Day 8 - Crooked Creek to Mt. Phillips
|View on the way to Mt. Philips from Comanche Creek|
Today will be a long day with a lot of up, of course, there really is no down at Philmont. There are 2 different ways we can go, the first is a trail I have been over many times and it takes us on a climb over 10,200 feet through Wild Horse camp.
|Crooked Creek Meadow|
We will stop here an definitely do program here, which includes learning the fur trade and how to trap, take the cabin tour, throw tomahawks and my favorite, shooting black powder rifles.
|Shooting black powder rifle|
We will most likely cook a dinner for lunch here as our next camp is a dry camp. After lunch we will pack up, and fill all our canteens and water bladders before the long hard climb up Mt. Phillips. In 2007 the thunderstorms arrived earlier in the day than usual and we hiked through three different hailstorms before we reached the summit at 11, 736 ft. what a fabulous view you have from the summit.
|From Mt. Phillips|
Tonite's temperature at this elevation swill be pretty cool, so that 15* bag might be just the thing.