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Philmont Itinerary 2024: 12-01

Difficulty: Challenging

Length: 12 days

Official Miles: 50 // Our Count: 49.8

Avg Miles per Day: 4.5 miles

Total Elevation: 1,151ft ↕ (10,640ft↑/9,489ft↓) // 351 meters ↕ (3,243m↑/2,892m↓)

Year: 2024

Day 1: Base Camp

Sleep at: Camping HQ - Base Camp

Distance¹: 0.0 miles / 0 KM

Campsite Elevation: 6,700 ft // 2,042 meters

Hiking Elevation: 0ft ↕ (0ft↑/0ft↓) // 0 meters ↕ (0m↑/0m↓)

Program: Opening Campfire

Day 2: Trail Camp - Food Pickup

Trailhead: Zastrow Trailhead

Sleep at: Toothache Springs - Trail Camp

Distance¹: 1.8 miles / 2.9 KM

Campsite Elevation: 7,864 ft // 2,397 meters

Hiking Elevation: 936ft ↕ (958ft↑/22ft↓) // 285 meters ↕ (292m↑/7m↓)

Commisary: Camping HQ

Program: Ranger Training, Trail Camp

Day 3: Staffed Camp

Sleep at: Urraca - Staffed Camp

Distance¹: 1.6 miles / 2.6 KM

Campsite Elevation: 7,966 ft // 2,428 meters

Hiking Elevation: 143ft ↕ (511ft↑/368ft↓) // 44 meters ↕ (156m↑/112m↓)

Program: Challenge Events, Campfire

Day 4: Trail Camp

Sleep at: Stockade Ridge - Trail Camp

Distance¹: 4.9 miles / 7.9 KM

Campsite Elevation: 7,521 ft // 2,292 meters

Hiking Elevation: -484ft ↕ (705ft↑/1,189ft↓) // -148 meters ↕ (215m↑/362m↓)

Program: High Ropes & Climbing Tower, Water, Trail Camp

Day 5: Staffed Camp - Food Pickup

Sleep at: Miners Park - Staffed Camp

Distance¹: 8.5 miles / 13.7 KM

Campsite Elevation: 8,002 ft // 2,439 meters

Hiking Elevation: 482ft ↕ (1,379ft↑/897ft↓) // 147 meters ↕ (420m↑/273m↓)

Commisary: Miners Park

Program: Climb Tooth of Time, Climb Shaefers Peak

Day 6: Staffed Camp

Sleep at: Black Mountain - Staffed Camp

Distance¹: 5.1 miles / 8.2 KM

Campsite Elevation: 8,990 ft // 2,740 meters

Hiking Elevation: 1,044ft ↕ (1,475ft↑/431ft↓) // 318 meters ↕ (450m↑/131m↓)

Program: Post Civil War Encampment, Muzzle Loading Black Powder Rifle, Blacksmithing

Day 7: Staffed Camp

Sleep at: Beaubien - Staffed Camp

Distance¹: 3.4 miles / 5.5 KM

Campsite Elevation: 9,349 ft // 2,850 meters

Hiking Elevation: 289ft ↕ (938ft↑/649ft↓) // 88 meters ↕ (286m↑/198m↓)

Program: Conservation Project, Chuckwagon Dinner, Campfire

Day 8: Trail Camp - Food Pickup

Sleep at: Porcupine - Trail Camp

Distance¹: 2.7 miles / 4.3 KM

Campsite Elevation: 9,085 ft // 2,769 meters

Hiking Elevation: -230ft ↕ (413ft↑/643ft↓) // -70 meters ↕ (126m↑/196m↓)

Commisary: Phillips Junction

Program: Horse Rides, Western Lore & Branding, Trail Camp

Day 9: Trail Camp

Sleep at: Divide - Trail Camp

Distance¹: 4.1 miles / 6.6 KM

Campsite Elevation: 10,590 ft // 3,228 meters

Hiking Elevation: 1,499ft ↕ (1,983ft↑/484ft↓) // 457 meters ↕ (604m↑/148m↓)

Program: Homesteading, Climb Big Red, Water, Trail Camp

Day 10: Staffed Camp

Sleep at: Clear Creek - Staffed Camp

Distance¹: 6.8 miles / 10.9 KM

Campsite Elevation: 10,297 ft // 3,139 meters

Hiking Elevation: -319ft ↕ (1,351ft↑/1,670ft↓) // -97 meters ↕ (412m↑/509m↓)

Program: Climb Comanche Peak and Mount Phillips, Rocky Mountain Fur Co., Tomahawks

Day 11: Trail Camp

Sleep at: Tolby Headwaters - Trail Camp

Distance¹: 3.7 miles / 6 KM

Campsite Elevation: 9,819 ft // 2,993 meters

Hiking Elevation: -466ft ↕ (501ft↑/967ft↓) // -142 meters ↕ (153m↑/295m↓)

Program: Muzzle Loading Black Powder Rifle, Trail Camp

Day 12: Base Camp

Trailhead: Tolby Trailhead

Sleep at: Camping HQ - Base Camp

Distance¹: 7.2 miles / 11.6 KM

Campsite Elevation: 6,700 ft // 2,042 meters

Hiking Elevation: -1,743ft ↕ (426ft↑/2,169ft↓) // -531 meters ↕ (130m↑/661m↓)

Program: Hike to Tolby Trailhead, Closing Campfire

¹ This is the official distance published by Philmont. This is the shortest possible amount you could hike that day. Depending on your crew's navigational abilities, you could hike a LOT more than this.