Back 2022 Trek 12-25 Forward

Strenuous; Approximately 66 miles; Maps required: south; No KMZ data available

Trek History: New as 12-25 in 2020; 12-25 in 2021-22

This trek follows rushing streams, discovers mountain meadows, and traverses lofty peaks across Philmont’s South and Central Country. You will start your trek with a hike out of Base Camp to Magpie, one of Philmont's newest trail camps. Break camp early in the morning so the crew can try some Challenge Course activities at Urraca, then up and over the mesa for your stop at Abreu for a cool root beer and Mexican Dinner that night. Hike west to The Notch and enjoy the overlook of Rayado and Bonito Canyons. Stellar views of Rayado, Crater, and Lookout Peaks will then be seen from the south side of the canyon as you continue to Fish Camp. Enjoy fishing the same banks of the Rayado and Agua Fria Creeks as Waite Phillips. From there, your crew will enjoy time in some of the most pristine country the Southwest has to offer at Apache Springs. You will learn about the Jicarilla Apache and test your archery skills on our sporting arrows range. Enjoy the sweat lodge before hiking to Garcia Cow Camp, one of Philmont’s newest camps. Your hike to and stay at Wild Horse is guaranteed to be memorable, as it is one of our most beautiful trail camps. Next, the mountain men of the Rocky Mountain Fur Co. await you at Clear Creek before the challenging hike up Mt. Phillips and Comanche Peak. The hike will be tough but seeing the sunrise from Comanche Peak Camp will be an unparalleled reward. Next, head on to Sawmill and Shoot .30-06 rifles using cartridges you reload yourself. Enjoy a stop at Cyphers Mine to pan for gold, and blacksmith or tour the Contention Mine before staying the night in a muckshack. Make your way down to Webster Parks for your Conservation Project, to Cimarroncito for resupply, then to Hunting Lodge for a quick stop along the way to Clark’s Fork. Fill up on the chuckwagon dinner and have fun at the campfire, but get some rest before ascending the Tooth of Time and hiking along Tooth Ridge into Base Camp on your last day on the trail!

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."

Dry Camps: Magpie; Tooth Ridge;
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DayCampProgram FeaturesCampsite Features
1CHQ Trailbound Opening Campfire Commissary; Showers; Trading Post;  
2Magpie Food Pickup @ CHQ TrailboundTrail Camp (Usually dry); (Commissary; Showers; Trading Post; at CHQ Trailbound)

Hike Out from CHQ  

Ranger Training  
3Abreu Challenge Events @ UrracaShowers;  

New Mexican Homestead  
4Fish Camp Rayado Lodge Tour  

Fly Tying  

Fishing Opportunities  
5Apache Springs Jicarilla Apache Life Commissary;  

3D Archery  

Food Pickup  
6Wild Horse Sweat Lodge @ Apache SpringsTrail Camp; (Commissary; at Apache Springs)

Wildlife Conservation @ Garcia Cow
7Comanche Creek Tomahawks @ Clear CreekTrail Camp; 

Water @ Clear Creek 

Rocky Mountain Fur Company @ Clear Creek 
8Sawmill 30-06 Shooting/Reloading Showers (wood stoked);  

Food Pickup  
9Cyphers Mine Gold Mining & Panning Showers (wood stoked);  


Mine Tour  
10Clarks Fork Western Lore / Branding Showers;  


Chuck Wagon Dinner  

Horse Rides  

Conservation Project @ Webster Parks
11Tooth Ridge Water @ Clarks ForkTrail Camp (Always dry); (Showers; at Clarks Fork)

Climb Shaefer's Peak  
12CHQ Homebound Awards Campfire Commissary; Showers; Trading Post;  

Climb Tooth of Time  

Hike in via Tooth Ridge Trail  
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
2CHQ TrailboundVisit the Villa PhilmonteCommissary; Showers; Trading Post;
National Scouting Museum
3UrracaHigh Ropes Instruction & Advanced Challenge Scenarios
Sunrise at Inspiration Point
6Apache Springs3D ArcheryCommissary;
Jicarilla Apache Life
Corn Grinding
Sporting Arrows
Tipi Tour
Garcia CowErnest T Seton History
7Clear CreekMuzzle Loading Rifles
Climb Mount Phillips
8SawmillUte Park Pass Hike PrepShowers (wood stoked);
Hike through 2018 Ute Park Fire Zone
9Cyphers MineStompShowers (wood stoked);
10Webster ParksCrew Based Challenge Initiatives
11Clarks ForkWestern Lore / BrandingShowers;
Cowboy Campfire
Tooth RidgeClimb Tooth of TimeTrail Camp (Always dry);
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.