Back 2022 Trek 9-6 Forward

Rugged; Approximately 43 miles; Maps required: north; No KMZ data available

Trek History: New as 9-6 in 2020; 9-6 in 2021-22

This program packed itinerary loops through the Philmont North Country and combines high peaks and beautiful vistas with Southwest history. The adventure begins with a bus from Base Camp to the Six-Mile Gate Trailhead and a short hike to the first confirmed T-Rex footprint in the world. You’ll make your way to Anasazi trail camp where your Ranger will pass on important skills. Head up the North Ponil Canyon through Indian Writings where you will see Ancestral Puebloan petroglyphs then listen for the echo of the mauls striking spikes as you make your way to Metcalf Station to learn what life was like on the railroad. You’ll help rebuild the old rail line and enjoy great music and stories at the evening campfire program. The next day you will be rewarded with a chance to do some horseback riding, roping, and branding at Ponil. Enjoy a cold and refreshing root beer at the cantina, chow down on a delicious chuckwagon meal and prepare to be entertained at the evening Cantina Show! Head up the North Ponil River to the Continental Tie and Lumber Co. at Pueblano where your crew can climb spar poles and make rail ties before enjoying yet another amazing campfire performance. Move on up to Ute Meadows for a layover and prepare yourself with rest and reflection before your ascent of Philmont's highest peak. Climbing to the top of the 12,441 ft. Baldy Mountain is sure to be the highlight of your Philmont adventure! You’ll have the option to enjoy the loop around through Copper Park and on to the Aztec Mine at French Henry, eventually ending up back at the old mining town at Baldy Town. Your next day is just a short hike to Miranda where you will have plenty of time for muzzle loading rifles, tomahawks and the mountain man rendezvous. Your final hike brings you to the Maxwell Trailhead for your trip back to Base Camp. What a trek!

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

Ranger Training  

Bus to Six Mile Gate

Food Pickup @ CHQ TrailboundCommissary; Showers; Trading Post;
3Metcalf Station Petroglyphs Tour @ Indian Writings (Showers; at Indian Writings)



4Ponil Food Pickup Commissary; Trading Post; Showers;  

Western Lore / Branding  


Horse Rides  

Chuck Wagon Dinner  

5Pueblano Conservation Project @ Flume Canyon (Trail Camp; at Flume Canyon)
6Ute Meadows Crosscut Saws / Tie making @ PueblanoTrail Camp; 

Campfire @ Pueblano 

spar pole climbing @ Pueblano 
7Ute Meadows Food Pickup @ Baldy TownTrail Camp; (Commissary; Trading Post; Showers; at Baldy Town)

Mining History @ Baldy Town 

Assaying @ Baldy Town 

Gold Mining & Panning @ French Henry

Mine Tour @ French Henry 

Climb Baldy Mountain  
8Miranda Mountain Man Rendezvous  

Muzzle Loading Rifles  

9CHQ Homebound Awards Campfire Commissary; Showers; Trading Post;  

Hike to Maxwell Trailhead
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.

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 WritingsArchaeologyShowers;
Atl Atl Darts
Metcalf StationMorse Code
4PonilCantina ShowCommissary; Trading Post; Showers;
Climb Hart Peak
Cowboy Action Shooting
6PueblanoContinental Tie & Lumber
7Baldy TownClimb Baldy MountainCommissary; Trading Post; Showers;
Tour Historic Baldy Town
French HenryBlacksmithing
8MirandaClimb Baldy Mountain
9CHQ 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.