Project Description: Volunteers will work on the Deer Lake Mesa area. The trail that is being constructed drops from the mesa top through a series of switch backs to Harlan Camp at 7,600 feet. The trail terrain is rugged and rocky. Participants will have a chance to experience all parts of trail construction, including switchbacks and rock wall construction. Amazing views are available at the work site!
Hosting Organization: Boy Scouts of America
Day Hiking or Backpacking: Backpacking 3 Miles to Basecamp (Day Hiking Up to 1 Mile Per Day)
Work Level: Difficult
Minimum Age: 16
Area and Attractions: Philmont Scout Ranch is rich in natural beauty, including the soaring Tooth of Time, the sunrises from lofty Mount Waite Phillips, the blue water of Cimarroncito Reservoir, the panoramic sweep of the plains from Urraca Mesa and the sunlight filtering through the aspens along the rippling Rayado. Wildlife is abundant with deer, elk, coyote, antelope, mountain lion, buffalo, beaver, wild turkey, bear, and many others living here. Its cool mountains harbor a wilderness bounty of trees, shrubs, flowers and grasses. Time will be available for side hikes including a chance to hike the Tooth of Time Trail and to visit area museums such as Rayado, Philmont Museum, Villa Philmont, and Chase Ranch.
Accommodations: Primitive Tent Sites
Accommodations Description: Volunteers will camp in primitive tent sites and should bring their own sleeping bag, pad, eating utensils/bowl, and personal items. Tents and backpacks will be provided. The first and last nights offer indoor accommodations at Philmont, where showers and meals will be provided. Vault toilets will be available during the week. Water filtration is not necessary.
Climate Information: Fall weather is beautiful this time of year, with pleasant days in the upper 60s-low 70s
Travel Information: No airport pickup provided for this trip. The closest airport is Albuquerque Internaional Sunport.
Maximum # of Volunteers: 24