Back 2023 Trek 12-7 Forward

Challenging; Approximately 56 miles; Maps required: South

Regions visited: South Country

Trek History: New as 12-7 in 2023;

Hop off the bus with your Ranger at the Zastrow Trailhead and hike to Rimrock Park where you will learn the backcountry skills from your Ranger. From there you will hike to Crags through massive geologic strata representing ancient landscapes from oceans to volcanoes. But first, pass through Carson Meadows incident command center, where your group may be called upon to help in a search and rescue operation. Crags Camp is a unique spot off the beaten path, and the hike to Agua Fria follows the path of a river that has spent countless eons cutting the entire valley you see before you today. Pull over at Fish Camp visit Waite Phillips’ historic Rayado Lodge. From Agua Fria to Apache Springs, you will be traversing Philmont’s southern boundary. Enjoy a sweat lodge, 3D Archery, and the history and lore of the Jicarilla Apache before you leave Apache and make your way to Crooked Creek, where you will learn how early homesteaders lived off of land and cared for their animals. The next day’s climb of Mt. Phillips is steep and an early start is needed to avoid afternoon weather. After summitting Philmont’s second highest peak, you will get a break as you bed down at Red Hills for the night. Next, make a side trip to Big Red, and head to Phillips Junction and Beaubien and take a load off when you get there - you earned it! Sit in a saddle for a horse ride, pass the time with western lore, enjoy a chuckwagon dinner as big as the West, and get ready for wild evening performances, As you leave Beaubien, take advantage of the rare opportunity to see a WWII B24 Liberator crash on Trail Peak. Stop by Crater Lake to work with the loggers, then off to Miners Park and try your hand at rock climbing. Finally, it’s all downhill from Miners Park to your final camp at Stockade Ridge. Get up early and maximize your opportunity for a side hike up the iconic Tooth of Time. Enjoy the views and reflect on your amazing experience before hiking to base or heading to the Lovers Leap trailhead for your bus ride back to Base Camp!

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: Rimrock Park;
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DayCampProgram FeaturesCampsite Features
1Camping Headquarters Opening Campfire Commissary; Showers; Trading Post;  
2Rimrock Park Food Pickup @ Camping HeadquartersTrail Camp (Usually dry); (Commissary; Showers; Trading Post; at CHQ Trailbound)

Ranger Training  

Bus to Zastrow Trailhead
3Crags New Mexican Homestead @ AbreuTrail Camp; (Showers; at Abreu)

Cantina @ Abreu 

Cabin Tour @ Abreu 

Search & Rescue / Wilderness Medicine @ Carson Meadows
4Agua Fria Fly Tying @ Fish CampTrail Camp; 

Fishing Opportunities @ Fish Camp 

Rayado Lodge Tour @ Fish Camp 
5Apache Springs Jicarilla Apache Life Commissary;  

3D Archery  

Food Pickup  
6Crooked Creek Cabin Tour  

Animal Care  

7Red Hills Rocky Mountain Fur Company @ Clear CreekTrail Camp; 

Tomahawks @ Clear Creek 

Climb Mount Phillips  
8Beaubien Climb Big Red Showers (wood stoked);  

Western Lore / Branding  

Chuck Wagon Dinner  

9Beaubien Conservation Project Showers (wood stoked);  

Horse Rides  

10Miner's Park Climb Trail Peak @ Crater LakeShowers;  (Showers; at Crater Lake)

Crosscut Saws / Tie making @ Crater Lake 

Food Pickup  
11Stockade Ridge Rock Climbing & Rappelling @ Miner's ParkTrail Camp; (Showers; at Miner's Park)

Water @ Stockade
12Camping Headquarters Awards Campfire Commissary; Showers; Trading Post;  

Climb Tooth of Time  

Hike in via Tooth Ridge Trail  

Hike to Lovers Leap Trailhead
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
Ride out from Cattle Headquarters
5Apache SpringsSweat LodgeCommissary;
Corn Grinding
Sporting Arrows
Tipi Tour
7Clear CreekMuzzle Loading Rifles
Climb Mount Phillips
9BeaubienWestern Lore / BrandingShowers (wood stoked);
Climb Trail Peak
Climb Lookout Peak
Cowboy Campfire
10Crater LakeContinental Tie & LumberShowers;
Hike over Fowler Mesa
spar pole climbing
11Miner's ParkTraverse WallShowers;
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.