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Photos needed Back 2016 Trek 30 Forward Virtual Tour

Strenuous; Approximately 89 miles; Maps required: North, South

This trek will give your crew an opportunity to camp at Philmont's newest staff camp… Metcalf Station! Climb tall peaks, hike over Wilson Mesa, and see the sunrise from Comanche Peak! Start your trek by hiking over Lovers Leap. Climb spar poles and cut cross ties with the Continental Tie and Lumber Company at Crater Lake before camping at beautiful Lower Bonito! Hike down to Fish Camp to tour Waite Phillips Fishing Lodge. Walk the banks of the Rayado all the way up to Porcupine and make your way to Crooked Creek for the night, where you'll be able to relax underneath huge Douglas Fir trees. Next, view Wheeler Peak and the Moreno Valley from the top of Mt. Phillips before stopping at Comanche Peak for the night. Be sure to wake up early and hike just to the east of Comanche Peak Camp, where you will be able to view one of the best sunrises the southwest has to offer. Shoot .30.06 rifles and enjoy the beautiful hike down cool Sawmill and Grouse Canyons on your way to Devils Wash Basin. Begin your journey to the North Country and hike up Bear Canyon on your way to Santa Claus. Work together to succeed on the challenge course at Head of Dean. Then, booming .50 caliber black powder rifles will beckon you to Miranda where you will spend two days. Summit rugged Baldy Mountain and visit historic Baldy Town on your layover day and work with the Conservation Department on a trail project near Baldy Skyline the following day. Enjoy the hike over Wilson Mesa to Rich Cabins for evening music and stories of homesteading in the old west. Your last night will be at Metcalf Station where railroading, morse code, and blacksmithing come to life. Tour the fascinating petroglyphs left by the ancient Ancestral Puebloan people around 1300 CE at Indian Writings. Cap off your trek by seeing the world’s only confirmed T-Rex track … it's right here in the North Ponil Valley! Next stop… Base Camp!

Dry Camps: Comanche Peak; Devils Wash Basin;

CampProgram FeaturesCampsite Features
1Trailbound Tent City Opening Campfire @ Trail Canyon TurnaroundCommissary; Trading Post;  
2Lover's Leap Hike via Lovers Leap Trail Camp; 

Ranger Training Trail Camp; 

Bus to Lovers Leap TurnaroundTrail Camp; 
3Lower Bonito Continental Tie & Lumber @ Crater LakeTrail Camp; (Showers; at Crater Lake)
4Crooked Creek Homesteading  

Fly Tying @ Fish Camp 

Fishing Lodge Tour @ Fish Camp 

Fishing Opportunities @ Fish Camp 

Food Pickup @ Phillips Junction (Commissary; Trading Post; Showers; at Phillips Junction)
5Comanche Peak Hike over Comanche Peak Trail Camp (Usually dry); 

Hike over Mount Phillips Trail Camp (Usually dry); 

Water @ Red HillsTrail Camp (Usually dry); (Trail Camp; at Red Hills)
6Devils Wash Basin Sunrise East of Comanche Peak Camp @ Comanche PeakTrail Camp (Always dry); (Trail Camp (Usually dry); at Comanche Peak)

Shooting/Reloading - .30-06 @ SawmillTrail Camp (Always dry); (Showers (wood stoked); at Sawmill)

Conservation @ SawmillTrail Camp (Always dry); 

Food Pickup @ Ute Gulch CommissaryTrail Camp (Always dry); (Commissary; Trading Post; at Ute Gulch Commissary)

Water @ Ute Gulch CommissaryTrail Camp (Always dry); 
7Santa ClausTrail Camp; 
8Miranda Challenge Events @ Head of Dean 

Mountain Man Rendezvous  

Muzzle Loading Rifles  
9Miranda Food Pickup @ Baldy Town (Commissary; Trading Post; Showers; at Baldy Town)

Tour Historic Baldy Town @ Baldy Town 

Side Hike Baldy Mountain @ Black Horse (Trail Camp; at Black Horse)
10Rich Cabins Evening Campfire Commissary; Low Impact Camp;  

Homesteading Commissary; Low Impact Camp;  
11Metcalf Station Food Pickup @ Rich Cabins (Commissary; Low Impact Camp; at Rich Cabins)

Evening Campfire  



Morse Code  
12Homebound Tent City Tour Petroglyphs @ Indian WritingsShowers; Trading Post;  (Showers; at Indian Writings)

atlatl @ Indian WritingsShowers; Trading Post;  

Hike to Six Mile GateShowers; Trading Post;  

Tyrannosaurus Rex Track @ Six Mile GateShowers; Trading Post;  

Awards Campfire 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.
Fishing Opportunities at Phillips Junction on day 4
Side Hike Baldy Mountain at Miranda on day 8 Double Dip
Side Hike Baldy Mountain at Baldy Town on day 9
Homesteading at Rich Cabins on day 11 Double Dip
Leave No Trace Camping at Rich Cabins on day 11
Archaeology at Indian Writings on day 12
Visit the Villa Philmonte at Homebound Tent City on day 12
Seton Memorial Library and Philmont Museum at Homebound Tent City on day 12