Photos needed Back 2021 Trek 12-12 Forward Virtual Tour

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


This great South Country itinerary will take you through pristine parts of Philmont with a variety of great program opportunities. Start at Rayado Trailhead where you will learn about Kit Carson and Lucien Maxwell’s Santa Fe Trail outpost. After a night enjoying the stars at Olympia, hike to Carson Meadows for a search and rescue program and learn about wilderness medicine. The next day you’ll hike through the scenic Rayado Canyon on your way through Fish Camp to Agua Fria. Tie a fly, tour Rayado Lodge, and try to catch a trout! Enjoy the beautiful hike from Agua Fria to Lost Cabins before taking a pit stop at Apache Springs to learn about the life of the Jicarilla Apache. Next, you’ll hike to one of Philmont’s newest camps, Garcia Cow, and learn about wildlife conservation and the teachings of Earnest Thompson Seton, one of the founders of the BSA. Keep your eyes peeled for the elk heard as you make your way through the vast meadows of Garcia Park and Saladon Lake. Enjoy the great views of Wheeler Peak and the range of mountains stretching all the way to Baldy as you make your way to one of Philmont’s most pristine camps, Wild Horse. Be sure to visit the homesteaders at Crooked Creek before making your stop at Buck Creek trail camp. Get your rest, you’ll need it as you make your hike up to Red Hills, one of Philmont’s highest altitude camps. The next day you’ll side hike to Mount Phillips before dropping down into Black Mountain camp where you’ll enjoy the muzzle loading rifle and blacksmithing programs. After enjoying the hike down the North Fork Urraca trail, look for the Grizzly Tooth rock formation as you make your way to Miners Park where you will rock climb and rappel. Your last night will be at Stockade Ridge where you’ll get a great view of the Tooth of Time. But first, you will complete your conservation project and have the opportunity to enjoy the COPE Tower at RMSC. Be sure to get up early on your last morning and side hike the Tooth before you get picked up by a bus from Lovers Leap Trailhead. Next Stop… Base Camp!

Dry Camps: Divide; Unique Campsite: Buck Creek;

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 Trail Camp; 


Kit Carson Museum @ RayadoTrail Camp; 


Bus to Rayado TrailheadTrail Camp; 
3Carson Meadows New Mexican Homestead @ Abreu (Showers; at Abreu)


Cantina @ Abreu 


Search & Rescue / Wilderness Medicine  
4Agua Fria Fishing Opportunities @ Fish CampTrail Camp; 


Rayado Lodge Tour @ Fish CampTrail Camp; 


Fly Tying @ Fish CampTrail Camp; 
5Garcia Cow Food Pickup @ Apache Springs (Commissary; at Apache Springs)


Jicarilla Apache Life @ Apache Springs 


3D Archery @ Apache Springs 


Conservation Project @ Apache Springs 


Wildlife Conservation  
6Wild HorseTrail Camp; 
7Buck Creek Homesteading @ Crooked CreekTrail Camp; 


Cabin Tour @ Crooked CreekTrail Camp; 
8Divide Climb Big Red @ Red HillsTrail Camp (Usually dry); (Trail Camp; at Red Hills)


Food Pickup @ Phillips JunctionTrail Camp (Usually dry); (Commissary; Trading Post; Showers; at Phillips Junction)
9Black Mountain Blacksmithing  


Climb Mount Phillips  


Post Civil War Settlers  
10Miner's Park Muzzle Loading Rifles @ Black MountainShowers;  


Food Pickup Showers;  


Rock Climbing & Rappelling Showers;  
11Stockade Ridge Conservation Project @ Lover's LeapTrail Camp; (Trail Camp; at Lover's Leap)


COPE @ Rocky Mountain Scout CampTrail Camp; 


Water @ StockadeTrail Camp; 
12CHQ Homebound Awards Campfire Commissary; Showers; Trading Post;  


Climb Tooth of Time Commissary; Showers; Trading Post;  


Hike to Lovers Leap TrailheadCommissary; Showers; Trading Post;  
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.
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DayCampPotential Additional Program FeaturesCampsite Features
2CHQ TrailboundVisit the Villa PhilmonteCommissary; Showers; Trading Post;
National Scouting Museum
RayadoTomahawks
3AbreuHomesteadingShowers;
5Apache SpringsSweat LodgeCommissary;
Corn Grinding
Sporting Arrows
Garcia CowErnest T Seton History
7Crooked CreekAnimal Care
8Phillips JunctionFishing OpportunitiesCommissary; Trading Post; Showers;
10Black MountainBlacksmithing
Post Civil War Settlers
Hike via North Fork Urraca
Miner's ParkTraverse WallShowers;
11StockadeCOPE
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.