Back 2022 Trek 12-18 Forward

Climbing Trek


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


Trek History: New as 12-18 in 2020; 12-18 in 2021-22

If your crew is interested in rock-climbing, rappelling, COPE, and climbing mountains, then this itinerary is for you! Your Crew’s journey will begin by hiking out of Base Camp for a stay at Heck Meadow camp. Enjoy a beautiful view of the sunrise before you make your way towards Hunting Lodge for a glance at a historic Waite Phillips cabin, then off to Cimarroncito for your first opportunity to delve into Philmont’s exciting climbing programs! From Cito, you will head back towards Clarks Fork for a little bit of Western Lore or to brand your boots, but also so you can fill up your water for your stay at Shaeffer’s Pass that night. You’ll climb your first two peaks on your next day, including Shaeffer’s Peak and the iconic Tooth of Time! Enjoy the tremendous 360 views of Philmont’s backcountry on the Tooth before heading down to Stockade Ridge for the night. Be up and ready the next morning so you can get to the High Ropes Course & Climbing Tower at Rocky Mountain Scout Camp where the highly trained staff of the Philmont Training Center will lead your crew through an exciting series of team building and climbing events on Philmont’s COPE tower. Get to the top and get an awesome view of the Tooth while you are up there! Your layover will be at Miners Park, where you will get a new set of climbing opportunities on their unique rock formations, but also enjoy their climbing gym, crate stacking, and the new “Climbing Pavilion of Excellence” where you will learn even more about the sport of rock climbing and be able to put hands on some truly unique rock-climbing equipment! Your next climbing program will be facilitated by the loggers of the Continental Tie & Lumber Co., where they will teach you how to climb a spar pole! Their Company Meeting campfire is not to be missed and offers one of the best campfire views on the ranch! Next up is Trail Peak, where you can see the crash site of the B24 Liberator that crashed there in 1942. Pay your respects and then head to Porcupine for the night and be lulled to sleep by the sounds of the nearby Rayado Creek. Two more peaks await you, Comanche Peak, and Philmont’s second highest peak, Mount Phillips. Spend the rest of the day with the trappers of the Rocky Mountain Fur Co. and learn how to throw tomahawks and shoot muzzle loading rifles. Your journey is almost complete, but not before hiking down the Tolby Trail, which will offer breathtaking views of the Wheeler Peak Range as you make your way to the Tolby Trailhead, and ultimately 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: Heck Meadow; Shaefers Pass;
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DayCampProgram FeaturesCampsite Features
1CHQ Trailbound Opening Campfire Commissary; Showers; Trading Post;  
2Heck Meadow Food Pickup @ CHQ TrailboundTrail Camp (Usually dry); (Commissary; Showers; Trading Post; at CHQ Trailbound)


Hike Out from CHQ  


Ranger Training  
3Cimarroncito Rock Climbing & Rappelling Showers;  


Hunting Lodge Tour @ Hunting Lodge
4Shaefers Pass Western Lore / Branding @ Clarks ForkTrail Camp (Usually dry); (Showers; at Clarks Fork)


Water @ Clarks Fork 


Demonstration Forest @ Hunting Lodge
5Stockade Ridge Water @ StockadeTrail Camp; 


Climb Tooth of Time  
6Miner's Park Food Pickup Showers;  


Rock Climbing & Rappelling  


Climbing Tower @ Rocky Mountain Scout Camp
7Miner's Park Conservation Project Showers;  


Traverse Wall  
8Crater Lake spar pole climbing Showers;  


Campfire  
9Porcupine Food Pickup @ Phillips JunctionTrail Camp; (Commissary; Trading Post; Showers; at Phillips Junction)


Climb Trail Peak  
10Red Hills Climb Big Red Trail Camp; 
11Clear Creek Climb Comanche Peak  


Climb Mount Phillips  


Rocky Mountain Fur Company  


Tomahawks  


Muzzle Loading Rifles  
12CHQ Homebound Awards Campfire Commissary; Showers; Trading Post;  


Hike to Tolby Trailhead
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.

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
3CimarroncitoHike via Hidden Valley / Window RockShowers;
Climbing Gym
Traverse Wall
4Clarks ForkCowboy CampfireShowers;
Hunting LodgeFishing Opportunities
Hunting Lodge Tour
Hike via Hidden Valley / Window Rock
Cabin Tour
5StockadeCOPE
6Rocky Mountain Scout CampCOPE
7Miner's ParkRock Climbing & RappellingShowers;
Crate Stacking
8Crater LakeContinental Tie & LumberShowers;
Hike over Fowler Mesa
Crosscut Saws / Tie making
9Phillips JunctionFishing OpportunitiesCommissary; Trading Post; Showers;
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.