Back 2022 Trek 12-8 Forward

Challenging; Approximately 55 miles; Maps required: south; No KMZ data available

Trek History: New as 12-8 in 2020; 12-8 in 2021-22

This challenging trek will take your crew on a program filled loop through Philmont’s South Country. You will spend your first night on the trail at Lovers Leap Camp before hiking to Miners Park to enjoy rock climbing and rappelling. Visit the Continental Tie and Lumber Company at Crater Lake on your way to spend the evening on the edge of the glorious Lower Bonito Meadow. Tour Fish Camp to discover why Waite Phillips enjoyed spending so much time there before you head to Lost Cabins. The next morning, pick up food and learn about the Jicarilla Apache at Apache Springs and try some 3D Archery. From Apache you will head to the off the beaten path homestead at Crooked Creek. Check out the cabin built by hand and help take care of the various animals and important daily life tasks. Your next morning takes you to Wild Horse Creek for the night. Next, be sure to visit the Rocky Mountain Fur Co. before climbing Mt. Phillips and camping below the peak at the highest trail camp at Philmont. The next day, hike to Cyphers Mine to tour the historic Contention Mine and enjoy the evening Stomp. In the morning you will head down Cimarroncito Creek to see one of Waite Phillips’ other beautiful cabins, then pick up food at Cimarroncito. If you have time, check out the climbing gym and traverse wall before making your way to the newly reopened Webster Park sites. Get up early the next morning to complete one of the requirements of the Arrowhead Award by working with the Conservation team on your project before leaving camp. Make your way to the Demonstration Forest, then off to Clarks Fork for roping and branding, and then top the day off with a chuckwagon dinner and a cowboy campfire. Get up early for your final challenge- Shaefers Peak and the Tooth of Time! Hike victoriously into Base Camp – You all made it

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: Mt Phillips;
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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  

Bus to Lovers Leap Trailhead
3Miner's Park Rock Climbing & Rappelling Showers;  

Food Pickup  
4Lower Bonito Crosscut Saws / Tie making @ Crater LakeTrail Camp; (Showers; at Crater Lake)
5Lost Cabin Rayado Lodge Tour @ Fish CampTrail Camp; 

Fly Tying @ Fish Camp 

Fishing Opportunities @ Fish Camp 
6Crooked Creek Jicarilla Apache Life @ Apache Springs (Commissary; at Apache Springs)

3D Archery @ Apache Springs 

Food Pickup @ Apache Springs 

7Wild HorseTrail Camp; 
8Mt Phillips Tomahawks @ Clear CreekTrail Camp (Usually dry); 

Water @ Clear Creek 

Rocky Mountain Fur Company @ Clear Creek 

Climb Mount Phillips  
9Cyphers Mine Mine Tour Showers (wood stoked);  



Gold Mining & Panning  
10Upper Webster Park Rock Climbing & Rappelling @ CimarroncitoTrail Camp; (Showers; at Cimarroncito)

Food Pickup @ Cimarroncito 

Hunting Lodge Tour @ Hunting Lodge
11Clarks Fork Western Lore / Branding Showers;  


Chuck Wagon Dinner  

Horse Rides  

Conservation Project  

Demonstration Forest @ Demonstration Forest
12CHQ Homebound Water @ Clarks ForkCommissary; Showers; Trading Post;  (Showers; at Clarks Fork)

Climb Tooth of Time  

Hike in via Tooth Ridge Trail  

Awards Campfire  
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.

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
3Miner's ParkTraverse WallShowers;
Crate Stacking
4Crater LakeContinental Tie & LumberShowers;
Hike over Fowler Mesa
spar pole climbing
6Apache SpringsSweat LodgeCommissary;
Corn Grinding
Sporting Arrows
Tipi Tour
Crooked CreekCabin Tour
Animal Care
8Clear CreekMuzzle Loading Rifles
Climb Mount Phillips
9Cyphers MineStompShowers (wood stoked);
10CimarroncitoHike via Hidden Valley / Window RockShowers;
Climbing Gym
Traverse Wall
Hunting LodgeFishing Opportunities
Hike via Hidden Valley / Window Rock
Cabin Tour
12Clarks ForkWestern Lore / BrandingShowers;
Cowboy Campfire
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.