Example Trek Itineraries

Example Trek Itineraries

Itinerary SC-A

The Touchette Trail

Start: Cito Turnaround

  1. Cimarroncito. (Rock Climbing). Today we hike to Cypher’s mine along the prettiest trail on Philmont: the North Fork of Cito Creek
  2. Cypher’s mine (Gold Mine, Blacksmithing). Today we hike the most challenging part of the itinerary: Cyphers to Thunder Ridge to Mt. Phillips to Clear Creek. It is uphill from Cyphers to the top of Mount Phillips. Challenging yes, but crews routinely do this segment.
  3. Clear Creek (Fur Company, Black Powder Rifle). This is the longest day on the trail, but possibly the easiest day. It is either downhill, or flat, all the way from Clear Creek to Fish Camp. We stop at Phillips Junction for food and a hot or tepid shower, as the case may be
  4. Fish Camp (Fly Fishing, Cabin tour). This is a lovely hike down to fairly new Carson Meadows.. We gain some altitude climbing out of Fish Camp, and then we hike the Rayado trail along the contour. There gentle ups and downs on this trail, nothing major
  5. Carson Meadows (Search and Rescue). Today we hike to our pick-up point, passing through Abreu where we can take advantage of the cantina and Mexican Homestead.

Stop: Zastrow

This is called the Touchette trail because it allows Rick Touchette to either camp in, or pass through, 3 camps at which he worked at Philmont.


Itinerary S-A

Medium difficulty

Start: Lover’s Leap

  1. Crater Lake, elevation 8400 (Lumber Company)
  2. Fish Camp, elevation 8554 (Fly Fishing)
  3. Beaubien, picking up food at PJ (Western Lore)
  4. Black Mountain, elevation 9040 (Blacksmith, Black Powder Rifle
  5. Miner’s Park, elevation 7960 (Rock Climbing)

Stop: Lover’s Leap

Pros

  • Gradual acclimation to elevation
  • Food pick-up at PJ without necessity of side hike
  • Chuck wagon dinner at Beaubien and morning horseback ride before departing for Black Mountain
  • Easy hike last day to catch morning transportation back to base camp
  • Gas fired hot showers at Beaubien and PJ, wood fired showers at Crater Lake, Miner’s Park unknown.

Cons

  • The hike from PJ to Beaubien is steep
  • The hike from Beaubien to Black Mountain, up to the point the trail goes down to Black Mountain, is a bit of a challenge

Itinerary C-A

Circling around Central Country

Start: Cito Turnaround

  1. Cimarroncito (Rock Climbing)
  2. Sawmill (30-06 Rifle Range)
  3. Cyphers Mine(Gold Mine, Blacksmithing). The first 2+ miles is a fairly steep 1200’ foot uphill trail. Easy strolling for the next 1.5 miles before the last part, an 800’ downhill drop into Cyphers.
  4. Harlan(Shotgun Range and Burro Racing), starting with the beautiful North Fork trail to the Hunting Lodge. This is a steady downhill walk from 9360’ to 8140’ and is very scenic with many stream crossings,, and then a choice of routes to Ute Springs. Take a side trip to Ute Gulch to pickup food and visit the trading post. Some good views as you go around Deer Lake Mesa into Harlan.
  5. Clark’s Fork (Western Lore, Horse Rides, Chuck wagon supper, Cantina). Backtrack of the trail around Deer Lake Mesa, then down the trail to Cathedral Rock, around Cimarroncito reservoir to Clark’s Fork. A total of about 8.5 miles with some pretty scenery along the way

Stop: Cito Turnaround


Itinerary CN-A

Long haul from Cito to Ponil, but lots of action

Start: Cito Turnaround

  1. Cimarroncito (Rock Climbing program). An uphill 4 mile or so hike on day 2 to Sawmill, from 8140’ to 9280’
  2. Sawmill (30-06 rifle range)
  3. Harlan(Shotgun Range and Burro Racing), with a side trip to Ute Gulch to pickup food and visit the trading post. This goes through some very pretty country and then some good views as you go around Deer Lake Mesa.
  4. Dean Cow (Rock Climbing and Environmental). Downhill to theUS64 crossing and then up Turkey Creek Canyon to a high point of 7865’ then down to Dean Cow at 7215’. This trip is an experience.
  5. Ponil (Western Lore, Horse Rides, Chuck wagon supper, Cantina). Trek through New Dean and Dean Skyline to Ponil. The trail goes up to 8400’ on the Skyline and then down to 7048’ at Ponil. You will see some of the areas that were involved in the massive fire in this area.

Stop: Ponil Turnaround


Itinerary N-A

A bit challenging, but all of the great North areas

Start: Ponil Turnaround

  1. Pueblano (Lumber Company)
  2. Ewell’s Park or Copper Park (Trail Camps)
  3. Baldy Town(food pickup) side hike to French Henry (Gold Mine, Blacksmithing)
  4. Baldy Town (layover) to allow ascending Baldy
  5. Miranda

Stop: Maxwell Turnaround (where personal cars were left prior to the start of the trek)

A crew did this itinerary in 2008 and were very happy with their experiences. Although it is definitely a strenuous trek.


