Back 2022 Trek 12-10 Forward

Challenging; Approximately 60 miles; Maps required: south; No KMZ data available

Trek History: 22 in 2005-6; 23 in 2007-8; 19 in 2009-11; 11 in 2012; 12 in 2013-16; 7 in 2017-18; 10 in 2019; 12-10 in 2020-22

This itinerary provides a tour of the beauty and splendor of the South Country, plus a great variety of program. Start by hiking out of base camp to one of Philmont’s newest trail camps, named Heck Meadow. Be sure to be up early to enjoy the sunrise and so you can make your way directly to Cimarroncito, where you will have a hands-on rock-climbing experience. The next day you will head up to the newly reopened Webster Parks for your conservation project. After you finish and hike out, you can stop to tour Hunting Lodge before heading to the headwaters of Cimarroncito Creek and Cyphers Mine. This golden opportunity allows you to become a blacksmith’s apprentice and deep tunnel miner. As the cold darkness of night seeps in, the lights and lively music of The Stomp fill the air. Wake up early and ascend both Comanche Peak and Mount Phillips. These views will provide an unparalleled reward as you descend to the Rocky Mountain Fur Co. at Clear Creek, then down to Comanche Creek. Next, take the time to visit the homestead at Crooked Creek before reaching Apache Springs and enjoying your layover for some much-needed rest and relaxation. While at Apache Spring, enjoy 3D Archery, the sweat lodge, and an amazing sunset hike. Then, take a serendipitous stroll downstream with the flowing waters of Agua Fria creek for your turn at fly tying and fishing (and hopefully catching!) at Waite Phillips’ favorite retreat, Fish Camp. Continuing downstream toward Abreu and you will see the results of the juggernaut forces of geology in the Rayado canyon. Stop by Carson Meadows incident command for a hasty search and rescue before continuing to the traditional New Mexican homestead at Abreu. Learn more about this region’s history and heritage at Abreu’s cantina over a glass of refreshing root beer! Don’t chase too many chickens as the last day’s hike will be your final test of experience and lessons learned up to this point. Hike through Stone Wall Pass as you make your way to Stockade Ridge. Rest up on your final night on the trail before you make your triumphant ascent of the Tooth of Time and hike into Base Camp on your final leg of your journey.

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: Heck Meadow; Mt Phillips;
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DayCampProgram FeaturesCampsite Features
1CHQ Trailbound Opening Campfire Commissary; Showers; Trading Post;  
2Heck Meadow Food Pickup @ CHQ TrailboundTrail Camp (Usually dry); (Commissary; Showers; Trading Post; at CHQ Trailbound)

Water @ CHQ Trailbound 

Hike Out from CHQ  

Ranger Training  
3Cimarroncito Rock Climbing & Rappelling Showers;  

Climbing Gym  

Food Pickup  
4Cyphers Mine Mine Tour Showers (wood stoked);  



Gold Mining & Panning  

Hunting Lodge Tour @ Hunting Lodge
5Mt Phillips Water @ Cyphers MineTrail Camp (Usually dry); (Showers (wood stoked); at Cyphers Mine)

Climb Comanche Peak  

Climb Mount Phillips  
6Comanche Creek Tomahawks @ Clear CreekTrail Camp; 

Rocky Mountain Fur Company @ Clear Creek 

Muzzle Loading Rifles @ Clear Creek 
7Apache Springs Food Pickup Commissary;  

Jicarilla Apache Life  

Homesteading @ Crooked Creek
8Apache Springs Conservation Project Commissary;  

Sweat Lodge  

3D Archery  

Sporting Arrows  
9Fish Camp Fly Tying  

Fishing Opportunities  

Rayado Lodge Tour  
10Abreu Homesteading Showers;  

Cabin Tour  


Mexican Dinner  

Search & Rescue / Wilderness Medicine @ Carson Meadows
11Stockade Ridge Water @ StockadeTrail Camp; 
12CHQ Homebound Awards 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
2CHQ TrailboundVisit the Villa PhilmonteCommissary; Showers; Trading Post;
National Scouting Museum
3CimarroncitoHike via Hidden Valley / Window RockShowers;
Traverse Wall
4Hunting LodgeFishing Opportunities
Hike via Hidden Valley / Window Rock
Cabin Tour
5Cyphers MineBlacksmithingShowers (wood stoked);
Gold Mining & Panning
Mine Tour
6Clear CreekClimb Mount Phillips
7Crooked CreekCabin Tour
Animal Care
8Apache SpringsJicarilla Apache LifeCommissary;
Corn Grinding
Tipi Tour
10AbreuNew Mexican HomesteadShowers;
12CHQ HomeboundVisit the Villa PhilmonteCommissary; Showers; Trading Post;
National Scouting Museum
This list is not complete and is dependent on the route you take each day.