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Challenging; Approximately 54 miles; Maps required: south; No KMZ data available

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 off at Webster Trailhead before spending 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 rockclimbing! Your next day takes you to Thunder Ridge along the scenic North Fork of the Cimarroncito Creek trail. 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!

Dry Camps: Heck Meadow; Thunder Ridge; Tooth 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)

Hike out from CHQ Trail Camp (Usually dry); 

Ranger Training Trail Camp (Usually dry); 

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

Rock Climbing & Rappelling Showers;  

Food Pickup Showers;  
4Thunder Ridge Gold Mining & Panning @ Cyphers MineTrail Camp (Always dry); (Showers (wood stoked); at Cyphers Mine)

Mine Tour @ Cyphers MineTrail Camp (Always dry); 
5Clear Creek Climb Comanche Peak  

Climb Mount Phillips  
5Porcupine Rocky Mountain Fur Company @ Clear CreekTrail Camp; 
5Clear Creek Tomahawks  
6Clear Creek Muzzle Loading Rifles  
6Porcupine Tomahawks @ Clear CreekTrail Camp; 

Homesteading @ Crooked 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 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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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
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
Hike over 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.