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Photos needed Back 2016 Trek 13 Forward Virtual Tour

Challenging; Approximately 63 miles; Maps required: South

This great itinerary will give you plenty of options for participating in exciting program and bagging rugged mountains in Philmont's Central and South Country. Start by hiking over Lovers Leap on your way to visit the Continental Tie and Lumber Company at Crater Lake. There, you will climb spar poles, cut railroad ties, and take part in the loggers Company Meeting at a picturesque campfire bowl overlooking the Tooth of Time. From there, choose whether you want to hike the lush North Fork Urraca Creek or hike over Black Mountain on your way to Black Mountain Camp. Post-Civil War soldiers will welcome you to their outpost and let you shoot their booming .58 caliber black powder rifles. From there, you have another chance to hike Black Mountain before hiking over beautiful Bonito Peak on your way to Porcupine, Phillips Junction and Buck Creek for the night. Work with the Conservation Department on a trail project west of Buck Creek Camp close to the Philmont border. Stop by our most remote staff camp and learn to homestead at Crooked Creek before camping at beautiful Wild Horse. Next, the climb up Mt. Phillips will be challenging, but seeing the sunset over Wheeler Peak and the Moreno Valley will be something your crew never forgets. Hike over Comanche Peak and Big Red before descending to Lamberts Mine. Side hike to Cyphers Mine for gold panning and a mine tour. From there, hike the Middle Fork Cimarroncito Creek to the Hunting Lodge, where you'll see how Waite Phillips would have lived and hunted in the 1930's. Hike by Window Rock and through Hidden Valley and test your skills on several new climbing routes at Cimarroncito. Hike past the Cimarroncito Reservoir and visit the Demonstration Forest before your final challenge… The Tooth of Time!

Dry Camps: Mt Phillips; Tooth Ridge;

CampProgram FeaturesCampsite Features
1Trailbound Tent City Opening Campfire Commissary; Trading Post;  
2Lover's Leap Ranger Training Trail Camp; 

Bus to Lovers Leap TurnaroundTrail Camp; 
3Crater Lake Continental Tie & Lumber Showers;  

Company Meeting Showers;  
4Black Mountain Post Civil War Settlers  

Muzzle Loading Rifles  

5Buck Creek Food Pickup @ Phillips JunctionTrail Camp; (Commissary; Trading Post; Showers; at Phillips Junction)
6Wild Horse Homesteading @ Crooked CreekTrail Camp; 
7Mt Phillips Water @ Clear CreekTrail Camp (Usually dry); 

Tomahawks @ Clear CreekTrail Camp (Usually dry); 

Rocky Mountain Fur Company @ Clear CreekTrail Camp (Usually dry); 
8Lamberts Mine Gold Mining & Panning @ Cyphers MineTrail Camp; (Showers (wood stoked); at Cyphers Mine)

Hike over Big Red Trail Camp; 

Hike over Comanche Peak Trail Camp; 
9Cimarroncito Rock Climbing & Rappelling Showers;  

Tour Hunting Lodge @ Hunting LodgeShowers;  

Food Pickup @ Ute Gulch CommissaryShowers;  (Commissary; Trading Post; at Ute Gulch Commissary)
10Cimarroncito Hike via Hidden Valley / Window Rock @ Hidden ValleyShowers;  

Conservation @ Hidden ValleyShowers;  
11Tooth Ridge Western Lore / Branding @ Clarks ForkTrail Camp (Always dry); (Showers; at Clarks Fork)

Water @ Clarks ForkTrail Camp (Always dry); 

Visit Demonstration Forest @ Demonstration ForestTrail Camp (Always dry); 
12Homebound Tent City Awards Campfire Showers; Trading Post;  

Tooth of Time Showers; Trading Post;  

Hike in via Tooth Ridge Trail 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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Program opportunities not included on the official itinerary

This list is not complete and is dependent on the route you take each day.
Visit the Villa Philmonte at Trailbound Tent City on day 1
Seton Memorial Library and Philmont Museum at Trailbound Tent City on day 1
Fishing Opportunities at Phillips Junction on day 5
Muzzle Loading Rifles at Clear Creek on day 7 Double Dip
Hike over Mount Phillips at Clear Creek on day 7
Blacksmithing at Cyphers Mine on day 8 Double Dip
Stomp at Cyphers Mine on day 8
Mine Tour at Cyphers Mine on day 8
Hike via Hidden Valley / Window Rock at Cimarroncito on day 9
Advanced Rock Climbing Instruction at Cimarroncito on day 9
Hike via Hidden Valley / Window Rock at Hunting Lodge on day 9
Visit the Villa Philmonte at Homebound Tent City on day 12
Seton Memorial Library and Philmont Museum at Homebound Tent City on day 12