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Philmont Itinerary 2024: 12-23

Difficulty: Strenuous

Length: 12 days

Official Miles: 69 // Our Count: 71.3

Avg Miles per Day: 6.3 miles

Total Elevation: 1,626ft ↕ (12,283ft↑/10,657ft↓) // 496 meters ↕ (3,744m↑/3,248m↓)

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: Chase Trailhead

Sleep at: Little Twin - Trail Camp

Distance¹: 4.8 miles / 7.7 KM

Campsite Elevation: 7,274 ft // 2,217 meters

Hiking Elevation: 691ft ↕ (925ft↑/234ft↓) // 211 meters ↕ (282m↑/71m↓)

Commisary: Camping HQ

Program: Ranger Training, Main House Tour, Water, Trail Camp

Day 3: Staffed Camp

Sleep at: Indian Writings - Staffed Camp

Distance¹: 9.4 miles / 15.1 KM

Campsite Elevation: 6,600 ft // 2,012 meters

Hiking Elevation: -302ft ↕ (1,202ft↑/1,504ft↓) // -92 meters ↕ (366m↑/458m↓)

Program: Bouldering, Archaeology, Atlatl Darts, Petroglyph Tour

Day 4: Trail Camp

Sleep at: Rabbit Ear - Trail Camp

Distance¹: 7.7 miles / 12.4 KM

Campsite Elevation: 8,185 ft // 2,495 meters

Hiking Elevation: 1,118ft ↕ (1,314ft↑/196ft↓) // 341 meters ↕ (401m↑/60m↓)

Program: Railroading, Trail Camp

Day 5: Staffed Camp - Food Pickup

Sleep at: Ring Place - Staffed Camp

Distance¹: 11.0 miles / 17.7 KM

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

Hiking Elevation: 28ft ↕ (862ft↑/834ft↓) // 9 meters ↕ (263m↑/254m↓)

Commisary: Ring Place

Program: Challenge Events, Mountain Biking, Astronomy

Day 6: 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, Water, Leave No Trace Trail Camp

Day 7: Staffed Camp - Food Pickup

Sleep at: Rich Cabins - Staffed Camp

Distance¹: 8.9 miles / 14.3 KM

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

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

Commisary: Rich Cabins

Program: Homesteading, Animal Care, Cabin Tour, Campfire

Day 8: Trail Camp

Sleep at: Flume Canyon - Trail Camp

Distance¹: 6.8 miles / 10.9 KM

Campsite Elevation: 7,761 ft // 2,366 meters

Hiking Elevation: 57ft ↕ (1,253ft↑/1,196ft↓) // 17 meters ↕ (382m↑/365m↓)

Program: Campfire

Day 9: Staffed Camp

Sleep at: French Henry - Staffed Camp

Distance¹: 6.1 miles / 9.8 KM

Campsite Elevation: 9,628 ft // 2,935 meters

Hiking Elevation: 1,807ft ↕ (2,167ft↑/360ft↓) // 551 meters ↕ (661m↑/110m↓)

Program: Tie Making & Crosscut Saws, Blacksmithing, Gold Panning, Mine Tour

Day 10: Trail Camp - Food Pickup

Sleep at: Black Horse Mine - Trail Camp

Distance¹: 3.8 miles / 6.1 KM

Campsite Elevation: 10,832 ft // 3,302 meters

Hiking Elevation: 1,152ft ↕ (1,696ft↑/544ft↓) // 351 meters ↕ (517m↑/166m↓)

Commisary: Baldy Town

Program: Assaying & Mining History, Water, Trail Camp

Day 11: Staffed Camp

Sleep at: Miranda - Staffed Camp

Distance¹: 5.6 miles / 9 KM

Campsite Elevation: 8,924 ft // 2,720 meters

Hiking Elevation: -1,896ft ↕ (1,637ft↑/3,533ft↓) // -578 meters ↕ (499m↑/1,077m↓)

Program: Hike Baldy Mountain, Fur Trapper Rendezvous, Tomahawks

Day 12: Base Camp

Trailhead: Maxwell Trailhead

Sleep at: Camping HQ - Base Camp

Distance¹: 1.9 miles / 3.1 KM

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

Hiking Elevation: -615ft ↕ (41ft↑/656ft↓) // -187 meters ↕ (12m↑/200m↓)

Program: Muzzle Loading Rifles, 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.