Crew-2 Itinerary #13Crew – 2 has chosen to hike Itinerary #13, which is billed as a challenging 62-miler primarily through the Northern section of Philmont Scout Ranch. The trek starts in the northwest corner of the northern section and loops around Baldy Mountain and back to the western edge of the property.
Philmont describes challenging as follows:
A challenging itinerary allows considerable time to enjoy program features, providing the maximum opportunity to participate in backcountry programs. Can be made more challenging by taking side hikes.
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 2-day supply of food by the time we leave the next morning.
Day – 2:
We are shuttled off to an area called Six-mile Gate where we take a tour of the only Tyrannosaurus Rex track in the area and receive some training from the Philmont staff. We will be spending our second night at Anasazi campsite which is 3-miles from our drop-off point and at an elevation of 7200 feet.
Day – 3:
We take short 2-mile hike to our next campsite, Indian Writings, where we checkout an archeological site and participate in our conservation project. The walk to this campsite has a slight rise to 8000 feet the first mile and then back down to 7600 feet.
Day – 4:
This day we take to the trail and hike 4-miles to Ponil. Once again we have an uphill hike the first 2-miles to an elevation of 8300 feet and then back down to camp that sits at 7000 feet. We will also be given our next supply of food, 3-days worth in all. At Ponil we will be having a traditional chuck wagon dinner and seeing a cantina show. We’ll also be able to do some branding so be sure and have any items you want to brand available.
Day – 5:
This day we definitely put our boots to the trail and hike for a total of 8-miles to Pueblano. This will be no walk in the park as the previous days as we will be heading totally uphill to an altitude of 9200 feet. Once at the campsite we will be invited to a campfire ceremony and given a chuck wagon style breakfast the next morning. We will also pick up our burro’s, yes burro’s, for two days of wonderful smells on the trail.
Day – 6 & 7:
This next section of the trek will be our lay-over as well. After leaving Pueblano we head to Ute Meadows, a mere 9-mile away, which will have us hiking up to an elevation of just over 10,000 feet. Our first day there we get to enjoy black-power rifle after dropping off our burro’s at Miranda. Our second day here is when we get to take the side hike to Baldy Mountain, elevation of 12,450. Before we leave the next day we get a 5-day supply of food and rest up for the next day.
Day – 8:
This morning we take to the trail for 5-miles and head down to Head of Dean, which sits at an elevation of 9200 feet. Once there we take part in challenging events, again I have no idea what they may be, and participate in another conservation project at Baldy Town.
Day – 9:
Once again we head downward for yet another 5-mile to New Dean, elevation 8000 feet, and have a restful day at camp.
Day – 10:
This day we go down a bit farther in elevation to 7200 feet as we hike 5-miles to Dean Cow campsite. Once there we enjoy rock climbing and rappelling for the rest of the day.
Day – 11:
Today we go a bit farther, hiking 9.5-miles to Harlan experiencing some rises and falls to our elevation. Once at Harlan we take part in burro races and 12 gauge shotgun shooting & reloading.
Day - 12:
Our last day on the trail finds us hiking about 3-miles into Cimarroncito where we get shuttled back to camping headquarters. That afternoon we participate in the awards campfire and end our stay at Philmont Scout ranch.
Itineray #13 Map