Photos needed Back 2021 Trek 12-5 Forward Virtual Tour

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 iconic peaks with great program opportunities along the way. Start out at Lovers Leap Trailhead and receive Ranger training during your stay at Lovers Leap that night. Next, hike through Miners Park and participate in rock climbing before hiking over to the scenic North Fork Urraca campsite. Enjoy the beautiful hike up the North Fork and look for the Grizzly Tooth rock formation! Ultimately, you will reach the post-Civil War encampment at Black Mountain and participate in .58-caliber muzzle loading rifle shooting and blacksmithing before heading to Beaubien for a two-night layover. At Beaubien you will learn all about life on the cattle trail, ride horses, eat a hearty chuckwagon dinner, and listen to the sounds of western music at their campfires. Next, you’ll begin your approach towards Mt. Phillips by spending a night at Comanche Creek camp, but not before you stop by and visit the homestead at Crooked Creek. Get your rest, as you will be hitting two peaks of over 11,000 ft. each the next day! After summitting Mt. Phillips, you will take a short hike to Comanche Peak before finally bedding down for the night. Sawmill is next on your journey, where you will get to experience reloading ammunition, then firing those rounds through their .30-06 rifles. After enjoying the scenic hike through Whistle Punk you’ll meet up with the Conservation Department for some work on a brand-new trail to the top of Cito Peak. Make your way to Lamberts Mine to set up camp, but you’ll want to hike back to Cyphers Mine for their evening musical performance: The Stomp. Next, enjoy a hike down the beautiful Middle Fork to make it to Waite Phillips cabin at Hunting Lodge. Get a tour of the cabin, and spend some time learning from a visiting forester at the Demonstration Forest on your way out the next morning. Your day is not over yet, as you must journey towards your final night on the trail at Shaefers Pass Camp. Get plenty of water at Clarks Fork, as you will need it as you make your ascent to Shaefers Peak and the Tooth of Time. Enjoy the views across the plains to the East, and the beautiful mountains of Philmont to the West, reflecting on the journey you have taken and the challenges you have conquered as a crew. Then, make your way across Tooth Ridge and down into your final destination, Base Camp!

Dry Camps: Comanche Peak; Shaefers Pass;

DayCampProgram FeaturesCampsite Features
1CHQ Trailbound Opening Campfire Commissary; Showers; Trading Post;  
2Lover's Leap Food Pickup @ CHQ TrailboundTrail Camp; (Commissary; Showers; Trading Post; at CHQ Trailbound)


Ranger Training Trail Camp; 


Bus to Lovers Leap TrailheadTrail Camp; 


Bus to Lovers Leap TrailheadTrail Camp; 
3North Fork Urraca Rock Climbing & Rappelling @ Miner's ParkTrail Camp; (Showers; at Miner's Park)


Food Pickup @ Miner's ParkTrail Camp; 
4Beaubien Post Civil War Settlers @ Black MountainShowers (wood stoked);  


Blacksmithing @ Black MountainShowers (wood stoked);  


Muzzle Loading Rifles @ Black MountainShowers (wood stoked);  


Campfire Showers (wood stoked);  
5Beaubien Western Lore / Branding Showers (wood stoked);  


Horse Rides Showers (wood stoked);  


Chuck Wagon Dinner Showers (wood stoked);  


Campfire Showers (wood stoked);  
6Comanche Creek Homesteading @ Crooked CreekTrail Camp; 


Cabin Tour @ Crooked CreekTrail Camp; 


Food Pickup @ Phillips JunctionTrail Camp; (Commissary; Trading Post; Showers; at Phillips Junction)
7Comanche Peak Climb Mount Phillips Trail Camp (Usually dry); 


Climb Comanche Peak Trail Camp (Usually dry); 


Water @ Red HillsTrail Camp (Usually dry); (Trail Camp; at Red Hills)
8Sawmill Food Pickup Showers (wood stoked);  


30-06 Shooting/Reloading Showers (wood stoked);  
9Lamberts Mine Conservation Project @ Cito Peak SiteTrail Camp; 


Gold Mining & Panning @ Cyphers MineTrail Camp; (Showers (wood stoked); at Cyphers Mine)


Mine Tour @ Cyphers MineTrail Camp; 


Campfire @ Cyphers MineTrail Camp; 
10Hunting Lodge Hunting Lodge Tour  


Food Pickup @ Cimarroncito (Showers; at Cimarroncito)
11Shaefers Pass Demonstration Forest @ Demonstration ForestTrail Camp (Usually dry); 


Water @ Clarks ForkTrail Camp (Usually dry); (Showers; at Clarks Fork)
12CHQ Homebound Climb Shaefer's Peak @ Shaefers PassCommissary; Showers; Trading Post;  (Trail Camp (Usually dry); at Shaefers Pass)


Climb Tooth of Time Commissary; Showers; Trading Post;  


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
3Miner's ParkTraverse WallShowers;
4Black MountainHike via North Fork Urraca
5BeaubienClimb Trail PeakShowers (wood stoked);
Hike over Lookout Peak
Cowboy Campfire
6Crooked CreekAnimal Care
Phillips JunctionFishing OpportunitiesCommissary; Trading Post; Showers;
7Comanche PeakSunrise East of Comanche Peak CampTrail Camp (Usually dry);
8SawmillUte Park Pass Hike PrepShowers (wood stoked);
Hike through 2018 Ute Park Fire Zone
9Cyphers MineBlacksmithingShowers (wood stoked);
Stomp
10CimarroncitoRock Climbing & RappellingShowers;
Hike via Hidden Valley / Window Rock
Climbing Gym
Traverse Wall
Hunting LodgeFishing Opportunities
Hike via Hidden Valley / Window Rock
Cabin Tour
11Clarks ForkWestern Lore / BrandingShowers;
Cowboy Campfire
12CHQ HomeboundVisit the Villa PhilmonteCommissary; Showers; Trading Post;
National Scouting Museum
Shaefers PassClimb Tooth of TimeTrail Camp (Usually dry);
This list is not complete and is dependent on the route you take each day.