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Philmont Itinerary 2024: 12-15

Difficulty: Rugged

Length: 12 days

Official Miles: 64 // Our Count: 60.2

Avg Miles per Day: 5.8 miles

Total Elevation: -251ft ↕ (12,601ft↑/12,852ft↓) // -77 meters ↕ (3,841m↑/3,917m↓)

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: Crater Lake - Staffed Camp

Distance¹: 4.6 miles / 7.4 KM

Campsite Elevation: 8,390 ft // 2,557 meters

Hiking Elevation: 561ft ↕ (1,296ft↑/735ft↓) // 171 meters ↕ (395m↑/224m↓)

Program: Spar Pole Climbing, Tie Making & Crosscut Saws, Campfire

Day 4: Staffed Camp - Food Pickup

Sleep at: Phillips Junction - Staffed Camp

Distance¹: 8.9 miles / 14.3 KM

Campsite Elevation: 8,950 ft // 2,728 meters

Hiking Elevation: 547ft ↕ (2,678ft↑/2,131ft↓) // 167 meters ↕ (816m↑/650m↓)

Commisary: Phillips Junction

Program: Hike Trail Peak, Western Lore & Branding, Conservation Project

Day 5: Trail Camp

Sleep at: Agua Fria - Trail Camp

Distance¹: 3.7 miles / 6 KM

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

Hiking Elevation: -173ft ↕ (406ft↑/579ft↓) // -53 meters ↕ (124m↑/176m↓)

Program: Rayado Lodge History, Fly Fishing, Trail Camp

Day 6: 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: 677ft ↕ (772ft↑/95ft↓) // 206 meters ↕ (235m↑/29m↓)

Commisary: Apache Springs

Program: 3D Archery, Jicarilla Apache Life

Day 7: 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, Animal Care, Cabin Tour

Day 8: Trail Camp

Sleep at: Mount Phillips - Trail Camp

Distance¹: 9.5 miles / 15.3 KM

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

Hiking Elevation: 2,330ft ↕ (2,640ft↑/310ft↓) // 710 meters ↕ (805m↑/94m↓)

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

Day 9: Trail Camp

Sleep at: Thunder Ridge - Trail Camp

Distance¹: 2.2 miles / 3.5 KM

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

Hiking Elevation: -1,197ft ↕ (77ft↑/1,274ft↓) // -365 meters ↕ (23m↑/388m↓)

Program: Water, Climb Comanche Peak, Trail Camp

Day 10: Staffed Camp

Sleep at: Cyphers Mine - Staffed Camp

Distance¹: 5.1 miles / 8.2 KM

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

Hiking Elevation: -1,197ft ↕ (77ft↑/1,274ft↓) // -365 meters ↕ (23m↑/388m↓)

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

Day 11: Staffed Camp - Food Pickup

Sleep at: Clarks Fork - Staffed Camp

Distance¹: 5.1 miles / 8.2 KM

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

Hiking Elevation: -1,840ft ↕ (156ft↑/1,996ft↓) // -561 meters ↕ (48m↑/608m↓)

Commisary: Cimarroncito

Program: Visiting Forester, Western Lore/Branding, Horse Rides, 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: 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.