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Philmont Itinerary 2024: 12-02

Difficulty: Challenging

Length: 12 days

Official Miles: 52 // Our Count: 56.2

Avg Miles per Day: 4.7 miles

Total Elevation: -433ft ↕ (12,166ft↑/12,599ft↓) // -132 meters ↕ (3,708m↑/3,840m↓)

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: Lovers Leap Trailhead

Sleep at: Lovers Leap - Trail Camp

Distance¹: 2.1 miles / 3.4 KM

Campsite Elevation: 7,383 ft // 2,250 meters

Hiking Elevation: 364ft ↕ (935ft↑/571ft↓) // 111 meters ↕ (285m↑/174m↓)

Commisary: Camping HQ

Program: Ranger Training, Trail Camp

Day 3: Staffed Camp - Food Pickup

Sleep at: Miners Park - Staffed Camp

Distance¹: 2.1 miles / 3.4 KM

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

Hiking Elevation: 515ft ↕ (768ft↑/253ft↓) // 157 meters ↕ (234m↑/77m↓)

Commisary: Miners Park

Program: Rock Climbing & Rappeling

Day 4: Trail Camp

Sleep at: Lower Bonito - Trail Camp

Distance¹: 4.7 miles / 7.6 KM

Campsite Elevation: 8,973 ft // 2,735 meters

Hiking Elevation: 989ft ↕ (1,552ft↑/563ft↓) // 301 meters ↕ (473m↑/172m↓)

Program: Tie Making & Crosscut Saws, Conservation Project, Trail Camp

Day 5: Trail Camp

Sleep at: Lost Cabin - Trail Camp

Distance¹: 5.5 miles / 8.9 KM

Campsite Elevation: 9,221 ft // 2,811 meters

Hiking Elevation: 236ft ↕ (1,441ft↑/1,205ft↓) // 72 meters ↕ (439m↑/367m↓)

Program: Rayado Lodge History, Trail Camp

Day 6: Staffed Camp - Food Pickup

Sleep at: Crooked Creek - Staffed Camp

Distance¹: 6.0 miles / 9.7 KM

Campsite Elevation: 9,347 ft // 2,849 meters

Hiking Elevation: 113ft ↕ (1,004ft↑/891ft↓) // 34 meters ↕ (306m↑/272m↓)

Commisary: Apache Springs

Program: Jicarilla Apache Life, 3D Archery

Day 7: Trail Camp

Sleep at: Wild Horse - Trail Camp

Distance¹: 2.4 miles / 3.9 KM

Campsite Elevation: 10,458 ft // 3,188 meters

Hiking Elevation: 1,095ft ↕ (1,110ft↑/15ft↓) // 334 meters ↕ (338m↑/5m↓)

Program: Homesteading, Cabin Tour

Day 8: Trail Camp

Sleep at: Mount Phillips - Trail Camp

Distance¹: 7.4 miles / 11.9 KM

Campsite Elevation: 11,704 ft // 3,567 meters

Hiking Elevation: 1,208ft ↕ (1,821ft↑/613ft↓) // 368 meters ↕ (555m↑/187m↓)

Program: Rocky Mountain Fur Co., Tomahawks, Climb Mt. Phillips via the new Order of the Arrow trail, Water, Trail Camp

Day 9: Staffed Camp

Sleep at: Cyphers Mine - Staffed Camp

Distance¹: 6.0 miles / 9.7 KM

Campsite Elevation: 9,316 ft // 2,840 meters

Hiking Elevation: -2,320ft ↕ (191ft↑/2,511ft↓) // -707 meters ↕ (58m↑/765m↓)

Program: Gold Mining & Panning, Mine Tour, Blacksmithing, Campfire

Day 10: Staffed Camp - Food Pickup

Sleep at: Hunting Lodge - Staffed Camp

Distance¹: 6.2 miles / 10 KM

Campsite Elevation: 7,811 ft // 2,381 meters

Hiking Elevation: -1,558ft ↕ (416ft↑/1,974ft↓) // -475 meters ↕ (127m↑/602m↓)

Commisary: Cimarroncito

Program: Rock Climbing or Climbing Gym, Trail Camp

Day 11: Staffed Camp

Sleep at: Clarks Fork - Staffed Camp

Distance¹: 1.8 miles / 2.9 KM

Campsite Elevation: 7,539 ft // 2,298 meters

Hiking Elevation: -258ft ↕ (162ft↑/420ft↓) // -79 meters ↕ (49m↑/128m↓)

Program: Visiting Forester, Western Lore & Branding, Chuckwagon Dinner, Campfire

Day 12: Base Camp

Trailhead: Tooth Ridge Trailhead

Sleep at: Camping HQ - Base Camp

Distance¹: 12.0 miles / 19.3 KM

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

Hiking Elevation: -817ft ↕ (2,766ft↑/3,583ft↓) // -249 meters ↕ (843m↑/1,092m↓)

Program: Water, Climb Shaefers Peak, Climb Tooth of Time, Hike in via Tooth Ridge, 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.