Photos needed Back 2022 Trek 12-2 Forward Virtual Tour

Challenging; Approximately 59 miles; Maps required: North; No KMZ data available

Trek History: New as 2 in 2019; 12-2 in 2020-22

This program packed itinerary loops through the Philmont North Country and combines high peaks and beautiful vistas with southwest history. The adventure begins with a bus from Base Camp to the Six-Mile Trailhead and a short hike to the first confirmed T-Rex footprint in the world. You’ll make your way to Anasazi trail camp where your Ranger will pass on important skills. Head up the North Ponil Canyon to Indian Writings where you will see ancestral Puebloan petroglyphs and archeology sites. Listen for the echo of the mauls striking spikes as you make your way to Metcalf Station to learn what life was like on the railroad. You’ll help rebuild the railroad and enjoy great music and stories at the evening campfire. The next day you will head to Sioux and visit Ponil, where you will have the chance to do Cowboy Action Shooting, roping, and branding. Reward yourself with a cold root beer at the cantina, chow down on a delicious chuckwagon meal and prepare to be entertained at the evening Cantina Show! You’ll be assigned your burro and learn how to care for it and pack it properly the next morning before you Head up the North Ponil River to the Continental Tie and Lumber Co. at Pueblano where your crew can climb spar poles and make rail ties before enjoying yet another amazing campfire performance. Move on up to Ute Meadows for a layover and prepare yourself with rest and reflection before your ascent of Philmont's highest peak. Climbing to the top of the 12,441 ft. Baldy Mountain is sure to be the highlight of your Philmont adventure! You’ll also enjoy the loop through Copper Park and on to the Aztec Mine at French Henry, eventually ending up back at the old mining town at Baldy Town. Your next day is just a short hike to Miranda where you will have plenty of time for muzzle loading rifles, tomahawks and the mountain man rendezvous. Challenge course events at Head of Dean will help your crew build confidence and teamwork. Shoot on over to Santa Claus camp where you will load your own shells before heading down to the range to shoot 12-gauge shotguns. Your final full day of hiking will take you to New Dean trail camp before heading to the Ponil Trailhead for your trip back to Base Camp. What a trek!

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."

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

Bus to Six Mile GateTrail Camp; 

Tyrannosaurus Rex Track @ Six Mile GateTrail Camp; 

Ranger Training Trail Camp; 
3Metcalf Station Petroglyphs Tour @ Indian Writings (Showers; at Indian Writings)



4Sioux Western Lore / Branding @ PonilTrail Camp; (Commissary; Trading Post; Showers; at Ponil)

Cowboy Action Shooting @ PonilTrail Camp; 

Cantina @ PonilTrail Camp; 

Chuck Wagon Dinner @ PonilTrail Camp; 

Campfire @ PonilTrail Camp; 

Food Pickup @ PonilTrail Camp; 
5Pueblano Pick Up Burros @ Ponil (Commissary; Trading Post; Showers; at Ponil)

Crosscut Saws / Tie making  

6Ute Meadows spar pole climbing @ PueblanoTrail Camp; 

Return Burros @ MirandaTrail Camp; 
7Ute Meadows Climb Baldy Mountain Trail Camp; 

Gold Mining & Panning @ French HenryTrail Camp; 

Food Pickup @ Baldy TownTrail Camp; (Commissary; Trading Post; Showers; at Baldy Town)
8Miranda Mountain Man Rendezvous  

Muzzle Loading Rifles  

9Head of Dean Challenge Events  

Conservation Project @ Baldy Skyline (Trail Camp; at Baldy Skyline)
10Santa Claus 12 Gauge Shotgun shooting/reloading  
11New DeanTrail Camp; 
12CHQ Homebound Awards Campfire Commissary; Showers; Trading Post;  

Hike to Ponil TrailheadCommissary; 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
2AnasaziTyrannosaurus Rex TrackTrail Camp;
CHQ TrailboundVisit the Villa PhilmonteCommissary; Showers; Trading Post;
National Scouting Museum
3Indian WritingsArchaeologyShowers;
Atl Atl Darts
Metcalf StationMorse Code
5PonilCantinaCommissary; Trading Post; Showers;
Western Lore / Branding
Cantina Show
Climb Hart Peak
Cowboy Action Shooting
6PueblanoContinental Tie & Lumber
Crosscut Saws / Tie making
7Baldy TownClimb Baldy MountainCommissary; Trading Post; Showers;
Tour Historic Baldy Town
Mining History
French HenryBlacksmithing
Mine Tour
8MirandaClimb Baldy Mountain
9Head of Deanpickup crew based challenge events
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.