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Philmont Itinerary 2024: 9-5

Difficulty: Rugged

Length: 9 days

Official Miles: 46 // Our Count: 46.2

Avg Miles per Day: 5.8 miles

Total Elevation: -447ft ↕ (8,289ft↑/8,736ft↓) // -136 meters ↕ (2,526m↑/2,663m↓)

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: Dean Skyline - Trail Camp

Distance¹: 3.9 miles / 6.3 KM

Campsite Elevation: 8,458 ft // 2,578 meters

Hiking Elevation: 1,387ft ↕ (1,553ft↑/166ft↓) // 423 meters ↕ (473m↑/51m↓)

Commisary: Camping HQ

Program: Ranger Training, Water, Trail Camp

Day 3: Trail Camp

Sleep at: Upper Dean Cow - Trail Camp

Distance¹: 4.0 miles / 6.4 KM

Campsite Elevation: 8,278 ft // 2,523 meters

Hiking Elevation: -578ft ↕ (139ft↑/717ft↓) // -176 meters ↕ (42m↑/219m↓)

Program: Conservation Project, Trail Camp

Day 4: Staffed Camp

Sleep at: French Henry - Staffed Camp

Distance¹: 8.1 miles / 13 KM

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

Hiking Elevation: 1,336ft ↕ (1,891ft↑/555ft↓) // 407 meters ↕ (576m↑/169m↓)

Program: Challenge Events, Mine Tour, Blacksmithing, Gold Panning

Day 5: Trail Camp - Food Pickup

Sleep at: Copper Park - Trail Camp

Distance¹: 4.4 miles / 7.1 KM

Campsite Elevation: 10,539 ft // 3,212 meters

Hiking Elevation: 889ft ↕ (1,209ft↑/320ft↓) // 271 meters ↕ (369m↑/98m↓)

Commisary: Baldy Town

Program: Assaying & Mining History, Trail Camp

Day 6: Trail Camp - Layover

Sleep at: Copper Park - Trail Camp

Distance¹: 8.0 miles / 12.9 KM

Campsite Elevation: 10,539 ft // 3,212 meters

Hiking Elevation: 7ft ↕ (2,382ft↑/2,375ft↓) // 2 meters ↕ (726m↑/724m↓)

Program: Hike Baldy Mountain, Trail Camp

Day 7: Staffed Camp - Food Pickup

Sleep at: Rich Cabins - Staffed Camp

Distance¹: 10.4 miles / 16.7 KM

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

Hiking Elevation: -2,845ft ↕ (838ft↑/3,683ft↓) // -867 meters ↕ (255m↑/1,123m↓)

Commisary: Rich Cabins

Program: Homesteading, Cabin Tour, Campfire

Day 8: Staffed Camp

Sleep at: Ponil - Staffed Camp

Distance¹: 6.4 miles / 10.3 KM

Campsite Elevation: 7,150 ft // 2,179 meters

Hiking Elevation: -568ft ↕ (234ft↑/802ft↓) // -173 meters ↕ (71m↑/244m↓)

Program: Western Lore/Branding, Cantina, Chuckwagon Dinner, Campfire

Day 9: Base Camp

Trailhead: Ponil Trailhead

Sleep at: Camping HQ - Base Camp

Distance¹: 1.0 miles / 1.6 KM

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

Hiking Elevation: -75ft ↕ (43ft↑/118ft↓) // -23 meters ↕ (13m↑/36m↓)

Program: Horse Rides, Hike to Ponil 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.