Photos needed Back 2022 Trek 12-21 Forward Virtual Tour

Rugged; Approximately 63 miles; Maps required: north; No KMZ data available

Trek History: New as 12-21 in 2020; 12-21 in 2021-22

This Valle Vidal itinerary will enable your crew to see an incredible assortment of wildlife, enjoy enormous grass filled vegas, hike through beautiful ponderosa pine stands, and view the rugged mountains to the North of Philmont! Start off at the Ponil trailhead and stop for a quick visit at Ponil before settling in for some Ranger training at Bent Camp. Your next day has you heading to Dan Beard where you will be guided through a series of team building elements with your crew. You’ll enter the US Forest Service's Valle Vidal the next morning, but sure to fill up with water before heading to Seally Canyon, though. After checking the weather forecast at Ring Place, head to Whiteman Vega, where you will get a chance to ride bikes on some of the area's best mountain biking trails. Get a good night's rest and enjoy the serenity of a remote trail camp in the Valle Vidal at Iris Park, which was the former site of Philmont’s mountain biking program in the 90s. Head down the canyon the next day to visit the historic homestead of the Rich Family. Help them tend to their garden and their animals and tour the well-preserved Rich Cabin. Their family gathering that night is not to be missed and will be a great opportunity to learn about the history and exploits of the Riches. From Rich Cabins, head up and over Wilson Mesa and back on to Philmont property to visit the loggers of the Continental Tie & Lumber Co. at Pueblano. Help make a railroad tie or learn how to use a crosscut saw. Make your way to Baldy Skyline so you can set up camp. Rest up and continue your journey into the Baldy Mining District. Stop at Baldy Town as you make your way to Copper Park, and you can learn about the mining history of the area, and how to assay the value of ore while you are at it. If you have time, take a side hike to French Henry where you can tour the Aztec Mine, learn how to blacksmith, or pan for gold! Rest well at Copper Park, as the next morning brings you to the summit of Philmont's highest peak, Baldy Mountain. Enjoy the views of Eagle Nest Lake, Wheeler Peak, and the entire 360-degree panorama around you. It will take your breath away! From Copper Park you will head to Miranda for an authentic Mountain Man Rendezvous. Learn how to throw tomahawks, shoot muzzle loading rifles, and see some trade items on display in their trade tent! Enjoy your last night at Philmont with one of the best meadow views of Baldy Mountain before heading down to the Maxwell Trailhead for your bus pick up the next morning. Turn around and enjoy the view, you will be glad you did!

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;  
2Bent Ranger Training Trail Camp; 

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

Bus to Ponil TrailheadTrail Camp; 
3Dan Beard Challenge Events Low Impact Camp;  
4Seally Canyon Search & Rescue / Wilderness Medicine Low Impact Camp;  
5Whiteman Vega Folk Weather Forecasting @ Ring PlaceLow Impact Camp;  (Commissary; Low Impact Camp; at Ring Place)

Mountain Biking Low Impact Camp;  
6Iris Park Low Impact Camping Low Impact Camp; Trail Camp; 
7Rich Cabins Food Pickup Commissary; Low Impact Camp;  

Homesteading Commissary; Low Impact Camp;  

Cabin Tour Commissary; Low Impact Camp;  

Campfire Commissary; Low Impact Camp;  
8Baldy Skyline Gold Mining & Panning @ French HenryTrail Camp; 

Mine Tour @ French HenryTrail Camp; 

Crosscut Saws / Tie making @ PueblanoTrail Camp; 
9Copper Park Mining History @ Baldy TownTrail Camp; (Commissary; Trading Post; Showers; at Baldy Town)

Assaying @ Baldy TownTrail Camp; 

Gold Mining & Panning @ French HenryTrail Camp; 
10Copper Park Climb Baldy Mountain Trail Camp; 
11Miranda Mountain Man Rendezvous  

Muzzle Loading Rifles  

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

Hike to Maxwell 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
2CHQ TrailboundVisit the Villa PhilmonteCommissary; Showers; Trading Post;
National Scouting Museum
3Dan BeardLeave No Trace TrainingLow Impact Camp;
5Ring PlaceAstronomyCommissary; Low Impact Camp;
Historic Homestead
Side Hike to McCrystal Creek Ruins
6Iris ParkHike via Iris Park & Beatty LakesLow Impact Camp; Trail Camp;
7Rich CabinsEvening musicCommissary; Low Impact Camp;
Animal Care
8PueblanoContinental Tie & Lumber
spar pole climbing
9Baldy TownClimb Baldy MountainCommissary; Trading Post; Showers;
Tour Historic Baldy Town
French HenryBlacksmithing
Mine Tour
11MirandaClimb Baldy Mountain
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.