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Philmont Itinerary 2024: 12-18

Difficulty: Strenuous

Length: 12 days

Official Miles: 66 // Our Count: 68.5

Avg Miles per Day: 6 miles

Total Elevation: 1,576ft ↕ (11,784ft↑/10,208ft↓) // 480 meters ↕ (3,592m↑/3,111m↓)

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: Six Mile Trailhead

Sleep at: House Canyon - Trail Camp

Distance¹: 2.7 miles / 4.3 KM

Campsite Elevation: 7,186 ft // 2,190 meters

Hiking Elevation: 483ft ↕ (612ft↑/129ft↓) // 147 meters ↕ (187m↑/39m↓)

Commisary: Camping HQ

Program: T-Rex Track, Water, Ranger Training, Trail Camp

Day 3: Staffed Camp

Sleep at: Chase Cow - Staffed Camp

Distance¹: 4.1 miles / 6.6 KM

Campsite Elevation: 7,033 ft // 2,144 meters

Hiking Elevation: -128ft ↕ (558ft↑/686ft↓) // -39 meters ↕ (170m↑/209m↓)

Program: Rock Climbing & Rappeling, Bouldering

Day 4: Trail Camp

Sleep at: Coyote Howl - Trail Camp

Distance¹: 4.9 miles / 7.9 KM

Campsite Elevation: 7,570 ft // 2,307 meters

Hiking Elevation: 458ft ↕ (830ft↑/372ft↓) // 140 meters ↕ (253m↑/113m↓)

Program: Water, Trail Camp

Day 5: Staffed Camp

Sleep at: Dan Beard - Staffed Camp

Distance¹: 9.3 miles / 15 KM

Campsite Elevation: 7,924 ft // 2,415 meters

Hiking Elevation: 365ft ↕ (1,480ft↑/1,115ft↓) // 111 meters ↕ (451m↑/340m↓)

Program: Petroglyph Tour, Railroading

Day 6: Staffed Camp - Food Pickup

Sleep at: Ring Place - Staffed Camp

Distance¹: 10.3 miles / 16.6 KM

Campsite Elevation: 8,127 ft // 2,477 meters

Hiking Elevation: 215ft ↕ (789ft↑/574ft↓) // 66 meters ↕ (240m↑/175m↓)

Commisary: Ring Place

Program: Challenge Events, Mountain Biking, Astronomy

Day 7: Trail Camp

Sleep at: Iris Park Low Impact Camp - Trail Camp

Distance¹: 5.3 miles / 8.5 KM

Campsite Elevation: 8,581 ft // 2,615 meters

Hiking Elevation: 444ft ↕ (626ft↑/182ft↓) // 135 meters ↕ (191m↑/55m↓)

Program: Conservation Project, Valle Vidal Hiking, Leave No Trace Trail Camp

Day 8: Staffed Camp

Sleep at: Rich Cabins - Staffed Camp

Distance¹: 8.3 miles / 13.4 KM

Campsite Elevation: 7,744 ft // 2,360 meters

Hiking Elevation: -858ft ↕ (560ft↑/1,418ft↓) // -262 meters ↕ (171m↑/432m↓)

Program: Homesteading, Animal Care, Cabin Tour, Campfire, Low Impact Camping

Day 9: Trail Camp

Sleep at: Ewells Park - Trail Camp

Distance¹: 8.7 miles / 14 KM

Campsite Elevation: 9,470 ft // 2,886 meters

Hiking Elevation: 1,739ft ↕ (2,564ft↑/825ft↓) // 530 meters ↕ (782m↑/251m↓)

Program: Hike Wilson Mesa, Tie Making & Crosscut Saws, Trail Camp

Day 10: Trail Camp - Food Pickup & Layover

Sleep at: Ewells Park - Trail Camp

Distance¹: 10.9 miles / 17.5 KM

Campsite Elevation: 9,470 ft // 2,886 meters

Hiking Elevation: 14ft ↕ (3,608ft↑/3,594ft↓) // 4 meters ↕ (1,100m↑/1,095m↓)

Commisary: Baldy Town

Program: Hike Baldy Mountain, Gold Mining History

Day 11: Trail Camp

Sleep at: Maxwell - Trail Camp

Distance¹: 3.3 miles / 5.3 KM

Campsite Elevation: 8,514 ft // 2,595 meters

Hiking Elevation: -935ft ↕ (157ft↑/1,092ft↓) // -285 meters ↕ (48m↑/333m↓)

Program: Muzzle Loading Rifles, Fur Trapper Rendezvous, Tomahawks, Trail Camp

Day 12: Base Camp

Trailhead: Maxwell Trailhead

Sleep at: Camping HQ - Base Camp

Distance¹: 0.7 miles / 1.1 KM

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

Hiking Elevation: -221ft ↕ (0ft↑/221ft↓) // -67 meters ↕ (0m↑/67m↓)

Program: Hike to Maxwell 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.