Photos needed Back 2022 Trek 12-4 Forward Virtual Tour

Challenging; Approximately 56 miles; Maps required: south; No KMZ data available

Trek History: New as 12-4 in 2020; 12-4 in 2021-22

This challenging itinerary will take you to some of the South Country’s most scenic camps with excellent mountain top experiences, a plethora of evening campfires, and great program opportunities along the way. You will start your itinerary by hiking out of base camp to spend the night at one of Philmont’s newest trail camps, Heck Meadow. Enjoy the beautiful sunrise before hiking for a quick visit with the forester at the Demonstration Forest but move quickly to Cimarroncito so you can get scheduled for rock climbing! Your next day takes you to on a nice hike up to Thunder Ridge. If you like, you can make a stop at Cyphers Mine to try your luck at panning for gold or take a mine tour! The next day, your crew will climb over Comanche Peak on your way to your summit of Mount Phillips. Enjoy the wonderful views on top of Philmont's second highest peak, then hike down and visit the Rocky Mountain Fur Co. at Clear Creek for some tomahawks and muzzle loading rifles. Say hello to the homesteaders at Crooked Creek as you head to the scenic and tranquil Porcupine camp along the banks of Rayado Creek before heading to Beaubien for a layover for the next two days. While at Beaubien, your crew will enjoy seeing what life was like for the cowboys of the old west. Here you can go horseback riding, eat a chuckwagon dinner, and listen to western music at the campfire program in the evening. They have two different shows, catch them both! The next day takes you over Trail Peak at 10,250 ft. above sea level and the site of a B24 plane crash before you hike down to Bear Caves for the evening. Your crew should hike back to Crater Lake that evening for the Continental Tie and Lumber Company’s company meeting campfire with the iconic view of Tooth Ridge as the backdrop. Your crew will enjoy the challenge course of Urraca and their evening campfire the following day before hiking on to Tooth Ridge for your last night in the backcountry. After summitting your final challenge, the famous Tooth of Time, your final stop is right in front of you… 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."

Dry Camps: Heck Meadow; Thunder Ridge; Tooth Ridge; Unique Campsite: Thunder Ridge;

DayCampProgram FeaturesCampsite Features
1CHQ Trailbound Opening Campfire Commissary; Showers; Trading Post;  
2Heck Meadow Water @ CHQ TrailboundTrail Camp (Usually dry); (Commissary; Showers; Trading Post; at CHQ Trailbound)

Ranger Training @ ArrowheadTrail Camp (Usually dry); (Trail Camp; at Arrowhead)

Hike Out from CHQ Trail Camp (Usually dry); 

Food Pickup @ CHQ TrailboundTrail Camp (Usually dry); 
3Cimarroncito Demonstration Forest @ Hunting LodgeShowers;  

Rock Climbing & Rappelling Showers;  

Food Pickup Showers;  
4Thunder Ridge Water @ Cyphers MineTrail Camp (Always dry); (Showers (wood stoked); at Cyphers Mine)

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

Mine Tour @ Cyphers MineTrail Camp (Always dry); 
5Clear Creek Tomahawks  

Climb Comanche Peak  

Climb Mount Phillips  

Rocky Mountain Fur Company  

6Porcupine Muzzle Loading Rifles @ Clear CreekTrail Camp; 

Homesteading @ Crooked CreekTrail Camp; 
7Beaubien Food Pickup @ Phillips JunctionShowers (wood stoked);  (Commissary; Trading Post; Showers; at Phillips Junction)

Western Lore / Branding Showers (wood stoked);  

Chuck Wagon Dinner Showers (wood stoked);  

Campfire Showers (wood stoked);  
8Beaubien Conservation Project Showers (wood stoked);  

Horse Rides Showers (wood stoked);  

Campfire Showers (wood stoked);  
9Bear Caves Crosscut Saws / Tie making @ Crater LakeTrail Camp; (Showers; at Crater Lake)

Campfire @ Crater LakeTrail Camp; 
10Urraca Challenge Events  

11Tooth Ridge Sunrise at Inspiration Point @ UrracaTrail Camp (Always dry); 

Water @ StockadeTrail Camp (Always dry); 
12CHQ Homebound Climb Tooth of Time @ Tooth RidgeCommissary; Showers; Trading Post;  (Trail Camp (Always dry); at Tooth Ridge)

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
3CimarroncitoHike via Hidden Valley / Window RockShowers;
Climbing Gym
Traverse Wall
Hunting LodgeFishing Opportunities
Hunting Lodge Tour
Hike via Hidden Valley / Window Rock
Cabin Tour
4Cyphers MineBlacksmithingShowers (wood stoked);
6Clear CreekRocky Mountain Fur Company
Climb Mount Phillips
Crooked CreekCabin Tour
Animal Care
7Phillips JunctionFishing OpportunitiesCommissary; Trading Post; Showers;
8BeaubienWestern Lore / BrandingShowers (wood stoked);
Climb Trail Peak
Climb Lookout Peak
Cowboy Campfire
9Crater LakeContinental Tie & LumberShowers;
Hike over Fowler Mesa
spar pole climbing
UrracaChallenge Events
High Ropes Instruction & Advanced Challenge Scenarios
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.