Photos needed Back 2022 Trek 12-6 Forward Virtual Tour

Rugged; Approximately 63 miles; Maps required: north; No KMZ data available

Trek History: New as 12-6 in 2020; 12-6 in 2021-22

This exciting trek offers a variety of great program elements, as well as a chance to summit Philmont's highest peak. Your adventure begins at Six-Mile Gate Trailhead with a short hike to McBride Canyon camp, setting you up for easy access to Hart Peak the next morning. The North Ponil is a timeline in history as you make your way to see the petroglyphs and archeological sites at Indian Writings. Head up to canyon to work on the railroad and in the forge at Metcalf Station and enjoy the brand new depot! Be ready to face the challenges presented by the facilitators at Dan Beard as they run your crew through a series of elements designed to build teamwork. You’ll work your way down Horse Canyon to grab some more commissary goods at Ponil before heading to your trail camp at Dean Skyline...enjoy tremendous views all the way to Colorado! Shoot over to the newly reopened Santa Claus Camp where you can load your own 12-gauge Shotgun shells and then head to the range and test your shooting skills. Your stop at Black Horse Creek Camp will be focused on exploring the mining history of the area and hiking Philmont's highest peak: Baldy Mountain. After your morning summit of Baldy, you’ll head to Miranda to partake in the Fur Trapper Rendezvous. Have fun learning to throw tomahawks, shoot Muzzle Loading Rifles, then set up camp so you can be ready to meet and receive your own burro the next morning. You'll learn how to pack them properly before hiking with them to your next stop Baldy Skyline, which offers a view of the peak you just conquered and is where you will complete your conservation project. The next day will take you to the loggers of the Continental Tie and Lumber Co. at Pueblano. Here you can climb spar poles and make rail ties before ending the day with an exciting campfire “Company Meeting”. Take good care of your burro, he will help get you down to Ponil. Feel what it was like to be in an old west town, take aim at the Cowboy Action Shooting range and enjoy a hearty Chuck Wagon dinner. Celebrate with a cold root beer and prepare for the raucous Cantina Show to top off the day! Your last morning will have you riding horses before hiking to the Ponil Trailhead, where a short bus ride returns you to Base Camp to celebrate your adventure before heading home.

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."

Unique Campsite: McBride Canyon; Black Horse Creek;

DayCampProgram FeaturesCampsite Features
1CHQ Trailbound Opening Campfire Commissary; Showers; Trading Post;  
2McBride Canyon Water @ PonilTrail Camp; (Commissary; Trading Post; Showers; at Ponil)

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

Bus to Six Mile GateTrail Camp; 

Ranger Training Trail Camp; 
3Metcalf Station Petroglyphs Tour @ Indian Writings (Showers; at Indian Writings)


Climb Hart Peak  


4Dan Beard Challenge Events Low Impact Camp;  
5Dean Skyline Food Pickup @ PonilTrail Camp; (Commissary; Trading Post; Showers; at Ponil)

Water @ South Ponil CreekTrail Camp; 
6Santa Claus 12 Gauge Shotgun shooting/reloading  
7Black Horse Creek Mountain Man Rendezvous @ MirandaTrail Camp; 
7Miranda Muzzle Loading Rifles  

8Miranda Assaying @ Baldy Town (Commissary; Trading Post; Showers; at Baldy Town)

Mining History @ Baldy Town 

Climb Baldy Mountain @ Black Horse (Trail Camp; at Black Horse)
9Baldy Skyline Conservation Project Trail Camp; 

Pick Up Burros @ MirandaTrail Camp; 
10Pueblano Crosscut Saws / Tie making  

spar pole climbing  

11Sioux Return Burros @ PonilTrail Camp; (Commissary; Trading Post; Showers; at Ponil)

Western Lore / Branding @ PonilTrail Camp; 

Cantina @ PonilTrail Camp; 

Cowboy Action Shooting @ PonilTrail Camp; 

Chuck Wagon Dinner @ PonilTrail Camp; 

Cantina Show @ PonilTrail Camp; 

Food Pickup @ PonilTrail Camp; 
12CHQ Homebound Horse Rides @ PonilCommissary; Showers; Trading Post;  (Commissary; Trading Post; Showers; at Ponil)

Awards Campfire Commissary; Showers; Trading Post;  

Hike to Ponil TrailheadCommissary; 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
2Six Mile GateTyrannosaurus Rex Track
CHQ TrailboundVisit the Villa PhilmonteCommissary; Showers; Trading Post;
National Scouting Museum
3Indian WritingsArchaeologyShowers;
Atl Atl Darts
Metcalf StationMorse Code
4Dan BeardLeave No Trace TrainingLow Impact Camp;
8Baldy TownClimb Baldy MountainCommissary; Trading Post; Showers;
Tour Historic Baldy Town
9MirandaMuzzle Loading Rifles
Mountain Man Rendezvous
Climb Baldy Mountain
10PueblanoContinental Tie & Lumber
12PonilCantinaCommissary; Trading Post; Showers;
Western Lore / Branding
Cantina Show
Climb Hart Peak
Cowboy Action Shooting
CHQ 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.