Photos needed Back 2022 Trek 12-13 Forward Virtual Tour

Rugged; Approximately 59 miles; Maps required: south; No KMZ data available

Trek History: New as 12-13 in 2020; 12-13 in 2021-22

If your crew likes to fish, this itinerary is for you! Begin as you hike out of Base Camp and make your way uphill to Magpie Camp. Nestled among the trees above Magpie is a dedicated team of Philmont Staff, trained in teambuilding skills and ready to turn your crew into a high performing machine at Urraca Mesa! The next day is a short jaunt over to Crater Lake and the Continental Tie & Lumber Co. for spar pole climbing and logging activities. 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. The next morning, lace up your boots for your traverse 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 the beautiful creek 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. Get there early so you can shoot the muzzle loading rifles 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. Be on the lookout for the gold prospectors and miners near Cyphers Mine and try your hand at panning for gold before getting back on the trail. Your next stop is Waite Phillips’ Hunting Lodge, which is a great place to soak in the history and wet a fly in the reservoir! Head to Cimarroncito the next morning for resupply, but also to enjoy their Rock Climbing and Rappelling programs. Next, head to Clarks Fork for some Western Lore program, enjoy a delicious Chuckwagon dinner, and end the day at a traditional cowboy campfire. Ride horses the next morning before heading up to your last trail camp, Shaefers Pass. 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.

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: Magpie; 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); 
3Urraca Campfire  


Challenge Events  
4Crater Lake spar pole climbing Showers;  


Campfire Showers;  


Crosscut Saws / Tie making Showers;  


Conservation Project Showers;  
5Fish Camp Hike over Fowler Mesa  


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 Homesteading @ Crooked CreekTrail Camp; 


Cabin Tour @ Crooked CreekTrail Camp; 
8Comanche Peak Water @ Clear CreekTrail Camp (Usually dry); 


Rocky Mountain Fur Company @ Clear CreekTrail Camp (Usually dry); 


Tomahawks @ Clear CreekTrail Camp (Usually dry); 


Climb Comanche Peak Trail Camp (Usually dry); 


Climb Mount Phillips 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)


Rock Climbing & Rappelling @ CimarroncitoShowers;  


Chuck Wagon Dinner Showers;  


Western Lore / Branding Showers;  


Campfire Showers;  


Demonstration Forest @ Demonstration ForestShowers;  
11Shaefers Pass Horse Rides @ Clarks ForkTrail Camp (Usually dry); (Showers; at Clarks Fork)


Water @ Clarks ForkTrail Camp (Usually dry); 
12CHQ Homebound 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;  


Awards Campfire 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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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
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);
Climb 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
10CimarroncitoHike via Hidden Valley / Window RockShowers;
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.