Back 2024 Trek 12-23 Forward

Strenuous; Approximately 69 miles; Maps required: north

Trek History: New as 12-29 in 2020; 12-29 in 2021-22; 12-23 in 2023-24

This itinerary covers some ground, getting you onto four different properties and to the top of Baldy Mountain before it is all said and done! Begin your journey at the historic Chase Ranch, where you will get a tour of the Main House before heading to Little Twin Camp to continue your Ranger training. Climb at Chase Cow the next morning, then enjoy the scenic hike as you follow the ridgeline and drop down to Indian Writings to learn about the Ancestral Puebloans, take a petroglyph tour and even do some atlatl throwing. The next leg of your journey takes you through Metcalf Station for some railroad construction, then to Rabbit Ear camp for the night. Before crossing into the vast beauty of the Valle Vidal Unit of the Carson National Forest, work with our trained facilitators at Dan Beard and their challenge course activities. You will have two nights in the Valle Vidal, giving you a bit of a unique 'layover' opportunity. Your first night in the Valle will be at Ring Place, where you can ride mountain bikes and check out the stars! Your next day is a short hike that takes you to Iris Park, which is another beautiful and quiet camp you will enjoy. Next up is a visit to Rich Cabins and the Rich family homestead. Help with some chores and be rewarded with a family gathering with music and family stories that will keep you entertained through the evening. You are in for a treat the next day as you enter the Barker Wildlife Area and up and over Wilson Mesa. Get your cameras out, you will love the views here! Your next night is at Flume Canyon, then you'll pass through Pueblano to become honorary loggers of the Continental Tie & Lumber Co. Work on your logging skills and try your hands at creating a railroad tie! Immerse yourself in mining history at French Henry and tour the Aztec Mine, pan for gold, and work in their forge. Pass through Baldy Town next and learn about the history of this once bustling gold rush era town before camping at your Baldy summit staging camp at Black Horse Mine. Get ready, as your next day brings you to your ascent of Badly Mountain! After your summit, break camp and make your way down to Miranda for a Fur Trapper Rendezvous, muzzle loading rifles, and some tomahawks! Enjoy your last night on the trail and reflect on the many challenges and great experiences you have enjoyed on your trek. Your last hike of the trek takes you to the Maxwell Trailhead for your bus trip back to base.

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: Rabbit Ear; Black Horse Mine; Unique Campsite: Little Twin; Black Horse Mine;
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DayCampProgram FeaturesCampsite Features
1Camping Headquarters Opening Campfire Commissary; Showers; Trading Post;  
2Little Twin Food Pickup @ Camping Headquarters (Commissary; Showers; Trading Post; at CHQ Trailbound)

Bus to Chase Trailhead

Water @ Hells fire CanyonTrail Camp;

Tour Historic Chase Ranch @ Chase Ranch
3Indian Writings Atl Atl Darts Showers;  


Petroglyphs Tour  

Bouldering @ Chase Cow
4Rabbit Ear Railroading @ Metcalf StationTrail Camp (Usually dry); 
5Ring Place Challenge Events @ Dan BeardCommissary; Low Impact Camp;  (Low Impact Camp; at Dan Beard)

Mountain Biking  


Food Pickup  
6Iris Park Low Impact Camping Low Impact Camp; Trail Camp; 

Conservation Project @ Ring PlaceCommissary; Low Impact Camp;

Water @ Middle Ponil Creek
7Rich Cabins Cabin Tour Commissary; Low Impact Camp;  


Food Pickup  

Animal Care  

8Flume Canyon Campfire @ PueblanoTrail Camp; 
9French Henry Mine Tour  


Gold Mining & Panning  

Tie making / Crosscut Saws @ Pueblano
10Black Horse Mine Food Pickup @ Baldy TownTrail Camp (Always dry); (Commissary; Trading Post; Showers; at Baldy Town)

Water @ Baldy Town 

Mining History @ Baldy Town 

Assaying @ Baldy Town 
11Miranda Climb Baldy Mountain  

Mountain Man Rendezvous  

12Camping Headquarters Muzzle Loading Rifles @ MirandaCommissary; Showers; Trading Post;  

Closing Campfire  

Hike to Maxwell Trailhead
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
4Metcalf StationMorse Code
5Dan BeardLeave No Trace TrainingLow Impact Camp;
6Iris ParkHike via Iris Park & Beatty LakesLow Impact Camp; Trail Camp;
Ring PlaceAstronomyCommissary; Low Impact Camp;
Folk Weather Forecasting
Historic Homestead
Side Hike to McCrystal Creek Ruins
7Rich CabinsEvening musicCommissary; Low Impact Camp;
9PueblanoContinental Tie & Lumber
spar pole climbing
10Baldy TownClimb Baldy MountainCommissary; Trading Post; Showers;
Tour Historic Baldy Town
12MirandaMountain Man Rendezvous
Climb Baldy Mountain
Camping 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.