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Super Strenuous; Approximately 52 miles; Maps required: north; No KMZ data available
Treks BookTrek 911


This vista-rich itinerary has a great elevation profile with a supportive buildup, pinnacle ‘mountain-top’ experience, and a reflective to relaxing end. While the Baldy Mountain area will bring you to new heights on day’s 5-6; it’s flanked by design to make your trek successful and memorable. The first couple days will include initial skills taught by your Ranger while building excitement with fantastic views of Baldy Mountain. Then, on days 3-4, your crew will participate in an activity that brings many guests outside of their comfort zone – shotgun reloading and shooting. Let the booming sounds wake you up and open your eyes to the incredible space that you get to be a part of – Philmont Scout Ranch! After truly immersing yourself over the first 3 days at Philmont, now is the perfect time to begin turning individuals into teammates at Head of Dean. Approach this camp with the willingness to break down barriers, the humility to accept imperfection, and the courage to help others. Communication is key. The pinnacle of your experience will likely be Baldy Mountain and your days at Copper Park. As you explore this area, you can see, feel, and imagine the history here. Its impact is pervasive, and you’ll feel enchanted here. Absorb the mining history and allow yourself to be transported back in time – it’s not hard to do! While there’s still vast quantities of gold in Baldy Mountain’s interior, it’s unlikely you’ll find more than a flake or two. However, the real gold is the memories you take home – a treasure that grows bigger and bigger through the rest of your life. As you hike down from the clouds, Rich Cabins and Ponil on days 7-8 are perfect camps for reflecting on your experience as well as the experiences of historic peoples at Philmont Scout Ranch. At Rich Cabins, you’ll be able to compare your outdoor recreation pursuits to the homesteading endeavors of the Rich Family. Further down at Ponil, you’ll understand the ranching efforts of cowboys in the West, and do some horseback riding of your own. And finally, as your bus returns to the ‘real world’, your memories will be filled with an incredible outdoor experience and your mind will be filled with a broadened perspective into historical counterparts and their many uses of this land.

Unique Campsite: Copper Park; Copper Park; Rich Cabins;

DayCampProgram FeaturesCampsite Features
1CHQ Trailbound Opening Campfire Commissary; Showers; Trading Post;  
2Dean Skyline Ranger Training Trail Camp; 
3Santa Claus 12 Gauge Shotgun shooting/reloading -  
4Baldy Skyline Challenge Events @ Head of DeanTrail Camp; 
5Copper Park Conservation Project @ Baldy TownTrail Camp; (Commissary; Trading Post; Showers; at Baldy Town)


Mining History @ Baldy TownTrail Camp; 


Assaying @ Baldy TownTrail Camp; 


Food Pickup @ Baldy TownTrail Camp; 
6Copper Park Climb Baldy Mountain @ Baldy TownTrail Camp; (Commissary; Trading Post; Showers; at Baldy Town)
7Rich Cabins Cabin Tour Commissary; Low Impact Camp;  


Campfire Commissary; Low Impact Camp;  


Food Pickup Commissary; Low Impact Camp;  


Homesteading Commissary; Low Impact Camp;  
8Ponil Western Lore / Branding Commissary; Trading Post; Showers;  


Cantina Commissary; Trading Post; Showers;  


Chuck Wagon Dinner 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;  


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 CHQ Trailbound on day 1
National Scouting Museum at CHQ Trailbound on day 1
pickup crew based challenge events at Head of Dean on day 4
Tour Historic Baldy Town at Baldy Town on day 6
Mining History at Baldy Town on day 6
Assaying at Baldy Town on day 6
Evening music at Rich Cabins on day 7
Animal Care at Rich Cabins on day 7
Cantina at Ponil on day 9
Western Lore / Branding at Ponil on day 9
Cantina Show at Ponil on day 9
Climb Hart Peak at Ponil on day 9
Gymkhana at Ponil on day 9
Cavalcade at Ponil on day 9
Cowboy Action Shooting at Ponil on day 9
Visit the Villa Philmonte at CHQ Homebound on day 9
National Scouting Museum at CHQ Homebound on day 9