Back 2024 Trek 7-10 Forward

Rugged; Approximately 34 miles; Maps required: South

Trek History: New as 7-13 in 2020; 7-13 in 2021-23; 7-10 in 2024

Sweep across parts of Philmont’s mountainous South Country in this adventure-filled trek. Start your trek at the Zastrow trailhead to begin your hike along the Rayado River. Take a moment to visit the New Mexican homestead at Abreu and grab a root beer before heading to Old Abreu camp for continued training from your ranger. Your first full day on the trail will have you ascending through the Rayado Canyon. It is a beautiful hike that you will never forget…the views are grand and the landscape is beautiful. You will stay at Fish Camp for the night, which was one of Waite Phillips’ favorite places on the ranch. Learn to tie flies, fish, and get a glimpse of the historical cabins at the confluence of the Agua Fria and Rayado Creeks. Make your way over Webster Pass towards Lower Bonito Camp. From “LoBo”, you can easily side hike Trail Peak. You can visit the site of the B-24 crash and pay respect to the servicemen that were on board the plane that fateful night that it crashed. Your next morning will take you to Miners Park, but first you will pass through Crater Lake. Take a pit stop here and learn how to use a crosscut saw or a broadaxe from the Loggers of the Continental Tie & Lumber Co. Miners Park will be an exciting stop to learn rock climbing and rappelling skills. The program is exciting and the view from the climbing area is tremendous as well! While you are at Miners, see if you can beat the crate stacking record for the day as well! Your final full day on the trail brings you to Stockade Ridge, just below the base of the Tooth of Time. You’ll be climbing that monolithic molar in the morning, so get your rest and prepare for a challenging hike! Once upon the top of the Tooth of Time, the 360-degree panoramic views will be a breathtaking sight to behold. Reflect on your trek and the many challenges you have overcome, then make your way down the winding trail to base camp. You all made it!

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."

Unique Campsite: Stockade Ridge;
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DayCampProgram FeaturesCampsite Features
1Camping Headquarters Opening Campfire Commissary; Showers; Trading Post;  
2Old Abreu Food Pickup @ Camping Headquarters (Commissary; Showers; Trading Post; at CHQ Trailbound)

Ranger Training  

New Mexican Homestead @ AbreuShowers;

Cantina @ Abreu 

Bus to Zastrow Trailhead
3Fish Camp Climb Trail Peak  

Fly Tying  

Fishing Opportunities  
4Lower Bonita 
5Miner's Park Tie making / Crosscut Saws @ Crater LakeShowers;  (Showers; at Crater Lake)

Conservation Project @ Lower Bonita
6Stockade Ridge Rock Climbing & Rappelling @ Miner's ParkTrail Camp; (Showers; at Miner's Park)

Water @ Stockade
7Camping Headquarters Closing Campfire Commissary; Showers; Trading Post;  

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
Ride out from Cattle Headquarters
3Fish CampRayado Lodge Tour
5Crater LakeContinental Tie & LumberShowers;
Hike over Fowler Mesa
spar pole climbing
Logging Skills
6Miner's ParkTraverse WallShowers;
Crate Stacking
7Camping 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.