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Baylor Pass

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High desert - ascend to a mountain pass - back down to desert floor.
Near:Organ, NM
Distance:5.25 miles
Elevation Gain:1560 ft
Hike Time:3 hours
Trail Condition:OK, but a few difficult spots
HikeType:Point to Point

Summary: The sign is the trailhead. Follow the main trail east. At 1.1 miles you will pass a series of wooden posts. At 3.25 miles you reach Baylor Pass. Continue east on the trail downhill about 2 more miles to the Aguirre Springs loop road where the trail ends. Note - if you have someone pick you up or leave a vehicle in the park there is a $3.00 fee per vehicle.
Trailhead: From the junction of I-10 and I-25, go north on I-25 6 miles to US-70. Turn right (east) on US-70. Follow US-70 east for 10.1 miles, exit at Baylor Canyon Road. Turn right (south) on Baylor Canyon road. Follow Baylor Canyon road south for about 2 miles to the trailhead on the left. (Lat:32.39177 Lon:-106.61387)
Trail Guides for Baylor Pass:
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs,
Ranger Contact: BLM Las Cruces field office - (505) 525-4300
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Michael P. Olbrisch, who has posted  71 other hikes on this site
Trail Reviews  Page 1 of 2   Submit your own review
Reviewed by Rayo on 3/10/2013
I started at Aguirre and hiked up to the pass with my dog. It took us 36 minutes to reach the pass, and seeing as we had expected it to take much longer, we hiked down the west side to the one-mile marker and then hiked back to Aguirre. It was about ten miles total and took three hours. Beautiful hike, one of my favorites. If you don't like hiking up/down hill, this may be a bit of a challenge.

Reviewed by Jake on 6/4/2010
No cost to park at the trailhead. I hiked from the Baylor Canyon Road Trailhead to the 3.25 mile mark, then up the hill to the right, then back down to the start. Views were better at the top of the hill but it wasn't far enough south to see White Sands which was blocked by another mountain to the left. 1 hour 40 minutes up and 1 hour 10 minutes down. The slope was not very steep. Overall an average hike with very nice views of WSMR and Las Cruces.

Reviewed by J E M on 10/27/2009
I ran this trail up to the fence line. It was a lot of fun. It is very rocky as you might expect towards the top. I plan on running it again but going a little farther.

Reviewed by Tobe on 10/18/2009
Great hike. My 13 year old daughter and myself hiked to the top and back down. Took us about 4 hours with several stops to rest and eat snacks. Took lots of pictures. Next time wife will meet us on the other side.

Reviewed by Scott on 9/24/2009
I hiked this trail this morning during a break between meetings. In two hours, I would guess I went about 3/4 of the way to the pass, then about 1.5 hours down. Sure seemed like more elevation change than 1500 feet, but I guess the maps don't lie. Very little wildlife (a few bugs and the occasional lizard). Many varieties of cactus. Only saw one other hiker. Took lots of pictures.

Reviewed by ASH on 8/29/2009
Nice moderate hike, 3 hours trail head to saddle and back. 1 tarantula, 2 horned lizards an eagle or two. I beat the heck out of my knees on the decent. OH to be young again!!

Reviewed by Jlo on 4/13/2009
Pretty good hike. We started on the West side and went all the way over to Aguirre Springs. Then back over to the West side. Probably should have left a car on the other side. We were pretty tired by the time we got back to the car. It took about 5 hours 20 minutes to go about 11 miles. The east side hike is much easier than the west. Good 1st hike overall.

Reviewed by JVO on 1/1/2009
The first time we walked it there was a sleeting rain. This time Jan 1, 2009 was a very nice day. Windy at the saddle. Path is easy to follow. Mostly rocky so it pays to have good hard sole. For old folks like us it was still doable although going down is always harder on the bones. Took us 4 hours including a 20 minute lunch at the top. Good family WALK.

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