Back 2023 Trek 9-4 Forward

Rugged; Approximately 46 miles; Maps required: North

Regions visited: North Country

Trek History: New as 9-4 in 2023;

This challenging North Country itinerary will take you to Philmont’s highest point and get you great program opportunities along the way. You will start your trek off at Ponil Trailhead before hiking on to Sioux for the night. The next day you will hike to Pueblano Ruins but be sure to visit the loggers at Pueblano to learn logging skills with the Continental Tie and Lumber Co. and to experience their company meeting that night for a great musical experience. Be sure to stop at French Henry to explore the Aztec Mine or do some gold panning! Baldy Town is where you will camp next to prepare for the following day’s summit: Baldy Mountain at 12,441 ft. above sea level. If your crew feels up to it, you can go down to Copper Park and complete the Baldy/Copper Loop, enjoying the beautiful views along the way. After your day of conquering Baldy, it's early to bed, early to rise, so you can get down to the Mountain Man Rendezvous at Miranda before hiking to Baldy Skyline where you will get a great view to reflect upon your accomplishment the previous day. After spending the night at Baldy Skyline, pass through Head of Dean and work with the facilitators to conquer some of their challenge course events. Next, you will hike to to Santa Claus, where you will enjoy the 12-gauge shotgun shooting and reloading program before camping there for the night. The following day you will head to Cimarroncita, Philmont's newest staffed camp. Here you will learn about hunter safety before trying out the new laser shooting range. It's a short hike to the Ute Park Trailhead for your bus pickup and trip back to Base Camp!

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: Sioux; Pueblano Ruins; Baldy Town; Baldy Town;
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DayCampProgram FeaturesCampsite Features
1Camping Headquarters Opening Campfire Commissary; Showers; Trading Post;  
2Sioux Ranger Training Trail Camp; 

Food Pickup @ Camping HeadquartersCommissary; Showers; Trading Post;

Bus to Ponil Trailhead
3Pueblano Ruins Crosscut Saws / Tie making @ PueblanoTrail Camp; 

spar pole climbing @ Pueblano 

Campfire @ Pueblano 

Conservation Project @ SiouxTrail Camp;
4Baldy Town Blacksmithing @ French HenryCommissary; Trading Post; Showers;  

Gold Mining & Panning @ French Henry 

Mine Tour @ French Henry 
5Baldy Town Assaying Commissary; Trading Post; Showers;  

Mining History  

Food Pickup  

Climb Baldy Mountain  
6Baldy Skyline Mountain Man Rendezvous @ MirandaTrail Camp; 

Tomahawks @ Miranda 
7Santa Claus Challenge Events @ Head of Dean 
8Cimarroncita 12 Gauge Shotgun shooting/reloading @ Santa Claus 

3D Archery  

Hunter Education & Laser Range  

Food Pickup  
9Camping Headquarters Awards Campfire Commissary; Showers; Trading Post;  

Hike to Ute Park Trailhead

Hunter Education & Laser Range @ Cimarroncita
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
2Camping HeadquartersVisit the Villa PhilmonteCommissary; Showers; Trading Post;
National Scouting Museum
3PueblanoContinental Tie & Lumber
5Baldy TownTour Historic Baldy TownCommissary; Trading Post; Showers;
6MirandaMuzzle Loading Rifles
Climb Baldy Mountain
7Head of Deanpickup crew based challenge events
9Camping HeadquartersVisit the Villa PhilmonteCommissary; Showers; Trading Post;
National Scouting Museum
Ride into Cattle Headquarters
Cimarroncita3D Archery
Ute Park Pass Hike Prep
Hike through 2018 Ute Park Fire Zone
This list is not complete and is dependent on the route you take each day.