Photos needed Back 2021 Trek 12-28 Forward Virtual Tour

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


This trek tours Philmont's South Country, neighboring properties and a brand-new backcountry camp. The adventure begins with a bus ride to the Zastrow Trailhead and a hike to the Rayado River trail camp. Stop at Zastrow to practice skills that will benefit you the rest of your trek. Your next day wraps you around Fowler Mesa to Crater Lake where you can live like a logger, climb spar poles and swing a broad axe to make cross ties. Get your rest, a big day of hiking takes you over Fowlers Pass, over Trail Peak, and down the long open meadows to Beaubien. Take a load off and learn western skills like roping and branding before taking the short hike to Phillips Junction. Head to Fish Camp where you can make a fly and try catching a trout in the cold stream, tour Rayado Lodge, and take your first jaunt off of Philmont as you head to Daves Lake camp. Wildlife viewing opportunities abound in the large meadows between here and Garcia Cow Camp, where you will learn about Wildlife Conservation and the famous naturalist and first Chief Scout, Earnest Thompson Seton. The epic views will continue as you hike to Saladon Camp where high mountain lakes and large meadows will give your crew views that many have never seen. Cross back on to Philmont and visit the fur trappers of the Rocky Mountain Fur Co. at Clear Creek to test your skill at tomahawk throwing, then begin your ascent of Mt. Phillips. After a night of rest, head down the mountain towards Sawmill to complete your conservation project and try your hand at reloading and shooting .30-06 rifles. Your next stop brings you to the prospectors and miners at Cyphers Mine. Try your luck in the mine or panning for gold, and enjoy the evening Stomp! On your next leg of your journey, enjoy a tour of Hunting Lodge or stop at the Demonstration Forest on your way to Clarks Fork. Roping, branding, and horse rides after lunch are parts of the program, but the Chuckwagon dinner and campfire is sure to make for a memorable final night. Fill up with water and hit the trail early so you can finish your trek strong with a summit of Shaefers Peak and the famed Tooth of Time. Conjure up your memories from your trek as you hike the ridge down to Base Camp to complete this amazing experience.

Dry Camps: Mt Phillips; Unique Campsite: Dave's Lake; Saladon;

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


Ranger Training Trail Camp; 


Geocaching @ ZastrowTrail Camp; (Showers; at Zastrow)
3Crater Lake Tie making Showers;  


spar pole climbing Showers;  


Campfire Showers;  


New Mexican Homestead @ AbreuShowers;  (Showers; at Abreu)
4Phillips Junction Western Lore / Branding @ BeaubienCommissary; Trading Post; Showers;  (Showers (wood stoked); at Beaubien)
5Dave's Lake Fly Tying @ Fish CampTrail Camp; 


Fishing Opportunities @ Fish CampTrail Camp; 


Rayado Lodge Tour @ Fish CampTrail Camp; 
5Phillips Junction Food Pickup Commissary; Trading Post; Showers;  
6Garcia Cow 3D Archery @ Apache Springs (Commissary; at Apache Springs)


Jicarilla Apache Life @ Apache Springs 


Food Pickup @ Apache Springs 
7Saladon Wildlife Conservation @ Garcia CowTrail Camp; 
8Mt Phillips Tomahawks @ Clear CreekTrail Camp (Usually dry); 


Water @ Clear CreekTrail Camp (Usually dry); 


Rocky Mountain Fur Company @ Clear CreekTrail Camp (Usually dry); 
9Sawmill Climb Comanche Peak Showers (wood stoked);  


Conservation Project Showers (wood stoked);  


30-06 Shooting/Reloading Showers (wood stoked);  


Food Pickup Showers (wood stoked);  
10Cyphers Mine Campfire Showers (wood stoked);  


Gold Mining & Panning Showers (wood stoked);  


Blacksmithing Showers (wood stoked);  


Mine Tour Showers (wood stoked);  
11Clarks Fork Campfire Showers;  


Chuck Wagon Dinner Showers;  


Western Lore / Branding Showers;  


Horse Rides Showers;  


Hunting Lodge Tour @ Hunting LodgeShowers;  


Demonstration Forest @ Demonstration ForestShowers;  
12CHQ Homebound Awards Campfire Commissary; Showers; Trading Post;  


Climb Shaefer's Peak Commissary; Showers; Trading Post;  


Climb Tooth of Time Commissary; Showers; Trading Post;  


Hike in via Tooth Ridge Trail 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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DayCampPotential Additional Program FeaturesCampsite Features
2CHQ TrailboundVisit the Villa PhilmonteCommissary; Showers; Trading Post;
National Scouting Museum
ZastrowLand Navigation / GPS TechnologyShowers;
Dutch Oven Dessert
Rededication to Scouting
Woodbadge Museum
ATV Rider Course
3Crater LakeContinental Tie & LumberShowers;
Hike over Fowler Mesa
AbreuCantinaShowers;
Homesteading
4BeaubienClimb Trail PeakShowers (wood stoked);
Hike over Lookout Peak
Cowboy Campfire
5Phillips JunctionFishing OpportunitiesCommissary; Trading Post; Showers;
6Apache SpringsSweat LodgeCommissary;
Corn Grinding
Sporting Arrows
7Garcia CowErnest T Seton History
8Clear CreekMuzzle Loading Rifles
Climb Mount Phillips
9SawmillUte Park Pass Hike PrepShowers (wood stoked);
Hike through 2018 Ute Park Fire Zone
10Cyphers MineStompShowers (wood stoked);
11Clarks ForkCowboy CampfireShowers;
Hunting LodgeFishing Opportunities
Hike via Hidden Valley / Window Rock
Cabin Tour
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.