Back 2024 Trek 12-15 Forward

Rugged; Approximately 64 miles; Maps required: south

Trek History: New as 12-28 in 2020; 12-28 in 2021-23; 12-15 in 2024

This trek tours Philmont's South Country, and the adventure begins at the Zastrow Trailhead to Toothache Springs for more Ranger Training. Your next day wraps you around Fowler Mesa to Crater Lake where you can live like a logger, climb spar poles and swing a broad axe to make cross ties. Get your rest, a big day of hiking takes you over Fowlers Pass, over Trail Peak, and down the long open meadows to Beaubien. Take a load off and learn western skills before taking the short hike to Phillips Junction for the night. Head to Fish Camp where you can learn about Waite Phillips and his Rayado Lodge and then head up the river to stay at Aqua Fria camp. Apache Springs awaits you the next day, where you can try 3D Archery and learn about the history of the Jicarilla Apache. The sunset hike and view of the Garcia Park meadows from the fence line is not to be missed! Your next day will have you pay a visit to the homesteaders at Crooked Creek and help them with their daily tasks. The fur trappers of the Rocky Mountain Fur Co. at Clear Creek will test your skill at tomahawk throwing before you begin your ascent of Mt. Phillips. After a night of rest, head down the mountain to summit Comanche Peak on your way to Thunder Ridge for the night. Your next stop brings you to the prospectors and miners at Cyphers Mine. Try your luck in the mine or panning for gold and enjoy the evening Stomp! On your next leg of your journey, stop at Cimarroncito for their climbing gym. Stop at the Demonstration Forest on your way to Clarks Fork for roping, branding, and horse rides. The Chuckwagon dinner and campfire is sure to make for a memorable final night! Fill up with water and hit the trail early to finish your trek strong with a summit of Shaefers Peak and the famed Tooth of Time. Conjure up your memories from your trek as you hike the ridge down to Base Camp to complete this amazing experience.

Per the Guidebook to Itineraries: "Due to potential emergencies, such as catastrophic fires, Crews must not deviate from their assigned itinerary. Changes are only permitted for bona fide medical emergencies and must be approved in advance by the Logistics Department."

Dry Camps: Mt Phillips; Thunder Ridge; Unique Campsite: Phillips Junction;
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DayCampProgram FeaturesCampsite Features
1Camping Headquarters Opening Campfire Commissary; Showers; Trading Post;  
2Toothache Springs Food Pickup @ Camping HeadquartersTrail Camp; (Commissary; Showers; Trading Post; at CHQ Trailbound)

Ranger Training  

Bus to Zastrow Trailhead
3Crater Lake spar pole climbing Showers;  

Tie making / Crosscut Saws  

4Phillips Junction Western Lore / Branding @ BeaubienCommissary; Trading Post; Showers;  (Showers (wood stoked); at Beaubien)

Conservation Project @ Beaubien 

Climb Trail Peak  
5Agua Fria Fly Tying @ Fish CampTrail Camp; 

Rayado Lodge Tour @ Fish Camp 
6Apache Springs Food Pickup Commissary;  

3D Archery  

Jicarilla Apache Life  
7Crooked Creek Cabin Tour  


Animal Care  
8Mt Phillips Tomahawks @ Clear CreekTrail Camp (Usually dry); 

Water @ Clear Creek 

Rocky Mountain Fur Company @ Clear Creek 

Climb Mount Phillips  
9Thunder Ridge Water @ Red HillsTrail Camp (Always dry); (Trail Camp; at Red Hills)

Climb Comanche Peak  
10Cyphers Mine Campfire Showers (wood stoked);  

Gold Mining & Panning  


Mine Tour  
11Clarks Fork Food Pickup @ CimarroncitoShowers;  (Showers; at Cimarroncito)


Chuck Wagon Dinner  

Horse Rides  

Western Lore / Branding  

Visiting Forester @ Demonstration Forest
12Camping Headquarters Closing Campfire Commissary; Showers; Trading Post;  

Climb Shaefer's Peak  

Climb Tooth of Time  

Hike in via Tooth Ridge Trail  
Warning: Itinerary details provided by PhilSearch are for planning purposes only.  Only the current year's "Treks" book and the addendums to it, if any, should be used for final trek selection.

Crews passing through staff camps are not scheduled for program. If time and space allow, some crews may be able to participate in some of the programs offered.

DayCampPotential Additional Program FeaturesCampsite Features
2Camping HeadquartersVisit the Villa PhilmonteCommissary; Showers; Trading Post;
National Scouting Museum
3Crater LakeContinental Tie & LumberShowers;
Hike over Fowler Mesa
Logging Skills
4BeaubienClimb Trail PeakShowers (wood stoked);
Climb Lookout Peak
Cowboy Campfire
Phillips JunctionFishing OpportunitiesCommissary; Trading Post; Showers;
5Fish CampFishing Opportunities
6Apache SpringsSweat LodgeCommissary;
Corn Grinding
Sporting Arrows
Tipi Tour
8Clear CreekMuzzle Loading Rifles
Climb Mount Phillips
10Cyphers MineStompShowers (wood stoked);
11CimarroncitoRock Climbing & RappellingShowers;
Hike via Hidden Valley / Window Rock
Climbing Gym
Traverse Wall
Clarks ForkCowboy CampfireShowers;
Ride out from Cattle Headquarters
Ride over Schaefers Pass
Demonstration ForestObsolete
12Camping HeadquartersVisit the Villa PhilmonteCommissary; Showers; Trading Post;
National Scouting Museum
Ride into Cattle Headquarters
This list is not complete and is dependent on the route you take each day.