Photos needed Back 2022 Trek 12-35 Forward Virtual Tour

Super Strenuous; Approximately 86 miles; Maps required: north; No KMZ data available

Trek History: New as 34 in 2014; 34 in 2015-18; 35 in 2019; 12-35 in 2020-22

This MOUNTAINTOP trek will give your crew an opportunity to climb 12,441 ft. Baldy Mountain and 12,584 ft. Little Costilla Peak (July & August Crews ONLY). Begin by hiking to Flume Canyon and Pueblano. Climb spar poles and enjoy the Company Meeting Campfire with the loggers of the Continental Tie & Lumber Company. On the hike to Baldy Town to pick up food, spend some time in French Henry to mine for gold, blacksmith, and explore the Aztec Mine, and then ultimately down to Copper Park. Wake up early and hike to the ridge, where you will hang bear bags and day hike rugged Baldy Mountain before camping at Greenwood Canyon for the night. Enjoy waking up in the cool canyon and continue to Little Costilla Low Impact Camp where you will prepare for another mountain challenge. In June, explore the Shuree Cabin and Shuree Ponds sites. (Little Costilla is closed to the public for elk calving season in June.) The cabin is a historic recreation of a cabin that existed there in the early 1900s. LA Times newspaper baron Harry Chandler used to bring silent film stars of the era to this cabin, and Shuree Ponds was the site of the Penzoil Corporation’s retreat facilities, prior to the land being donated to the US Forest Service. In July and August, enjoy the challenge of climbing Little Costilla Peak! Continue your trek to Windy Gap and safely navigate east down the ridge to Ring Place. Enjoy the astronomy program under some of the darkest skies in the United States. Continue to Dan Beard for some team building challenge events and spend the night in Cook Canyon. Wake up early and head east until you hear the pinging of mauls driving rail spikes echo off the canyon walls at Metcalf Station. Once you are done building a railroad, head off to Indian Writings where you can check out the Ancestral Puebloan petroglyphs from 1300 CE. Your last night on the trail brings you to Chase Cow so you can enjoy their rock-climbing and bouldering programs, and maybe play a little “Cow Ball”, too! Once you make it to the trailhead, be sure to take a tour of the historic Chase Ranch House, it is full of amazing artifacts and history! Next stop… Base Camp!

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."

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

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

Bus to Ponil TrailheadTrail Camp; 
3Pueblano Continental Tie & Lumber  

spar pole climbing  

4Copper Park Assaying @ Baldy TownTrail Camp; (Commissary; Trading Post; Showers; at Baldy Town)

Food Pickup @ Baldy TownTrail Camp; 

Mine Tour @ French HenryTrail Camp; 

Gold Mining & Panning @ French HenryTrail Camp; 

Blacksmithing @ French HenryTrail Camp; 
5Greenwood Canyon Climb Baldy Mountain Low Impact Camp; Trail Camp; 

Low Impact Camping Low Impact Camp; Trail Camp; 
6Little Costilla Low Impact Camping Low Impact Camp;  
7Little Costilla Side Hike Little Costilla and/or Ash Mountain Low Impact Camp;  
8Ring Place Conservation Project Commissary; Low Impact Camp;  

Astronomy Commissary; Low Impact Camp;  

Food Pickup Commissary; Low Impact Camp;  

Folk Weather Forecasting Commissary; Low Impact Camp;  
9Cook Canyon Challenge Events @ Dan BeardTrail Camp; (Low Impact Camp; at Dan Beard)

Search & Rescue / Wilderness Medicine @ Seally CanyonTrail Camp; (Low Impact Camp; at Seally Canyon)
10Indian Writings Archaeology Showers;  

Petroglyphs Tour Showers;  

Climb Hart Peak Showers;  

Atl Atl Darts Showers;  
11Chase Cow Rock Climbing & Rappelling  

12CHQ Homebound Awards Campfire Commissary; Showers; Trading Post;  

Hike to Chase TrailheadCommissary; Showers; Trading Post;  

Tour Historic Chase Ranch @ Chase RanchCommissary; 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
3PueblanoCrosscut Saws / Tie making
4Baldy TownClimb Baldy MountainCommissary; Trading Post; Showers;
Tour Historic Baldy Town
Mining History
7Little CostillaSide Hike Ash MountainLow Impact Camp;
8Ring PlaceHistoric HomesteadCommissary; Low Impact Camp;
Side Hike to McCrystal Creek Ruins
9Dan BeardLeave No Trace TrainingLow Impact Camp;
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.