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Philmont Itinerary 2024: 12-08

Difficulty: Challenging

Length: 12 days

Official Miles: 59 // Our Count: 58.8

Avg Miles per Day: 5.4 miles

Total Elevation: -239ft ↕ (12,047ft↑/12,286ft↓) // -73 meters ↕ (3,672m↑/3,745m↓)

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: Heck Meadow Trailhead

Sleep at: Heck Meadow - Trail Camp

Distance¹: 4.0 miles / 6.4 KM

Campsite Elevation: 7,149 ft // 2,179 meters

Hiking Elevation: 424ft ↕ (535ft↑/111ft↓) // 129 meters ↕ (163m↑/34m↓)

Commisary: Camping HQ

Program: Water, Ranger Training, Trail Camp

Day 3: Staffed Camp - Food Pickup

Sleep at: Cimarroncito - Staffed Camp

Distance¹: 5.6 miles / 9 KM

Campsite Elevation: 8,145 ft // 2,483 meters

Hiking Elevation: 1,100ft ↕ (1,375ft↑/275ft↓) // 335 meters ↕ (419m↑/84m↓)

Commisary: Cimarroncito

Program: Visiting Forester, Rock Climbing & Rappeling

Day 4: Trail Camp

Sleep at: Thunder Ridge - Trail Camp

Distance¹: 6.8 miles / 10.9 KM

Campsite Elevation: 10,562 ft // 3,219 meters

Hiking Elevation: 2,386ft ↕ (2,867ft↑/481ft↓) // 727 meters ↕ (874m↑/147m↓)

Program: Gold Panning, Mine Tour, Water, Trail Camp

Day 5: Staffed Camp

Sleep at: Clear Creek - Staffed Camp

Distance¹: 8.3 miles / 13.4 KM

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

Hiking Elevation: -266ft ↕ (1,634ft↑/1,900ft↓) // -81 meters ↕ (498m↑/579m↓)

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

Day 6: Trail Camp

Sleep at: Porcupine - Trail Camp

Distance¹: 6.4 miles / 10.3 KM

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

Hiking Elevation: -1,207ft ↕ (279ft↑/1,486ft↓) // -368 meters ↕ (85m↑/453m↓)

Program: Muzzle Loading Rifles, Homesteading, Trail Camp

Day 7: Staffed Camp - Food Pickup

Sleep at: Beaubien - Staffed Camp

Distance¹: 2.7 miles / 4.3 KM

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

Hiking Elevation: -62ft ↕ (351ft↑/413ft↓) // -19 meters ↕ (107m↑/126m↓)

Commisary: Phillips Junction

Program: Western Lore/Branding, Chuckwagon Dinner, Campfire

Day 8: 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 9: Trail Camp

Sleep at: Bear Caves - Trail Camp

Distance¹: 8.6 miles / 13.8 KM

Campsite Elevation: 8,421 ft // 2,567 meters

Hiking Elevation: -903ft ↕ (1,707ft↑/2,610ft↓) // -275 meters ↕ (520m↑/796m↓)

Program: Tie Making & Crosscut Saws, Campfire, Trail Camp

Day 10: Staffed Camp

Sleep at: Urraca - Staffed Camp

Distance¹: 4.9 miles / 7.9 KM

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

Hiking Elevation: -426ft ↕ (803ft↑/1,229ft↓) // -130 meters ↕ (245m↑/375m↓)

Program: Challenge Events, Campfire

Day 11: Trail Camp

Sleep at: Tooth Ridge - Trail Camp

Distance¹: 5.2 miles / 8.4 KM

Campsite Elevation: 8,317 ft // 2,535 meters

Hiking Elevation: 318ft ↕ (1,638ft↑/1,320ft↓) // 97 meters ↕ (499m↑/402m↓)

Program: Water, Trail Camp

Day 12: Base Camp

Trailhead: Tooth Ridge Trailhead

Sleep at: Camping HQ - Base Camp

Distance¹: 6.2 miles / 10 KM

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

Hiking Elevation: -1,603ft ↕ (858ft↑/2,461ft↓) // -489 meters ↕ (262m↑/750m↓)

Program: 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.