Back 2024 Trek 7-13 Forward

Strenuous; Approximately 39 miles; Maps required: North

Trek History: New as 7-11 in 2020; 7-11 in 2021-23; 7-13 in 2024

This Central Country route brings you deep into the Philmont backcountry, and even into the Ute Park Fire burn scar. Begin your trek by hiking through part of that burn scar on your way to Hunting Lodge Camp. On the way, see how the regrowth and natural recovery of the land is moving forward. At Hunting Lodge, you can visit the Demonstration Forest and continue to learn more skills and important guidance from your Ranger. On the following day you'll camp at Lamberts Mine, but make sure to visit Cyphers Mine and enjoy the immersion in history and the hands-on opportunities to pan for gold, blacksmith, and tour an actual gold mine. All of these build up the anticipation for The Stomp evening campfire program. Head up to Sawmill the next day and see right were part of the Ute Park fire stopped! Here you will learn how to reload .30-06 cartridges and then fire them at Sawmill's steel silhouette range. Moving deeper into the backcountry brings you up and over two of Philmont's South Country peaks. First you will climb Comanche Peak, then make your way to Mount Phillips camp for the night. The next morning will bring your crew over Mount Phillips, which is Philmont's second highest peak. Make your way to Clear Creek from there, where you will work with the trappers of the Rocky Mountain Fur Co. for a tomahawk throwing competition. Camp that night on the CS Ranch's Tolby Headwaters Camp before making your way down the Tolby Road Trail the next morning. Though long, this trail brings to you some of the most glorious views of Wheeler Peak and Eagle Nest Lake, so have your cameras ready as you make your way to the trailhead and 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: Mt Phillips; Unique Campsite: Lamberts Mine; Mt Phillips; Tolby Headwaters;
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DayCampProgram FeaturesCampsite Features
1Camping Headquarters Opening Campfire Commissary; Showers; Trading Post;  
2Hunting Lodge Ranger Training  

Food Pickup @ Camping HeadquartersCommissary; Showers; Trading Post;

Bus to Webster Trailhead
3Lamberts Mine Gold Mining & Panning @ Cyphers MineTrail Camp; (Showers (wood stoked); at Cyphers Mine)

Mine Tour @ Cyphers Mine 

Blacksmithing @ Cyphers Mine 

Campfire @ Cyphers Mine 
4Sawmill Food Pickup Showers (wood stoked);  

Conservation Project  

30-06 Shooting/Reloading  
5Mt Phillips Climb Comanche Peak Trail Camp (Usually dry); 

Water @ SawmillShowers (wood stoked);

Water @ Whistle PunkTrail Camp;
6Tolby Headwaters Rocky Mountain Fur Company @ Clear CreekTrail Camp; 

Tomahawks @ Clear Creek 

Climb Mount Phillips  
7Camping Headquarters Closing Campfire Commissary; Showers; Trading Post;  

Hike to Tolby 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
2Hunting LodgeFishing Opportunities
Hunting Lodge Tour
Hike via Hidden Valley / Window Rock
Cabin Tour
Camping HeadquartersVisit the Villa PhilmonteCommissary; Showers; Trading Post;
National Scouting Museum
3Cyphers MineStompShowers (wood stoked);
5Sawmill30-06 Shooting/ReloadingShowers (wood stoked);
Ute Park Pass Hike Prep
Hike through 2018 Ute Park Fire Zone
6Clear CreekMuzzle Loading Rifles
Climb Mount Phillips
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.