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Philmont Itinerary 2024: 12-30

Difficulty: Super Strenuous

Length: 12 days

Official Miles: 84 // Our Count: 87.8

Avg Miles per Day: 7.6 miles

Total Elevation: -4,397ft ↕ (15,910ft↑/20,307ft↓) // -1,340 meters ↕ (4,849m↑/6,190m↓)

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: Ponil Trailhead

Sleep at: Bluestem - Trail Camp

Distance¹: 3.7 miles / 6 KM

Campsite Elevation: 7,934 ft // 2,418 meters

Hiking Elevation: 855ft ↕ (1,162ft↑/307ft↓) // 261 meters ↕ (354m↑/94m↓)

Commisary: Camping HQ

Program: Water, Ranger Training, Trail Camp

Day 3: Staffed Camp

Sleep at: Pueblano - Staffed Camp

Distance¹: 5.8 miles / 9.3 KM

Campsite Elevation: 8,072 ft // 2,460 meters

Hiking Elevation: 126ft ↕ (1,371ft↑/1,245ft↓) // 38 meters ↕ (418m↑/379m↓)

Program: Continental Tie & Lumber Co, Spar Pole Climbing, Campfire

Day 4: Trail Camp - Food Pickup

Sleep at: Azurite - Trail Camp

Distance¹: 8.2 miles / 13.2 KM

Campsite Elevation: 10,755 ft // 3,278 meters

Hiking Elevation: 2,611ft ↕ (2,877ft↑/266ft↓) // 796 meters ↕ (877m↑/81m↓)

Commisary: Baldy Town

Program: Mine Tour, Gold Panning, Blacksmithing, Assaying & Mining History, Trail Camp

Day 5: Trail Camp

Sleep at: Greenwood Canyon Camp - Trail Camp

Distance¹: 15.5 miles / 24.9 KM

Campsite Elevation: 8,400 ft // 2,560 meters

Hiking Elevation: -2,287ft ↕ (2,601ft↑/4,888ft↓) // -697 meters ↕ (793m↑/1,490m↓)

Program: Hike Baldy Mountain, Low Impact Camping, Leave No Trace Trail Camp, Trail Camp

Day 6: Trail Camp

Sleep at: Little Costilla Low Impact Camp - Trail Camp

Distance¹: 9.4 miles / 15.1 KM

Campsite Elevation: 10,271 ft // 3,131 meters

Hiking Elevation: -2,136ft ↕ (2,433ft↑/4,569ft↓) // -651 meters ↕ (742m↑/1,393m↓)

Program: Water, Leave No Trace Trail Camp

Day 7: Trail Camp - Layover

Sleep at: Little Costilla Low Impact Camp - Trail Camp

Distance¹: 6.4 miles / 10.3 KM

Campsite Elevation: 10,271 ft // 3,131 meters

Hiking Elevation: 0ft ↕ (2,800ft↑/2,800ft↓) // 0 meters ↕ (853m↑/853m↓)

Program: Climb Little Costilla, Mountain Biking, Leave No Trace Trail Camp

Day 8: Staffed Camp - Food Pickup

Sleep at: Ring Place - Staffed Camp

Distance¹: 9.3 miles / 15 KM

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

Hiking Elevation: -2,153ft ↕ (338ft↑/2,491ft↓) // -656 meters ↕ (103m↑/759m↓)

Commisary: Ring Place

Program: Mountain Biking, Astronomy

Day 9: Staffed Camp

Sleep at: Dan Beard - Staffed Camp

Distance¹: 10.3 miles / 16.6 KM

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

Hiking Elevation: -214ft ↕ (575ft↑/789ft↓) // -65 meters ↕ (175m↑/240m↓)

Program: Challenge Events

Day 10: Trail Camp

Sleep at: Coyote Howl - Trail Camp

Distance¹: 9.3 miles / 15 KM

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

Hiking Elevation: -362ft ↕ (1,106ft↑/1,468ft↓) // -110 meters ↕ (337m↑/447m↓)

Program: Railroading, Blacksmithing, Petroglyph Tour, Water, Trail Camp

Day 11: Staffed Camp

Sleep at: Chase Cow - Staffed Camp

Distance¹: 3.8 miles / 6.1 KM

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

Hiking Elevation: -360ft ↕ (336ft↑/696ft↓) // -110 meters ↕ (102m↑/212m↓)

Program: Rock Climbing & Rappeling, Bouldering

Day 12: Base Camp

Trailhead: Chase Trailhead

Sleep at: Camping HQ - Base Camp

Distance¹: 6.1 miles / 9.8 KM

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

Hiking Elevation: -477ft ↕ (311ft↑/788ft↓) // -145 meters ↕ (95m↑/240m↓)

Program: Hike to Chase Ranch Trailhead, Main House Tour, 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.