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Community Hikes

Philmont Scout Ranch would like to invite members of the community to experience a glimpse of the Ranch. We will be hosting community hikes to several of our popular hiking destinations. 

If you would like to attend one of the hikes please RSVP to [email protected] by Saturday, August 3rd. Hikes will meet at the Philmont Training Center office and shuttles to the trail head will be provided.

Hikes

Monday, August 5th – 8:30 am-11:30 am – Dino Hike

  • Philmont is home to one of only two confirmed Tyrannosaurus Rex footprints in the
    world! Charles Pillmore, a USGS research geologist, was mapping the North Ponil
    Canyon in 1983 and mentioned the possible dinosaur tracks in his field notes. In 1989,
    he shared the photos with Dr. Martin Lockley, dinosaur track specialist, and the
    confirmation occurred. Enjoy this easy, 4-mile roundtrip hike in the North Country of
    Philmont.

Tuesday, August 6th – 8:30 am – 11:30 am – Lover’s Leap Hike

  • Lovers Leap is an iconic Philmont spot. The 2.5-mile hike from Lover’s Turnaround to
    Lovers Leap has some elevation change, with the base of the canyon at 6,500 feet
    climbing to the jutting cliff face at 7,372 feet. Join us in visiting this ancient rock and
    discover the legend that gave it its name! This easy half-day, staff led, 5-mile roundtrip
    hike contains some trail inclines and declines.

Thursday, August 8th – 8:30 am – 11:30 am – Lover’s Leap Hike

  • Lovers Leap is an iconic Philmont spot. The 2.5-mile hike from Lover’s Turnaround to
    Lovers Leap has some elevation change, with the base of the canyon at 6,500 feet
    climbing to the jutting cliff face at 7,372 feet. Join us in visiting this ancient rock and
    discover the legend that gave it its name! This easy half-day, staff led, 5-mile roundtrip
    hike contains some trail inclines and declines.

Friday, August 9th – 8:30 am – 11:30 am – Urraca Trail Loop

  • If you are looking for a moderate trail to hike with your family, then the Urraca Loop
    Trail is for you! This staff-led 3-mile loop, focuses on the changing geology and fauna
    from the plains to the low hill region of Urraca Mesa.

Requirements

  • Children must be accompanied by an adult on the hikes.
  • A BSA Health Form Part A & B must be filled out and given to the PTC office for each hiker.
  • Each group needs to bring hiking essentials
    1. Water – Please bring at least 2 litres of water per hiker
    2.  Raingear – Each hiker should have a rain jacket or poncho, the weather can change rapidly
    3. Sun Protection/Insect Repellent
    4. Appropriate Footwear – Closed toed shoes and socks are required
    5. Snack food
    6. Extra layers

Philmont will provide

  • Staff to guide the hikes
    • These staff are familiar with the routes, will carry a map and first aid kit.
  • Transportation from the Philmont Training Center to the trail head and back at the conclusion of the hikes