Compare 2014 Trek 26 to 2013 Trek 26


2014 description: '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 experience by touring the historic Chase Ranch and spend the first night at Dean Heck Camp. Continue to Dean Cow for rock climbing and rappelling before camping near an old sawmill at New Dean. Next, challenge events at Head of Dean will bring your crew together and the Continental Tie & Lumber Company at Pueblano is an additional treat. From there, hike over beautiful Wilson Mesa to Rich Cabins, where you will learn to homestead and be entertained by the musically talented Rich family. Work on a project with the Conservation Department and keep hiking 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 Windy Gap and safely navigate your way to the McCrystal Creek Leave No Trace Camping Area for an unparalleled view of the Philmont skyline. Hike east to Whiteman Vega where your crew will ride some of the finest mountian biking trails in New Mexico. Camp at Ring Place for the night and enjoy the astronomy program with no lights for miles. Help the staff at Seally Canyon with an important search and rescue mission and camp on the southeast side of the Beatty Lakes Leave No Trace Camping Area. Hike beautiful Abran Canyon towards Indian Writings and enjoy touring the fascinating petroglyphs left by the Ancestral Puebloan people prior to 1300 CE. Be sure to stop by the world’s only confirmed T-Rex track… it’s right here in the North Ponil Valley! Next stop… Base Camp!'

2013 description: 'This program filled trek hikes through all of the North Country, climb Baldy Mountain, and hike in to Base Camp via the Tooth of Time! You will also let pack burros carry a portion of your gear! Start off by seeing the world’s only known T-Rex track… it’s right here in the North Ponil Valley. Watch a gorgeous sunset at House Canyon Camp and visit the fascinating petroglyphs left by the ancient Ancestral Puebloan people around 1300 AD at Indian Writings. You will stay at Old Camp before heading to historic Ponil where Cowboy Action Shooting will make its Philmont programmatic debut this summer. Ride horses, brand boots, test your roping skills, and eat a chuck wagon dinner and a cowboy breakfast before picking up burros and making your way to visit the Continental Tie and Lumber Company at Pueblano. There, you will climb spar poles, cut cross ties, and enjoy the logger’s stories/music at their “Company Meeting” campfire. You will shoot booming .50 caliber black powder rifles on your way to Black Horse where your two day stay will enable you to climb Baldy Mountain, explore Lucien Maxwell’s Aztec Mine, and visit historic Baldy Town. Hike to Head of Dean to participate in initiative games and challenge events that will bring your crew together as you continue your journey to New Dean. Enjoy camping at the site of an old sawmill, check out Black Jack’s Hideout, and head to Harlan to learn to reload your own shotgun shells before firing them at our scenic shooting range. Enjoy the hike to Cimarroncito, where you will be some of the first crews to rock climb several new routes this season. Test your climbing skills in the rock gym and see if you will be one of the few to make it all the way around “the wall.” Swing by Waite Phillips’ Hunting Lodge, Demonstration Forest, and Clark’s Fork before your last night of camping at Upper Clark’s Fork. You will enjoy hiking rugged Tooth Ridge and climbing the Tooth of Time before making your way to Base Camp.'

Day2014 Trek 26 Campsite2013 Trek 26 CampsiteProgram Differences
1Trailbound Tent CityTrail Creek Turnaround 
2Turkey Creek  
3New Dean  
4Ponil  
5Rich Cabins  
6Middle Ponil  
7Middle Ponil  
8McCrystal Creek  
9Ring Place  
10Beatty Lakes  
11Indian Writings  
12Homebound Tent City