Back 2023 Trek 12-6 Forward

50 Miler South

Rugged; Approximately 55 miles; Maps required: South

Regions visited: South Country

Trek History: New as 12-6 in 2023;

Spending time in the heart of Philmont’s South Country, this itinerary gives crews the opportunity to complete all requirements for their 50-Miler award. Starting in basecamp, hike to Arrowhead Camp, and spend time working on your camping skills in the shadow of the Tooth of Time!. The next morning, pass through the Demonstration Forest on your way to Hunting Lodge Camp. At the Demonstration Forest, spend one hour learning about historical and modern forestry practices, and set the stage for the remainder of your conservation work to fulfil your 50-Miler requirement. The next morning, wake up early and hike to Cimarroncito to pick up food and spend time in the bouldering gym. Don’t linger too long, or you will be late to the Stomp show at Cyphers Mine! Enjoy the music and stories before heading to bed in one of the mining camp lean-to shelters. Wake up early the next morning, and pack extra water, as you climb up and over Mt. Phillips to Clear Creek Camp. Spend time at the summit enjoying the view of the Moreno Valley and Wheeler Massif before descending into old growth forests and the headwaters of the Rayado River. The next morning, try your hand at fur trapping and black powder shooting before packing up and hiking down the Rayado Creek Canyon to Phillips Junction for food. Spend time relaxing on the porch before hiking the mile and a half to Beaubien for their chuckwagon dinner and music show! The next morning head down to Lower Bonito Camp to meet up with the stream restoration team to complete your next six hours of conservation program. Spend the day working to restore the Bonito Creek to its healthy, historic conditions by building erosion control features and fencing to prevent animals from causing further damage. Following your day of hard work, hike down to the Abreu family homestead to spend time with their animals and enjoy the New Mexican dinner and a tall mug of root beer. Enjoy the next days walk to Crater Lake Camp, where you can learn to climb spar poles and take part in the company meeting of the Continental Tie & Lumber Co. Hike the short distance to Miners Park Camp, and set up camp before hiking to the natural rock climbing area to enjoy spectacular views of the great plains and the Urraca Watershed. Relax in the evening, before waking up early to reach the North Fork Urraca Conservation project, completing your last three hours of work on a new hiking trail that will connect the heart of the South Country to the plains and Basecamp. Spend the rest of the day traversing the ridgeline to Tooth Ridge Camp for the night. Spend your last morning in the backcountry side-hiking the Tooth of Time, and take in the views before heading back to camp and hiking down the Tooth Ridge into 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: Tooth Ridge;
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DayCampProgram FeaturesCampsite Features
1Camping Headquarters Opening Campfire Commissary; Showers; Trading Post;  
2Arrowhead Food Pickup @ Camping HeadquartersTrail Camp; (Commissary; Showers; Trading Post; at CHQ Trailbound)

Water @ Camping Headquarters 

Bus to Webster Trailhead

Ranger Training  
3Hunting Lodge Western Lore / Branding @ Clarks Fork (Showers; at Clarks Fork)

Forestry Training @ Clarks Fork 

Hunting Lodge Tour  

Demonstration Forest @ Demonstration Forest
4Cyphers Mine Blacksmithing Showers (wood stoked);  

Gold Mining & Panning  


Mine Tour  
5Clear Creek Climb Comanche Peak  


Climb Mount Phillips  

Rocky Mountain Fur Company  
6Beaubien Chuck Wagon Dinner Showers (wood stoked);  

Western Lore / Branding  


Food Pickup @ Phillips JunctionCommissary; Trading Post; Showers;
7Lower Bonito Conservation Project Trail Camp; 
8Abreu Mexican Dinner Showers;  


New Mexican Homestead  
9Bear Caves Campfire @ Crater LakeTrail Camp; (Showers; at Crater Lake)
10Miner's Park Rock Climbing & Rappelling Showers;  

Traverse Wall  

Food Pickup  

Crosscut Saws / Tie making  
11Tooth Ridge Conservation Project @ Miner's ParkTrail Camp (Always dry); (Showers; at Miner's Park)

Water @ Stockade
12Camping Headquarters Climb Tooth of Time Commissary; Showers; Trading Post;  

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
2Camping HeadquartersVisit the Villa PhilmonteCommissary; Showers; Trading Post;
National Scouting Museum
3Clarks ForkCowboy CampfireShowers;
Ride out from Cattle Headquarters
Ride over Schaefers Pass
Hunting LodgeFishing Opportunities
Hike via Hidden Valley / Window Rock
Cabin Tour
Demonstration ForestForestry Training
4Cyphers MineStompShowers (wood stoked);
5Clear CreekMuzzle Loading Rifles
6BeaubienClimb Trail PeakShowers (wood stoked);
Climb Lookout Peak
Cowboy Campfire
Phillips JunctionFishing OpportunitiesCommissary; Trading Post; Showers;
Ride out from Cattle Headquarters
9Crater LakeContinental Tie & LumberShowers;
Hike over Fowler Mesa
spar pole climbing
Crosscut Saws / Tie making
11Miner's ParkRock Climbing & RappellingShowers;
Traverse Wall
Crate Stacking
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.