Back 2024 Trek 9-4 Forward

Challenging; Approximately 44 miles; Maps required: South

Trek History: New as 9-3 in 2020; 9-3 in 2021-23; 9-4 in 2024

Sweep across Philmont’s mountainous south country in this adventure-filled trek! Start your trek by hiking through Clarks Fork on your way to Ponderosa Park for Ranger Training. The next day, head up and over Shaefers Pass, where you can side hike the 9,350 ft. Shaefers Peak before making it to Miners Park for some rock climbing and rappelling excitement! From there, hike up the beautiful North Fork Urraca Creek to Black Mountain camp to learn blacksmithing and marksmanship skills from the soldiers at this post Civil War encampment. Then, it's off to Beaubien for branding, roping, and horseback rides. The hearty chuckwagon dinner, a cowboy campfire, and views of one of the most beautiful meadows at Philmont are all sure to please! After your layover, your journey will bring you through Phillips Junction for a resupply of sustenance, then onward to the homesteading family living at Crooked Creek. Help them tend to their animals and enjoy their rustic home before making it to Comanche Peak to rest for the night, as you will need your energy to conquer Mount Phillips the next day! Once on top of Mount Phillips, views of the Moreno Valley, Wheeler Peak, and Baldy Mountain will leave lasting memories for your crew! Camp at Clear Creek with the Rocky Mountain Fur Co. for some muzzle loading rifles and tomahawks before hiking down through the scenic Tolby Meadows and down to the Tolby Trailhead, enjoying tremendous views the entire way. Next stop… 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: Heck Meadow; Divide; Unique Campsite: Heck Meadow; Divide; Tolby Headwaters;
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DayCampProgram FeaturesCampsite Features
1Camping Headquarters Opening Campfire Commissary; Showers; Trading Post;  
2Heck Meadow Food Pickup @ Camping HeadquartersTrail Camp (Usually dry); (Commissary; Showers; Trading Post; at CHQ Trailbound)

Water @ Camping Headquarters 

Hike Out from CHQ  

Ranger Training  
3Clarks Fork Western Lore / Branding Showers;  

Horse Rides  

Chuck Wagon Dinner  

4Cimarroncito Food Pickup Showers;  

Rock Climbing & Rappelling  

Visiting Forester @ Demonstration Forest
5Whistle Punk Gold Mining & Panning @ Cyphers MineTrail Camp; (Showers (wood stoked); at Cyphers Mine)
6Sawmill 30-06 Shooting/Reloading Showers (wood stoked);  

Food Pickup  

Conservation Project  
7Divide Water @ Red HillsTrail Camp (Usually dry); (Trail Camp; at Red Hills)

Water @ Whistle PunkTrail Camp;

Climb Comanche Peak  
8Tolby Headwaters Rocky Mountain Fur Company @ Clear CreekTrail Camp; 

Muzzle Loading Rifles @ Clear Creek 

Tomahawks @ Clear Creek 

Water @ Red HillsTrail Camp;

Climb Mount Phillips  
9Camping Headquarters Closing Campfire Commissary; Showers; Trading Post;  

Hike to Tolby 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
3Clarks ForkCowboy CampfireShowers;
Ride out from Cattle Headquarters
Ride over Schaefers Pass
4CimarroncitoHike via Hidden Valley / Window RockShowers;
Climbing Gym
Traverse Wall
Demonstration ForestObsolete
5Cyphers MineBlacksmithingShowers (wood stoked);
Mine Tour
6SawmillUte Park Pass Hike PrepShowers (wood stoked);
Hike through 2018 Ute Park Fire Zone
8Clear CreekClimb Mount Phillips
9Camping 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.