Back 2022 Trek 12-11 Forward

Challenging; Approximately 61 miles; Maps required: south; No KMZ data available

Trek History: New as 11 in 2019; 12-11 in 2020-22

Enjoy a grand tour of Philmont’s South Country and have an opportunity to be one of the first crews to explore new territory on Philmont’s neighbors to the South. Start your trek by visiting famous pioneer Kit Carson’s home at Rayado Rancho, along the Santa Fe Trail. Your journey takes you along the creek to Olympia for Ranger training before making it to the Abreu family homestead. Listen to the lively water rushing past your campsite, enjoy root beer at the cantina and a delicious Mexican dinner to cap off your day. In the morning, make your way up Fowler Mesa to Bear Caves camp, and if you have the energy, visit Crater Lake for their lively campfire program. Wake up early and get to Crater Lake first thing so you can complete your Conservation Project and visit with the loggers of the Continental Tie and Lumber Co. From there, you will make your way to Miners Park for rock climbing and rappelling. Enjoy a beautiful, yet challenging, hike up the North Fork Urraca. Black Mountain Camp awaits you with the opportunity for some blacksmithing and Muzzle Loading Rifles. Get some rest, as you will need it as you continue to climb upwards! Load up on water so you are prepared for your ascent of Big Red, where you will camp at Divide before conquering Comanche Peak and Mt. Phillips the next day. Meet the fur trappers of the Rocky Mountain Fur Co. at the end of the day and learn their trade and throw some tomahawks. Follow the Rayado for a visit to Crooked Creek, then a peaceful night at Porcupine before heading to beautiful Apache Springs the next day. Your visit at Apache will be an opportunity to learn about the life of the Jicarilla Apache, try your hand at 3D archery, and enjoy some time in the sweat lodges. Leaving Apache Springs after your layover will take you into new territory and through pristine mountain meadows and prime elk habitat on your way to American Creek Camp for the night. Your last day on the trail takes you through the Colin Neblett Wildlife Area on the beautiful Tolby Trail. Next stop…Base Camp!

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: Divide; Unique Campsite: American Creek;
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DayCampProgram FeaturesCampsite Features
1CHQ Trailbound Opening Campfire Commissary; Showers; Trading Post;  
2Olympia Food Pickup @ CHQ TrailboundTrail Camp; (Commissary; Showers; Trading Post; at CHQ Trailbound)

Ranger Training  

Kit Carson Museum @ Rayado

Bus to Rayado Trailhead
3Abreu Land Navigation / GPS Technology @ ZastrowShowers;  (Showers; at Zastrow)

New Mexican Homestead  


Mexican Dinner  
4Bear Caves Campfire @ Crater LakeTrail Camp; (Showers; at Crater Lake)
5Miner's Park spar pole climbing @ Crater LakeShowers;  (Showers; at Crater Lake)

Food Pickup  

Rock Climbing & Rappelling  
6Divide Water @ Red HillsTrail Camp (Usually dry); (Trail Camp; at Red Hills)

Post Civil War Settlers @ Black Mountain

Climb Big Red  
7Clear Creek Climb Comanche Peak  

Climb Mount Phillips  
8Phillips Junction Tomahawks @ Clear CreekCommissary; Trading Post; Showers;  

Muzzle Loading Rifles @ Clear Creek 

Rocky Mountain Fur Company @ Clear Creek 

Homesteading @ Crooked Creek

Food Pickup  
9Apache Springs Jicarilla Apache Life Commissary;  

Sweat Lodge  

Food Pickup  
10Apache Springs Conservation Project Commissary;  

3D Archery  

Sporting Arrows  
11American Creek Wildlife Conservation @ Garcia CowTrail Camp; 

Ernest T Seton History @ Garcia Cow 
12CHQ Homebound Awards 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
2CHQ TrailboundVisit the Villa PhilmonteCommissary; Showers; Trading Post;
National Scouting Museum
3ZastrowDutch Oven DessertShowers;
Rededication to Scouting
Woodbadge Museum
ATV Rider Course
5Crater LakeContinental Tie & LumberShowers;
Hike over Fowler Mesa
Crosscut Saws / Tie making
Miner's ParkTraverse WallShowers;
Crate Stacking
6Black MountainMuzzle Loading Rifles
Hike via North Fork Urraca
8Clear CreekClimb Mount Phillips
Crooked CreekCabin Tour
Animal Care
Phillips JunctionFishing OpportunitiesCommissary; Trading Post; Showers;
10Apache SpringsJicarilla Apache LifeCommissary;
Sweat Lodge
Corn Grinding
Tipi Tour
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.