Crew 1 Itinerary #25Crew-1 had chosen to hike Itinerary #25, which is billed as a strenuous 75-miler through both the Southern & Northern sections of Philmont Scout Ranch.
Philmont describes strenuous as follows:
A strenuous itinerary should be attempted only by an older crew that enjoys lots of rugged mountain hiking and is in good physical condition. Smaller crews of chartered units are recommended for these treks. Program time is limited since much of the day is spent hiking.
As per the itinerary planning sheet our trip will be as follows:
Day – 1:
We arrive at camping Headquarters and participate in the opening campfire ceremony. The elevation at camping headquarters is approximately 6700 feet above sea level. We will be given a 4-day supply of food by the time we leave the next morning.
Day – 2:
We are shuttled off to Rayado where we take a tour of the Kit Carson Museum and receive some training from the Philmont staff. We will be spending our second night at Olympia campsite which is 3-miles from our drop-off point and at an elevation of 6900 feet.
Day – 3:
The real hiking begins and we take a nice 7-mile hike to our net campsite, Bear’s Cave. We will be going uphill that entire day reaching an altitude of 8200 feet. that afternoon we’ll be participating in an evening campfire ceremony at Crater Lake which is about a .75 to 1-mile from our campsite.
Day – 4:
We find ourselves hiking due north to Shaefers Pass campsite. This day we face a 7-mile trek with up & down elevation changes that start off from 8200 going back down to 8000 and then back up to an elevation of 8700 feet. At Shaefers Pass there is an opportunity to take a side hike to the Tooth of Time trail, and up to the top of Tooth of Time and an elevation of 9000 feet.
Day – 5:
Once again we head due north and up to Hunting Lodge campsite. This day will be quite a test for our crew as we will be leaving an elevation of 8700 feet on an 11-mile trek and climbing up above 9000 feet only to dip back down to 8600 feet and then back up again to 9000 feet. At the end of the day we finally end up below 8000 feet and at Hunting Lodge, where we may be asked to perform our conservation project.
Day – 6:
We head out and over to Visto Grande campsite. This 8-mile hike has small amounts of elevation changes finishing off at 8000 feet. That night we will be resupplied with 3-days worth of food, and have the opportunity to do rock climbing and rappelling at Cimarroncito.
Day – 7:
We’re off to Head of Dean Campsite a mere 10-miles away and to the northwest. Our elevation dips down to just over 7100 feet and we go uphill from there to a high of just under 9000 feet. That night or afternoon we participate in some challenge events, what these events will be are anyone’s guess.
Day – 8 & 9:
We head due west for 4-miles to Miranda, and an altitude of just under 9000 feet. Here we have a 2-night stay with black powder rifle our first day there and a side hike to Baldy Mountain on our second day. Our side hike to Baldy Mountain will be a day hike, day-packs only, which will be the pinnacle of our Philmont trek experience. That day we climb to a mind-numbing 12,450 foot elevation, for views that few people will ever see. This promises to be the hardest but most rewarding day on the trail and we cap off that night with blacksmithing @ French Henry.
For the record our day hike to and from Baldy Mountain will be 13 miles total.
Day – 10: Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better we pick up our last 2-day supply of meals and our burro’s, yes burro's, for what promises to hopefully be a not-so-smelly trip to Flume Canyon. This 7-mile day will have us dropping back down to 7900 feet.
Day – 11:
We take a staggering 3-mile hike down to Ponil where we get to return our frinds the burro’s to their masters and campout at an altitude of 7100 feet and enjoy horse rides, a chuck wagon style dinner followed by a cantina show. HEE HAW Good Buddy!!!!!!
Day – 12:
Our last and final day we get to enjoy a chuck wagon style breakfast and then shuttle back to camping headquarters. That afternoon we participate in the awards campfire and end our stay at Philmont Scout ranch.
Itinerary #25 map