Photos needed Back 2022 Trek 12-22 Forward Virtual Tour

Strenuous; Approximately 69 miles; Maps required: north; No KMZ data available

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

This mountaintop Itinerary gives your crew the chance to climb one of the most beautiful Valle Vidal Peaks: Little Costilla. Your journey begins at the Ponil Trailhead for the short hike to Sioux where your Ranger can impart upon you the training that will benefit you for the rest of your trek. Begin your journey to the North up to Rich Cabins and stay at the former homestead of the Rich Family. Help with the garden and caring for the animals, then enjoy the evening family gathering to learn about the family and their history. Your next day will bring your crew into the Valle Vidal to the Middle Ponil low impact camping site, and that much closer to your first mountaintop experience. Continue your hike into the vast and beautiful Valle Vidal to make your way up to Little Costilla Camp. In June, explore the Shuree Cabin site and Shuree Ponds sites. (Little Costilla is closed to the public for elk calving season in June.) The cabin is a historic recreation of a cabin that existed there in the early 1900s. LA Times newspaper baron Harry Chandler used to bring silent film stars of the era to this cabin, and Shuree Ponds was the former site of the Penzoil Corporation’s retreat facilities, prior to the land being donated to the US Forest Service. In July and August, enjoy the challenge of climbing Little Costilla Peak! Next head to Whiteman Vega to ride mountain bikes on a trail network built just for bikes! Ring Place is next up, where you will stop for program, food, and water before camping the night at Seally Canyon. Continue the journey back to Philmont and crossover at Dan Beard. Enjoy the opportunity to practice team building and communication skills on their challenge course. The next leg of your journey brings you to Metcalf Station, home of the Cimarron & Northwestern Railway. The section gang there will have you building a railroad in no time and will treat you with an outstanding campfire performance you are not soon to forget. Early to rise, as your next to last day on the trail will bring you to the Indian Writings for a Petroglyph tour, and then over to Chase Cow Camp to enjoy their rock-climbing and rappelling programs. Hike to the former headquarters of the Chase Ranch and tour their historic home before making your bus pickup time and your journey 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."

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

Cantina @ PonilTrail Camp; 

Campfire @ PonilTrail Camp; 

Ranger Training Trail Camp; 

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

Bus to Ponil TrailheadTrail Camp; 
3Rich Cabins Conservation Project @ PonilCommissary; Low Impact Camp;  (Commissary; Trading Post; Showers; at Ponil)

Homesteading Commissary; Low Impact Camp;  

Cabin Tour Commissary; Low Impact Camp;  

Campfire Commissary; Low Impact Camp;  
4Middle Ponil Low Impact Camping Low Impact Camp;  
5Little Costilla Low Impact Camping Low Impact Camp;  
6Little Costilla Side Hike Little Costilla and/or Ash Mountain Low Impact Camp;  
7Whiteman Vega Mountain Biking Low Impact Camp;  
8Seally Canyon Food Pickup @ Ring PlaceLow Impact Camp;  (Commissary; Low Impact Camp; at Ring Place)

Folk Weather Forecasting @ Ring PlaceLow Impact Camp;  

Search & Rescue / Wilderness Medicine Low Impact Camp;  
9Dan Beard Challenge Events Low Impact Camp;  
10Metcalf Station Railroading  


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
3PonilCantinaCommissary; Trading Post; Showers;
Western Lore / Branding
Cantina Show
Climb Hart Peak
Cowboy Action Shooting
Rich CabinsEvening musicCommissary; Low Impact Camp;
Animal Care
4Middle PonilSide Hike Ash MountainLow Impact Camp;
Side Hike Little Costilla and/or Ash Mountain
6Little CostillaSide Hike Ash MountainLow Impact Camp;
8Ring PlaceAstronomyCommissary; Low Impact Camp;
Historic Homestead
Side Hike to McCrystal Creek Ruins
9Dan BeardLeave No Trace TrainingLow Impact Camp;
10Metcalf StationMorse Code
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.