Photos needed Back 2022 Trek 12-15 Forward Virtual Tour

Rugged; Approximately 61 miles; Maps required: north; No KMZ data available

Trek History: New as 12-15 in 2020; 12-15 in 2021-22

This challenging North Country itinerary will take you to Philmont’s highest point and get you great program opportunities along the way. You will start your trek off at Ponil Trailhead before hiking on to Bluestem for the night. The next day you will hike to Pueblano Ruins but make sure to hike back to Pueblano to learn logging skills with the Continental Tie and Lumber Co. and to experience their company meeting campfire that night for a great musical experience. You will hike to Baldy Town the next day to prepare for the following day’s summit: Baldy Mountain at 12,441 ft. above sea level. Loop around to Copper Park and down to French Henry to explore the Aztec Mine or do some gold panning, as well! Wake up early to get down to the Mountain Man Rendezvous at Miranda before hiking to Ringtail, where you will get a great view to reflect upon your accomplishment the previous day. After spending the night there, pass through Head of Dean and work with the facilitators to conquer some of their challenge course events. Next, you will hike to the newly reopened staffed camp, Santa Claus. Here you will enjoy the 12-gauge shotgun shooting and reloading program before camping there for the night. After Santa Claus, you will spend the night at Dean Skyline, before heading to Ponil the following day to see what life was like for the cowboys of the old west. Do some Cowboy Action shooting, work on your Conservation Project, eat a chuckwagon dinner, and listen to western music at the Cantina Show in the evening. The next day’s hike takes your crew over Hart Peak with excellent views of the Sangre de Cristos before heading down to Indian Writings for some archaeology and petroglyphs, then off to Anasazi for the evening. Your last night in the backcountry will be at Chase Cow, one of Philmont’s newest staffed camps. Here your crew will enjoy rock climbing before hiking to the historic Chase Ranch for a tour and your bus pickup. 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: Bluestem; Ringtail; Unique Campsite: Bluestem; Ringtail;

DayCampProgram FeaturesCampsite Features
1CHQ Trailbound Opening Campfire Commissary; Showers; Trading Post;  
2Bluestem Western Lore / Branding @ PonilTrail Camp (Always dry); (Commissary; Trading Post; Showers; at Ponil)

Ranger Training @ SiouxTrail Camp (Always dry); (Trail Camp; at Sioux)

Food Pickup @ CHQ TrailboundTrail Camp (Always dry); (Commissary; Showers; Trading Post; at CHQ Trailbound)

Bus to Ponil TrailheadTrail Camp (Always dry); 

Water @ South Ponil CreekTrail Camp (Always dry); 
3Pueblano Ruins spar pole climbing @ PueblanoTrail Camp; 

Crosscut Saws / Tie making @ PueblanoTrail Camp; 

Campfire @ PueblanoTrail Camp; 
4Baldy Town Mining History Commissary; Trading Post; Showers;  

Assaying Commissary; Trading Post; Showers;  

Food Pickup Commissary; Trading Post; Showers;  
5Baldy Town Climb Baldy Mountain Commissary; Trading Post; Showers;  

Gold Mining & Panning @ French HenryCommissary; Trading Post; Showers;  

Mine Tour @ French HenryCommissary; Trading Post; Showers;  

Blacksmithing @ French HenryCommissary; Trading Post; Showers;  
6Ringtail Mountain Man Rendezvous @ MirandaTrail Camp (Usually dry); 

Tomahawks @ MirandaTrail Camp (Usually dry); 
7Santa Claus Challenge Events @ Head of Dean 
8Dean Skyline Water @ Santa ClausTrail Camp; 

12 Gauge Shotgun shooting/reloading @ Santa ClausTrail Camp; 
9Ponil Conservation Project Commissary; Trading Post; Showers;  

Western Lore / Branding Commissary; Trading Post; Showers;  

Cowboy Action Shooting Commissary; Trading Post; Showers;  

Chuck Wagon Dinner Commissary; Trading Post; Showers;  

Campfire Commissary; Trading Post; Showers;  

Food Pickup Commissary; Trading Post; Showers;  
10Anasazi Climb Hart Peak Trail Camp; 

Petroglyphs Tour @ Indian WritingsTrail Camp; (Showers; at Indian Writings)

Archaeology @ Indian WritingsTrail Camp; 

Atl Atl Darts @ Indian WritingsTrail Camp; 
11Chase Cow Rock Climbing & Rappelling  

12CHQ Homebound Awards Campfire Commissary; Showers; Trading Post;  

Hike to Chase TrailheadCommissary; Showers; Trading Post;  

Tour Historic Chase Ranch @ Chase RanchCommissary; 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
3PueblanoContinental Tie & Lumber
5Baldy TownTour Historic Baldy TownCommissary; Trading Post; Showers;
Mining History
6MirandaMuzzle Loading Rifles
Climb Baldy Mountain
7Head of Deanpickup crew based challenge events
9PonilCantinaCommissary; Trading Post; Showers;
Cantina Show
Climb Hart Peak
10AnasaziTyrannosaurus Rex TrackTrail Camp;
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.