayCampPotential Additional Program FeaturesCampsite Features
2Six Mile GateTyrannosaurus Rex Track
CHQ TrailboundVisit the Villa PhilmonteCommissary; Showers; Trading Post;
National Scouting Museum
3Indian WritingsAtl Atl DartsShowers;
Metcalf StationMorse Code
5Ring PlaceAstronomyCommissary; Low Impact Camp;
Historic Homestead
Side Hike to McCrystal Creek Ruins
6Whiteman VegaMountain BikingLow Impact Camp;
7Dan BeardLeave No Trace TrainingLow Impact Camp;
9PonilCantinaCommissary; Trading Post; Showers;
Western Lore / Branding
Cantina Show
Climb Hart Peak
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.