Back 2023 Trek 12-22 Forward

Strenuous; Approximately 72 miles; Maps required: North

Regions visited: North Country, Valle Vidal

Trek History: New as 12-22 in 2023;

This itinerary gives crews the opportunity to complete all requirements for their BSA 50-Miler award! Starting at 9-Mile Trailhead, crews will begin their trek at Trail Canyon camp and spend the evening taking in the beautiful sunset with their Ranger. The next morning you will begin hiking through the beautiful canyonlands of the north country while taking in views only available from the Dean skyline. Spend the night at Blusestem camp before descending into the South Ponil Canyon. On your way to Pueblano for the evening, stop and take part in your first three hours of conservation program at the Flume Canyon / Elkhorn project site. That evening, learn to climb spar poles and enjoy the company meeting of The Continental Tire & Lumber Co. at Pueblano. The next day, pass through Head of Dean for your next three hours of conservation program, assisting with a forest thinning project to help create defensible space around the camp for the next wildfire. After your project, hike the short distance to Baldy Skyline camp to enjoy the evening as a crew. The next morning, pick up food at Baldy Town and take part in their geology education as part of your conservation hours. Hike to the abandoned mine at Black Horse Mine Camp and prepare for your trip over Baldy Mountain. Wake up early to take advantage of the good morning weather and summit Baldy! Be sure to enjoy the trip to the summit, and stay as a crew as you traverse the northern ridge before dropping down into the Greenwood Low Impact Area. Enjoy the short hike to Rich Cabins the next day and relax as your crew interacts with the animals and homesteaders of the Rich Family. Have fun as they welcome you into their home for their family meeting in the evening, and enjoy the crickets chirping as the sun sets. The next day, hike down the Middle Ponil Canyon, before climbing up to Sioux Camp for your last three hours of conservation work, continuing the new hiking trail to the top of Wilson Mesa. Spend the afternoon in the Ponil Cantina, enjoying the coldest root beer in the County! Enjoy the chuckwagon dinner and cantina show before heading to sleep. The next morning, hike over Heart Peak and through Indian Writings Camp to your stopping point at House Canyon Camp. Again, take in the views from the ridgetop before heading over to Chase Cow Camp the next day to take part in the natural face rock climbing and bouldering program. Hike your last miles in the backcountry as you head down to the Chase Trailhead, and onto a bus for Basecamp!

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: Bluestem; Asurite; Unique Campsite: Trail Canyon;
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DayCampProgram FeaturesCampsite Features
1Camping Headquarters Opening Campfire Commissary; Showers; Trading Post;  
2Trail Canyon Bus to Six Mile GateTrail Camp; 

Food Pickup @ Camping HeadquartersCommissary; Showers; Trading Post;

Ranger Training  
3Bluestem Water @ Middle PonilTrail Camp (Always dry); (Low Impact Camp; at Middle Ponil)

Hike Dean Skyline  
4Pueblano Crosscut Saws / Tie making  


spar pole climbing  

Conservation Project  
5Head of Dean Challenge Events  

Conservation Project @ Pueblano
6Asurite Mining History @ Baldy TownTrail Camp (Usually dry); (Commissary; Trading Post; Showers; at Baldy Town)

Assaying @ Baldy Town 

Geology Training @ Baldy Town 

Water @ Baldy Town 

Food Pickup @ Baldy Town 
7Upper Greenwood Low Impact Camping Low Impact Camp; Trail Camp; 

Climb Baldy Mountain  
8Rich Cabins Homesteading Commissary; Low Impact Camp;  


Animal Care  
9Ponil Food Pickup Commissary; Trading Post; Showers;  

Conservation Project  

Western Lore / Branding  

Cowboy Action Shooting  

Chuck Wagon Dinner  

10House Canyon Water @ AnasaziTrail Camp; (Trail Camp; at Anasazi)

Petroglyphs Tour @ Indian WritingsShowers;

Atl Atl Darts @ Indian Writings 

Archaeology @ Indian Writings 

Climb Hart Peak  
11Chase Cow Rock Climbing & Rappelling  

12Camping Headquarters Awards Campfire Commissary; Showers; Trading Post;  

Hike to Chase Trailhead

Tour Historic Chase Ranch @ Chase Ranch
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
2Six Mile GateTyrannosaurus Rex Track
Camping HeadquartersVisit the Villa PhilmonteCommissary; Showers; Trading Post;
National Scouting Museum
3Middle PonilSide Hike Ash MountainLow Impact Camp;
Side Hike Little Costilla and/or Ash Mountain
5Head of Deanpickup crew based challenge events
PueblanoContinental Tie & Lumber
spar pole climbing
Crosscut Saws / Tie making
6Baldy TownClimb Baldy MountainCommissary; Trading Post; Showers;
Tour Historic Baldy Town
8Rich CabinsEvening musicCommissary; Low Impact Camp;
Cabin Tour
9PonilCantinaCommissary; Trading Post; Showers;
Cantina Show
Climb Hart Peak
Circle Ride
Wrangler Training
10AnasaziTyrannosaurus Rex TrackTrail Camp;
12Camping HeadquartersVisit the Villa PhilmonteCommissary; Showers; Trading Post;
National Scouting Museum
Ride into Cattle Headquarters
This list is not complete and is dependent on the route you take each day.