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Philmont Itinerary 2024: 12-06

Difficulty: Challenging

Length: 12 days

Official Miles: 56 // Our Count: 61.3

Avg Miles per Day: 5.1 miles

Total Elevation: -235ft ↕ (14,295ft↑/14,530ft↓) // -72 meters ↕ (4,357m↑/4,429m↓)

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: Rimrock Park - Trail Camp

Distance¹: 2.2 miles / 3.5 KM

Campsite Elevation: 7,345 ft // 2,239 meters

Hiking Elevation: 426ft ↕ (481ft↑/55ft↓) // 130 meters ↕ (147m↑/17m↓)

Commisary: Camping HQ

Program: Ranger Training, Water, Trail Camp

Day 3: Trail Camp

Sleep at: Crags - Trail Camp

Distance¹: 5.4 miles / 8.7 KM

Campsite Elevation: 8,048 ft // 2,453 meters

Hiking Elevation: 700ft ↕ (2,177ft↑/1,477ft↓) // 213 meters ↕ (664m↑/450m↓)

Program: Cantina, Cabin Tour, New Mexican Homestead, Search & Rescue/Wilderness Medicine, Trail Camp

Day 4: Trail Camp

Sleep at: Agua Fria - Trail Camp

Distance¹: 5.1 miles / 8.2 KM

Campsite Elevation: 8,770 ft // 2,673 meters

Hiking Elevation: 698ft ↕ (2,318ft↑/1,620ft↓) // 213 meters ↕ (707m↑/494m↓)

Program: Rayado Lodge History, Fly Tying, Fly Fishing, Trail Camp

Day 5: Staffed Camp - Food Pickup

Sleep at: Apache Springs - Staffed Camp

Distance¹: 2.2 miles / 3.5 KM

Campsite Elevation: 9,403 ft // 2,866 meters

Hiking Elevation: 637ft ↕ (761ft↑/124ft↓) // 194 meters ↕ (232m↑/38m↓)

Commisary: Apache Springs

Program: Jicarilla Apache Life, 3D Archery

Day 6: Staffed Camp

Sleep at: Crooked Creek - Staffed Camp

Distance¹: 5.1 miles / 8.2 KM

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

Hiking Elevation: -78ft ↕ (775ft↑/853ft↓) // -24 meters ↕ (236m↑/260m↓)

Program: Homesteading, Cabin Tour, Animal Care

Day 7: Trail Camp

Sleep at: Red Hills - Trail Camp

Distance¹: 11.6 miles / 18.7 KM

Campsite Elevation: 10,310 ft // 3,142 meters

Hiking Elevation: 960ft ↕ (2,663ft↑/1,703ft↓) // 293 meters ↕ (812m↑/519m↓)

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

Day 8: Staffed Camp - Food Pickup

Sleep at: Beaubien - Staffed Camp

Distance¹: 6.9 miles / 11.1 KM

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

Hiking Elevation: -954ft ↕ (1,217ft↑/2,171ft↓) // -291 meters ↕ (371m↑/662m↓)

Commisary: Phillips Junction

Program: Climb Big Red, Western Lore & Branding, Chuckwagon Dinner, Campfire

Day 9: Staffed Camp - Layover

Sleep at: Beaubien - Staffed Camp

Distance¹: 0.1 miles / 0.2 KM

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

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

Program: Conservation Project, Horse Rides, Campfire

Day 10: Staffed Camp - Food Pickup

Sleep at: Miners Park - Staffed Camp

Distance¹: 9.2 miles / 14.8 KM

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

Hiking Elevation: -1,316ft ↕ (1,802ft↑/3,118ft↓) // -401 meters ↕ (549m↑/950m↓)

Commisary: Miners Park

Program: Hike Trail Peak, Tie Making & Crosscut Saws

Day 11: Trail Camp

Sleep at: Stockade Ridge - Trail Camp

Distance¹: 5.9 miles / 9.5 KM

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

Hiking Elevation: -462ft ↕ (442ft↑/904ft↓) // -141 meters ↕ (135m↑/276m↓)

Program: Rock Climbing & Rappeling, Water, Trail Camp

Day 12: Base Camp

Trailhead: Lovers Leap Trailhead

Sleep at: Camping HQ - Base Camp

Distance¹: 7.6 miles / 12.2 KM

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

Hiking Elevation: -846ft ↕ (1,659ft↑/2,505ft↓) // -258 meters ↕ (506m↑/764m↓)

Program: Side hike Tooth of Time, Hike to Lovers Leap Trailhead, Hike into Base Camp via Tooth Ridge Trail, 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.