Photos needed Back 2019 Trek 17 Forward Virtual Tour


Rugged; Approximately 61 miles; Maps required: North, Valle


This great south country itinerary will take you through pristine parts of Philmont with a variety of great program opportunities. Start off your trek at Rayado Trailhead where you will learn about Kit Carson and Lucien Maxwell’s Santa Fe Trail outpost. After a night enjoying the stars at Olympia, you’ll hike to Carson Meadows where you’ll enjoy the search and rescue program and learn about wilderness medicine. The next day you’ll hike through the scenic Rayado Canyon on your way through Fish Camp to Agua Fria. Tie a fly, tour Waite Phillips’ Rayado Lodge, and see if you can catch a trout! Enjoy the beautiful hike from Agua Fria to Lost Cabins before taking a pit stop at Apache Springs to learn about the life of the Jicarilla Apache. Next, you’ll hike to one of Philmont’s newest camps, Garcia Cow, where you will enjoy learning about wildlife conservation practices and the teachings of Earnest Thompson Seton, one of the founders of the Boy Scouts of America. Keep your eyes peeled for the elk heard as you make your way through the vast meadows of Garcia Park and Saladon Lake. You’ll enjoy the great views of Mt. Wheeler and the range of mountains stretching all the way to Baldy as you make your way to one of Philmont’s most pristine camps: Wild Horse. Be sure to visit the homesteaders at Crooked Creek before making your stop at Buck Creek trail camp. Get your rest, you’ll need it as you make your hike up to Red Hills, one of Philmont’s highest altitude camps. The nest day you’ll side hike to Mt. Phillips before dropping down into Black Mountain camp where you’ll enjoy the .58 caliber muzzle loading program and try your hand at blacksmithing. After enjoying the hike down the North Fork Urraca trail, look for the Grizzly Tooth rock formation as you make your way to Miners Park where you will rock climb and rappel. Your last night will be at Stockade Ridge where you’ll get a great view of the Tooth of Time. Be sure to get up early and side hike the Tooth before you get picked up by a bus from Lovers Leap Trailhead. Next Stop… Base Camp!

Trek
Day
CampProgram FeaturesCampsite Features
1Camping Headquarters TB Opening Campfire Commissary; Showers; Trading Post;  
2Olympia Bus to Rayado TrailheadTrail Camp; 


Tour Kit Carson Home @ RayadoTrail Camp; 


Ranger Training Trail Camp; 
3Carson Meadows Tour Abreu Homestead @ Abreu (Showers; at Abreu)


Cantina @ Abreu 


Search & Rescue / Wilderness Medicine @ Camping Headquarters HB (Commissary; Showers; Trading Post; at Camping Headquarters HB)
4Agua Fria Fishing Lodge Tour @ Fish CampTrail Camp; 


Fly Tying @ Fish CampTrail Camp; 


Fishing Opportunities @ Fish CampTrail Camp; 
5Garcia Cow Jicarilla Apache Life @ Apache Springs (Commissary; at Apache Springs)


3D Archery @ Apache Springs 


Food Pickup @ Apache Springs 


Wildlife Conservation  
6Wild HorseTrail Camp; 
7Buck Creek Homesteading @ Crooked CreekTrail Camp; 


Cabin Tour @ Crooked CreekTrail Camp; 
8Red Hills Hike over Big Red Trail Camp; 


Food Pickup @ Phillips JunctionTrail Camp; (Commissary; Trading Post; Showers; at Phillips Junction)
9Black Mountain Hike over Mount Phillips  


Post Civil War Settlers  


Blacksmithing  
10Miner's Park Muzzle Loading Rifles @ Black MountainShowers;  


Rock Climbing & Rappelling Showers;  
11Stockade RidgeTrail Camp; 
12Camping Headquarters HB Tooth of Time Commissary; Showers; Trading Post;  


Hike to Lover's LeapCommissary; Showers; Trading Post;  (Trail Camp; at Lover's Leap)


Awards Campfire Commissary; Showers; Trading Post;  
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.
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Program opportunities not included on the official itinerary

This list is not complete and is dependent on the route you take each day.
Visit the Villa Philmonte at Camping Headquarters TB on day 1
Seton Memorial Library and Philmont Museum at Camping Headquarters TB on day 1
Sweat Lodge at Apache Springs on day 5
Corn Grinding at Apache Springs on day 5
Fishing Opportunities at Phillips Junction on day 8 Double Dip
Blacksmithing at Black Mountain on day 10 Double Dip
Post Civil War Settlers at Black Mountain on day 10 Double Dip
Climbing Tower at Miner's Park on day 10
Visit the Villa Philmonte at Camping Headquarters HB on day 12
Seton Memorial Library and Philmont Museum at Camping Headquarters HB on day 12