Photos needed Back 2021 Trek 12-13 Forward Virtual Tour

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


If your crew likes to fish, this itinerary is for you! Begin as you hop off the bus at Lover’s Leap and make your way uphill to Urraca Camp. Nestled among the trees is a dedicated team of Philmont Staff, trained in teambuilding skils and ready to turn your crew into a high performing machine! Descend from Urraca to the flowing waters of the Rayado River and stop for a root beer and visit the homestead of the Abreu family before heading to your trail camp, Aquila. The next day is a short jaunt over to Crater Lake and the Continental Tie & Lumber Co., but be sure to arrive early to complete your service project! Finish the evening with the most scenic campfire you’ve ever experienced and enjoy the music as it ties your heart to this magical place. Lace up your boots, because the next day’s traverse is up to Fowler Pass, down to Bonito Creek, up to Webster Pass, and down again to your destination: Fish Camp, Waite Phillips’ favorite river retreat. After a quick fly tying lesson, use your handmade fly to try and catch a trout. Next, press on toward Philmont’s rugged western boundary and enjoy some fishing at the trail camp Porcupine. Swing up to Beaubien if you like and soak in some western lore if you have a chance! On your way to Wild Horse Camp, be sure to visit the homestead at Crooked Creek and tour their rustic homestead and help with chopping wood or tending to the chickens. Rest up for the night so you can be ready to tackle Philmont's second highest peak, Mount Phillips. Along the way, though, you will have a chance to meet the fur trappers of the Rocky Mountain Fur Co. at Clear Creek. Throw some tomahawks and tour the Trapper Cabin before making your way up the mountain. After a memorable summit, make your way to Comanche Peak for the night before heading down to Hunting Lodge. Be on the lookout for the gold prospectors and miners near Cyphers Mine, and try your hand at panning for gold and touring the Contention Mine. Waite Phillips’ Hunting Lodge is a great place to soak in the history and wet a fly in the reservoir! At Clarks Fork, saddle up for a horse ride, enjoy a delicious Chuckwagon dinner, and end the day at a traditional cowboy campfire. With the end in sight, your crew will be tired, but motivated as you hike the scenic traverse over Shaefers Peak towards the Tooth. Enjoy the view atop the iconic Tooth of Time, then traverse Tooth Ridge as you make your way back to Base Camp.

Dry Camps: Magpie; Aguila; Comanche Peak; Shaefers Pass;

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


Water @ Rocky Mountain Scout CampTrail Camp (Usually dry); 


Hike out from CHQ Trail Camp (Usually dry); 


Ranger Training Trail Camp (Usually dry); 
3Aguila Challenge Events @ UrracaTrail Camp (Usually dry); 
4Crater Lake spar pole climbing Showers;  


Campfire Showers;  


Tie making Showers;  


Conservation Project Showers;  
5Fish Camp Rayado Lodge Tour  


Fly Tying  


Fishing Opportunities  


Hike over Fowler Mesa  
6Porcupine Western Lore / Branding @ BeaubienTrail Camp; (Showers (wood stoked); at Beaubien)


Food Pickup @ Phillips JunctionTrail Camp; (Commissary; Trading Post; Showers; at Phillips Junction)
7Wild Horse Cabin Tour @ Crooked CreekTrail Camp; 


Homesteading @ Crooked CreekTrail Camp; 
8Comanche Peak Rocky Mountain Fur Company @ Clear CreekTrail Camp (Usually dry); 


Water @ Clear CreekTrail Camp (Usually dry); 


Tomahawks @ Clear CreekTrail Camp (Usually dry); 


Climb Mount Phillips Trail Camp (Usually dry); 


Climb Comanche Peak Trail Camp (Usually dry); 
9Hunting Lodge Gold Mining & Panning @ Cyphers Mine (Showers (wood stoked); at Cyphers Mine)


Blacksmithing @ Cyphers Mine 


Mine Tour @ Cyphers Mine 


Hunting Lodge Tour  


Fishing Opportunities  
10Clarks Fork Food Pickup @ CimarroncitoShowers;  (Showers; at Cimarroncito)


Chuck Wagon Dinner Showers;  


Campfire Showers;  


Horse Rides Showers;  
11Shaefers Pass Water @ Clarks ForkTrail Camp (Usually dry); (Showers; at Clarks Fork)
12CHQ Homebound Awards Campfire Commissary; Showers; Trading Post;  


Climb Shaefer's Peak Commissary; Showers; Trading Post;  


Climb Tooth of Time Commissary; Showers; Trading Post;  


Hike in via Tooth Ridge Trail Commissary; 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
Rocky Mountain Scout CampCOPE
3UrracaHigh Ropes Instruction & Advanced Challenge Scenarios
Sunrise at Inspiration Point
4Crater LakeContinental Tie & LumberShowers;
Hike over Fowler Mesa
6BeaubienClimb Trail PeakShowers (wood stoked);
Hike over Lookout Peak
Cowboy Campfire
Phillips JunctionFishing OpportunitiesCommissary; Trading Post; Showers;
7Crooked CreekAnimal Care
8Clear CreekMuzzle Loading Rifles
Climb Mount Phillips
Comanche PeakSunrise East of Comanche Peak CampTrail Camp (Usually dry);
9Cyphers MineStompShowers (wood stoked);
Hunting LodgeHike via Hidden Valley / Window Rock
Cabin Tour
10CimarroncitoRock Climbing & RappellingShowers;
Hike via Hidden Valley / Window Rock
Climbing Gym
Traverse Wall
11Clarks ForkWestern Lore / BrandingShowers;
Cowboy Campfire
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.