Photos needed Back 2021 Trek 12-3 Forward Virtual Tour

Challenging; Approximately 53 miles; Maps required: North; No KMZ data available

This challenging itinerary will have you hiking through some of the most scenic parts of the North Country with many great program opportunities. You will start your trek off with a bus to the Cimarroncita Trailhead and pass through Cimarroncita Camp for Hunter Education and Laser Shooting Range program. You'll spend your first night on the trail at Cimarron River Camp, where your Ranger will continue your Ranger training. Then, shoot towards your next destination, Santa Claus. This is one of our newly reopened staff camps, where you will enjoy 12 gauge shotgun shooting and reloading. After a night enjoying the stars at Elkhorn, you’ll journey to Ponil where you get the full western experience, ride horses, and participate in one of Philmont’s coolest programs: Cowboy Action Shooting! After a hearty chuckwagon dinner and a night of enjoying root beer at the Ponil Cantina Show, you will hike over to Metcalf Station to work on the railroad. From here, you’ll hike to Dan Beard to work on team building skills on their challenge course. Hiking over Wilson Mesa on the next leg of your journey will be a special treat as you make your way to Pueblano Ruins trail camp. Take the short hike to Pueblano for the Continental Tie and Lumber Co. campfire and watch the loggers have their company meeting that evening. The next day gets you closer to the pinnacle of your trek… Baldy Mountain. Be sure to enjoy the mining history of the area during your visit to Baldy Town for your food pickup. You’ll have a layover at Azurite, a brand new trail camp, where you will then summit Baldy from Copper Park! Your last day on the trail will bring you through the Mountain Man Rendezvous at Miranda. Throw a few tomahawks, shoot some muzzle loading rifles, then make your way down to the Maxwell Trailhead for your bus. Next stop… Base Camp!

Dry Camps: Azunite; Azunite; Unique Campsite: Azunite;

DayCampProgram FeaturesCampsite Features
1CHQ Trailbound Opening Campfire Commissary; Showers; Trading Post;  
2Cimarron River Ranger Training Trail Camp; 

Food Pickup @ CHQ TrailboundTrail Camp; (Commissary; Showers; Trading Post; at CHQ Trailbound)

Bus to Ute Park TrailheadTrail Camp; 

Hunter Education & Laser Range @ CimarroncitaTrail Camp; 
3Santa Claus 12 Gauge Shotgun shooting/reloading -  
4ElkhornTrail Camp; 
5Ponil Conservation Project Commissary; Trading Post; Showers;  

Cowboy Action Shooting Commissary; Trading Post; Showers;  

Chuck Wagon Dinner Commissary; Trading Post; Showers;  

Cantina Commissary; Trading Post; Showers;  

Food Pickup Commissary; Trading Post; Showers;  
6Metcalf Station Horse Rides @ Ponil (Commissary; Trading Post; Showers; at Ponil)

Western Lore / Branding @ Ponil 



7Dan Beard Challenge Events Low Impact Camp;  
8Pueblano Ruins Tie making @ PueblanoTrail Camp; 

Campfire @ PueblanoTrail Camp; 
9Azunite Mining History @ Baldy TownTrail Camp (Usually dry); (Commissary; Trading Post; Showers; at Baldy Town)

Assaying @ Baldy TownTrail Camp (Usually dry); 

Food Pickup @ Baldy TownTrail Camp (Usually dry); 
10Azunite Water @ Copper ParkTrail Camp (Usually dry); (Trail Camp; at Copper Park)

Climb Baldy Mountain @ Baldy TownTrail Camp (Usually dry); (Commissary; Trading Post; Showers; at Baldy Town)
11Miranda Mountain Man Rendezvous  


Muzzle Loading Rifles  
12CHQ Homebound Awards Campfire Commissary; Showers; Trading Post;  

Hike to Maxwell TrailheadCommissary; 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
Cimarroncita3D Archery
Ute Park Pass Hike Prep
Hike through 2018 Ute Park Fire Zone
6PonilCantinaCommissary; Trading Post; Showers;
Cantina Show
Climb Hart Peak
Cowboy Action Shooting
Metcalf StationMorse Code
7Dan BeardLeave No Trace TrainingLow Impact Camp;
8PueblanoContinental Tie & Lumber
spar pole climbing
10Baldy TownTour Historic Baldy TownCommissary; Trading Post; Showers;
Mining History
Copper ParkClimb Baldy MountainTrail Camp;
11MirandaClimb Baldy Mountain
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.