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Photos needed Back 2016 Trek 25 Forward Virtual Tour

Strenuous; Approximately 79 miles; Maps required: South, North

If your crew enjoys GPS and land navigation, this GEOCACHING TREK is for you! Test your navigation skills on Ted Turner’s Vermejo Park Ranch. Our Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Department set up a challenging course in rugged country with some of the most unique rock outcroppings and vistas that the southwest has to offer. We are challenging your crew to be the first to locate them all! Start your trek at Dean Heck Camp before bushwacking up Slate Hill to find the geocaches. Be amazed by the rock formations and if you pay close attention, you might even find a rock with Waite Phillips' initials (WP) carved into it! Spend the night where few other crews have the opportunity to stay at beautiful Slate Hill Heck Camp. Log your findings with the Harlan staff before learning to reload and shoot your own 12 gauge shells. Work on a trail project with the Conservation Department on your way to Lost Gap. Next, hike through Hidden Valley and by Window Rock to Waite Phillips Hunting Lodge. At Cyphers Mine, you will explore Charlie Cyphers mine and be entertained at The Stomp. Wake up early and fill up your water bottles as you ascend Mt. Phillips. The hike will be tough, but viewing Wheeler Peak and the Moreno Valley is something that your crew will never forget. Tomahawks and booming .50 caliber black powder rifles await your crew at Clear Creek. From there, camp at beautiful Bear Canyon and fish the banks of the Rayado Creek, just as Waite Phillips enjoyed to do at Fish Camp. Enjoy hiking down Rayado Canyon and help the staff at Carson Meadows with an important search and rescue mission. Get an early start to rock climb and rappel at Miners park before your final challenge… Tooth of Time!

Dry Camps: Dean Heck; Slate Hill Heck;

CampProgram FeaturesCampsite Features
1Trailbound Tent City Opening Campfire Commissary; Trading Post;  
2Dean Heck Tour Historic Chase Ranch Trail Camp (Always dry); 

Ranger Training Trail Camp (Always dry); 

Bus to Chase TurnaroundTrail Camp (Always dry); 
3Slate Hill Heck Geocaching Low Impact Camp; Trail Camp (Always dry); 

Leave No Trace Camping Low Impact Camp; Trail Camp (Always dry); 

Water @ Dean HeckLow Impact Camp; Trail Camp (Always dry); (Trail Camp (Always dry); at Dean Heck)
4Harlan Shotgun shooting/reloading - 12 Gauge  

Burro Racing  
5Lost Gap Conservation @ HarlanTrail Camp; 

Water @ Deer LakeTrail Camp; (Trail Camp; at Deer Lake)
6Hunting Lodge Tour Hunting Lodge  

Food Pickup @ Ute Gulch Commissary (Commissary; Trading Post; at Ute Gulch Commissary)

Hike via Hidden Valley / Window Rock @ Hidden Valley 
7Cyphers Mine Blacksmithing Showers (wood stoked);  

Stomp Showers (wood stoked);  

Gold Mining & Panning Showers (wood stoked);  
8Clear Creek Hike over Mount Phillips  

Hike over Comanche Peak  

Rocky Mountain Fur Company  

Muzzle Loading Rifles  

9Bear Canyon Homesteading @ Crooked CreekTrail Camp; 

Food Pickup @ Phillips JunctionTrail Camp; (Commissary; Trading Post; Showers; at Phillips Junction)
10Carson Meadows Fly Tying @ Fish Camp 

Fishing Lodge Tour @ Fish Camp 

Fishing Opportunities @ Fish Camp 

Search & Rescue / Wilderness Medicine  
11Miner's Park Rock Climbing & Rappelling Showers;  
12Homebound Tent City Awards Campfire Showers; Trading Post;  

Tooth of Time Showers; Trading Post;  

Hike in via Tooth Ridge Trail 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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Program opportunities not included on the official itinerary

This list is not complete and is dependent on the route you take each day.
Visit the Villa Philmonte at Trailbound Tent City on day 1
Seton Memorial Library and Philmont Museum at Trailbound Tent City on day 1
Burro Racing at Harlan on day 5 Double Dip
Shotgun shooting/reloading - 12 Gauge at Harlan on day 5 Double Dip
Hike via Hidden Valley / Window Rock at Hunting Lodge on day 6
Mine Tour at Cyphers Mine on day 7
Fishing Opportunities at Phillips Junction on day 9 Double Dip
Climbing Tower at Miner's Park on day 11
Visit the Villa Philmonte at Homebound Tent City on day 12
Seton Memorial Library and Philmont Museum at Homebound Tent City on day 12