Photos needed Back 2022 Trek 12-26 Forward Virtual Tour

Strenuous; Approximately 63 miles; Maps required: south; No KMZ data available

Trek History: New as 26 in 2019; 12-26 in 2020-22

This itinerary highlights much of the South, including high peaks and frequent opportunities for wildlife viewing. Take the short bus ride to the Webster Trailhead and hike to Arrowhead trail camp in the shadow of the iconic Tooth of Time. Your Ranger will train you on skills you will need for the rest of your adventure before taking you through Clarks Fork and up to Cimarroncito, where you can try out some climbing on natural rock formations. Cyphers Mine is up next, where you can tour the Contention Mine, practice blacksmithing, gold panning and enjoy the famous Stomp. Begin your tour of Philmont's peaks with a hike to Comanche Peak. Get your rest, enjoy the sunrise, and then tackle the highest peak in Philmont's South Country, Mount Phillips. On the way down, visit the fur trappers at Clear Creek for a tomahawk throwing competition before following the Rayado River to visit the Crooked Creek homestead. Your next day will take you through Apache Springs for 3D archery and a tipi tour before continuing to Lost Cabin trail camp. Hit the trail early to allow plenty of time to tour Rayado Lodge at Fish Camp and try to catch a trout in the Rayado and Agua Fria Rivers. After traversing the ridge trail high above the Rayado, a Search and Rescue mission awaits your crew at Carson Meadows. Tend to the chickens and goats at Abreu, and reward yourselves with a cold root beer at the cantina before heading to Bear Caves trail camp. Visit with the loggers of the Continental Tie & Lumber Co. and try out their crosscut saws and broad-axes. Look for the Tooth of Time as you make your way to Miners Park, where you can check out their amazing climbing gym, under the guidance of Philmont's trained staff. Tooth Ridge is your next destination for the breathtaking view from atop the Tooth of Time. Take a few minutes to look back over how far your crew has come in the past 10 days before heading down the ridgeline to Base Camp on your last day to end this amazing adventure.

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: Comanche Peak; Tooth Ridge; Unique Campsite: Arrowhead;

DayCampProgram FeaturesCampsite Features
1CHQ Trailbound Opening Campfire Commissary; Showers; Trading Post;  
2Arrowhead Food Pickup @ CHQ TrailboundTrail Camp; (Commissary; Showers; Trading Post; at CHQ Trailbound)


Bus to Webster TrailheadTrail Camp; 


Ranger Training Trail Camp; 
3Cimarroncito Rock Climbing & Rappelling Showers;  


Western Lore / Branding @ Clarks ForkShowers;  (Showers; at Clarks Fork)
4Cyphers Mine Food Pickup @ CimarroncitoShowers (wood stoked);  (Showers; at Cimarroncito)


Campfire Showers (wood stoked);  


Mine Tour Showers (wood stoked);  


Hunting Lodge Tour @ Hunting LodgeShowers (wood stoked);  
5Comanche Peak Water @ Cyphers MineTrail Camp (Usually dry); (Showers (wood stoked); at Cyphers Mine)


Gold Mining & Panning @ Cyphers MineTrail Camp (Usually dry); 


Blacksmithing @ Cyphers MineTrail Camp (Usually dry); 
6Crooked Creek Rocky Mountain Fur Company @ Clear Creek 


Tomahawks @ Clear Creek 


Climb Mount Phillips  


Climb Comanche Peak  
7Lost Cabin 3D Archery @ Apache SpringsTrail Camp; (Commissary; at Apache Springs)


Food Pickup @ Apache SpringsTrail Camp; 


Jicarilla Apache Life @ Apache SpringsTrail Camp; 


Homesteading @ Crooked CreekTrail Camp; 
8Carson Meadows Rayado Lodge Tour @ Fish Camp 


Fishing Opportunities @ Fish Camp 
9Bear Caves Cabin Tour @ AbreuTrail Camp; (Showers; at Abreu)


New Mexican Homestead @ AbreuTrail Camp; 


Cantina @ AbreuTrail Camp; 


Search & Rescue / Wilderness Medicine @ Carson MeadowsTrail Camp; 
10Miner's Park Crosscut Saws / Tie making @ Crater LakeShowers;  (Showers; at Crater Lake)


Food Pickup Showers;  


Conservation Project Showers;  


Traverse Wall Showers;  
11Tooth Ridge Water @ StockadeTrail Camp (Always dry); 
12CHQ Homebound Climb Tooth of Time Commissary; Showers; Trading Post;  


Hike in via Tooth Ridge Trail Commissary; Showers; Trading Post;  


Awards Campfire Commissary; 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
3Clarks ForkCowboy CampfireShowers;
4CimarroncitoRock Climbing & RappellingShowers;
Hike via Hidden Valley / Window Rock
Climbing Gym
Traverse Wall
Hunting LodgeFishing Opportunities
Hike via Hidden Valley / Window Rock
Cabin Tour
5Cyphers MineStompShowers (wood stoked);
Mine Tour
6Clear CreekMuzzle Loading Rifles
Climb Mount Phillips
7Apache SpringsSweat LodgeCommissary;
Corn Grinding
Sporting Arrows
Tipi Tour
Flintknapping
Crooked CreekCabin Tour
Animal Care
8Fish CampFly Tying
9AbreuHomesteadingShowers;
10Crater LakeContinental Tie & LumberShowers;
Hike over Fowler Mesa
spar pole climbing
Miner's ParkRock Climbing & RappellingShowers;
Crate Stacking
11StockadeCOPE
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.