Itinerary V-A

All the staffed camps in the Valle itinerary

Start: Ponil Turnaround

  1. Ponil (Western Lore, Horse Ride). At Ponil we enjoy the cantina, the chuck-wagon supper and pick up food. The next day we hike to the Rich Cabins. We hike north leaving Philmont proper, then enter the Elliott Barker Wildlife Area and then enter the 12,000 acre tract Philmont uses under agreement with Ted Turner. The Rich Cabins are located on this tract.
  2. Rich cabins (Homesteading). Before leaving the Rich Cabins, we pick up food. Then we hike to
  3. Seally Canyon (Search and Rescue) using map and compass, GPS, dead reckoning or all the above. This is the Valle proper.
  4. Ring Place (GPS Technology, Astronomy), again usingnavigational aids. We here again pick up more food.
  5. Whiteman Vega (Mountain Biking).Tonight we sleep in the heart of elk country: New Mexico’s largest elk herd lives here.

Stop: Whiteman Vega parking lot (itinerary requires sufficient cars to shuttle Trekkers back to base camp)

This itinerary provides for three food pick-ups. Packs will never be heavy with food.


Itinerary S-B

A Tougher Route

Start: Lover’s Leap

  1. Crater Lake, elevation 8400
  2. Fish Camp, elevation 8554
  3. Apache Springs, elevation 9360, pick up food
  4. Beaubien, elevation 9340, via PJ for additional food pick-up, enjoy hot showers
  5. Miner’s Park via Black Mountain, elevation 7960
  6. Lover’s Leap turnaround for morning transportation back to base camp

Stop: Lover’s Leap

Pros

  • Allows for gradual acclimation to altitude
  • Allows for easy hike the last day to Lover’s Leap turnaround from morning transportation back to base camp
  • Gas fired hot showers at Beaubien and PJ, wood fired showers at Crater Lake, Miner’s Park unknown

Cons

  • Long itinerary
  • The climb from PJ to Beaubien is steep
  • The climb from Beaubien to the point the trail starts down to Black Mountain is a bit of a challenge
  • The trail from Black Mountain to the cut-off to Miner’s Park is relatively new and the condition is unknown to the itinerary designer
  • The length of the hike from Beaubien to Miner’s Park will make horse ride unlikely.

Itinerary SC-B

A Challenging Hike

Start: Lover’s Leap

  1. Miner’s Park, elevation 7960.
  2. Crater Lake, elevation 8400.
  3. Beaubien, elevation 8400. Side hike to Phillips Junction to pick up food.
  4. Cypher’s Mine, elevation 9360.
  5. Cito, elevation 8160.

Stop: Cito Turnaround

Pros

  • Gradual acclimation to altitude
  • Can hike from Crater Lake to Beaubien via Trail Peak, if desired
  • Chuck wagon supper at Beaubien
  • Cypher’s to Cito along the North Fork trail is one of the prettiest hikes on Philmont
  • Gas fired hot showers at Beaubien and PJ, wood fired showers at Crater Lake and Cypher’s

Cons

  • Long itinerary
  • Side hike to PJ for food. The trail to PJ is downhill all the way, the return is uphill all the way
  • Early departure from Beaubien to Cypher’s makes horse ride unlikely
  • Beaubien to Cypher’s is long and the portion from Black Mountain to Comanche Pass is long and steep. This climb is what takes this itinerary out of the strenuous category into the challenging category
  • To get a morning departure from the Cito turnaround back to base camp, it will require a very early rising on the last morning.

Itinerary N-B

A stroll around the lower North Country

Start: Six Mile Gate

  1. Indian Writings on day one for the Archeology program
  2. Over Hart Peak to Ponil for the Western Lore program, Chuck wagon Supper, and Cantina
  3. Pueblano, the Continental Tie and Lumber Company
  4. Head of Dean. The program there is Challenge Events
  5. Miranda for the exciting Mountain Man experiences

Stop: Maxwell Turnaround (where personal cars were left prior to the start of the trek)


Itinerary V-B

A circular trip in the Valle

Start: Ponil Turnaround

  1. Rich Cabins. To get to Rich Cabins, we hike through Ponil, pausing to get root beer at the Cantina. We continue north, leave Philmont proper, hike through the Elliott Barker Wildlife area, and then enter the 12,000 acre tract which Philmont uses under agreement with Ted Turner and arrive at Rich Cabins. At Rich Cabins we pick up food.
  2. Seally Canyon. Then we hike to Seally Canyon using map and compass, GPS, deadreckoning or all the above. This is the Valle proper.
  3. Ring Place. We here again pick up more food.
  4. Greenwood Canyon. This is a trail camp. This is not on Philmont proper.
  5. Ponil. At Ponil we enjoy the cantina, hot showers and the chuck wagon dinner. We also pick up food.

Stop: Ponil Turnaround

This itinerary provides for three food pick-ups. Packs will never be heavy with food.