Back 2022 Trek 12-24 Forward

Fire Modified

Strenuous; Approximately 67 miles; Maps required: north; No KMZ data available

Trek History: New as 12-24 in 2020; 12-24 in 2021-22

This Valle Vidal itinerary will enable you to see an incredible assortment of wildlife, enormous grass filled vegas, gorgeous ponderosa pine stands, and the rugged mountains North of Philmont. Start off by seeing the world’s first confirmed T-Rex track, which was found in the North Ponil Canyon. Tour the fascinating petroglyphs left by the Ancestral Puebloan people at Indian Writings. From there, head up to Metcalf Station and on to Dan Beard for the night. Work with the staff there to test your crew’s teamwork before venturing off Philmont property. Enjoy a night of solitude at Seally Canyon before heading off to Ring Place the next morning, where you will complete your conservation project. Then, head to Whiteman Vega, where you will be treated to a mountain bike ride on one of New Mexico's best mountain biking trails. The next leg of your journey takes you to Iris Park for some rest before heading South the next day towards Philmont and camping at Upper Greenwood for the night. Be ready for a big day, as you hike towards Copper Park, with a side hike to summit Philmont’s tallest peak, Baldy Mountain. Hang your bear bags Leave No Trace (LNT) style in the tree line before the ascent, then make your way up! While on top, review all the ground you covered in the Valle from Baldy Mountain! If you still have time after your Baldy Summit, take a side hike to French Henry to explore Lucien Maxwell’s best gold producing Aztec Mine. Your next day will allow you to make a quick stop at historic Baldy Town before heading to the Mountain Man Rendezvous at Miranda. Pick up your burro and learn to pack him properly before heading to Pueblano for some spar pole climbing and railroad tie making with the loggers of the Continental Tie & Lumber Co. Your crew is sure to be entertained at their Company Meeting Campfire that night. Continue to Ponil for Cowboy Action Shooting, branding, roping, horse rides, a chuckwagon dinner, and a Cantina Show. Reflect on your trip as you load the bus at the Ponil Trailhead and head 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."

Unique Campsite: Chase Canyon;
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DayCampProgram FeaturesCampsite Features
1CHQ Trailbound Opening Campfire Commissary; Showers; Trading Post;  
2Anasazi Ranger Training Trail Camp; 

Hike to Six Mile Gate

Food Pickup @ CHQ TrailboundCommissary; Showers; Trading Post;
2Hells fire Canyon Bus to Chase TrailheadTrail Camp; 

Ranger Training  
3Dan Beard Railroading @ Metcalf StationLow Impact Camp;  

Blacksmithing @ Metcalf Station 
3Chase Canyon Rock Climbing & Rappelling @ Chase Cow 
4Seally Canyon Challenge Events @ Dan BeardLow Impact Camp;  (Low Impact Camp; at Dan Beard)

Low Impact Camping  
4Indian Writings Archaeology Showers;  

Atl Atl Darts  

Petroglyphs Tour  
5Whiteman Vega Food Pickup @ Ring PlaceLow Impact Camp;  (Commissary; Low Impact Camp; at Ring Place)

Folk Weather Forecasting @ Ring Place 

Conservation Project  
5Metcalf Station Food Pickup @ Ponil (Commissary; Trading Post; Showers; at Ponil)


Climb Hart Peak  


6Iris Park Low Impact Camping Low Impact Camp; Trail Camp; 

Mountain Biking @ Whiteman VegaLow Impact Camp;
6Dan Beard Mountain Biking @ Cook CanyonLow Impact Camp;  (Trail Camp; at Cook Canyon)

Challenge Events  

Low Impact Camping  
7Upper Greenwood Low Impact Camping Low Impact Camp; Trail Camp; 
8Copper Park Climb Baldy Mountain Trail Camp; 
9Miranda Food Pickup @ Baldy Town (Commissary; Trading Post; Showers; at Baldy Town)

Mining History @ Baldy Town 

Mountain Man Rendezvous  


Muzzle Loading Rifles  
10Pueblano Pick Up Burros @ Miranda 

spar pole climbing  


Continental Tie & Lumber  
11Ponil Cantina Show Commissary; Trading Post; Showers;  

Western Lore / Branding  

Food Pickup  

Horse Rides  

Return Burros  

Chuck Wagon Dinner  
12CHQ Homebound Cowboy Action Shooting @ PonilCommissary; Showers; Trading Post;  (Commissary; Trading Post; Showers; at Ponil)

Awards Campfire  

Hike to Ponil 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
2AnasaziTyrannosaurus Rex TrackTrail Camp;
Six Mile GateTyrannosaurus Rex Track
CHQ TrailboundVisit the Villa PhilmonteCommissary; Showers; Trading Post;
National Scouting Museum
3Chase CowBouldering
4Seally CanyonSearch & Rescue / Wilderness MedicineLow Impact Camp;
5Ring PlaceAstronomyCommissary; Low Impact Camp;
Historic Homestead
Side Hike to McCrystal Creek Ruins
Metcalf StationRailroading
Morse Code
6Dan BeardChallenge EventsLow Impact Camp;
Leave No Trace Training
Iris ParkHike via Iris Park & Beatty LakesLow Impact Camp; Trail Camp;
9Baldy TownClimb Baldy MountainCommissary; Trading Post; Showers;
Tour Historic Baldy Town
10MirandaMuzzle Loading Rifles
Mountain Man Rendezvous
Climb Baldy Mountain
PueblanoCrosscut Saws / Tie making
12PonilCantinaCommissary; Trading Post; Showers;
Western Lore / Branding
Cantina Show
Climb Hart Peak
CHQ 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.