Baylor Canyon Pass via Baylor Canyon Road is a 6.9 mile out and back trail located near Las Cruces, NM that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
High desert ascent to a mountain pass.
This was a lot of fun. Great trail to do with a group of friends.
This is a nice trail and its well maintained, Nice views of Las Cruces as well as the Alamogordo area once you are on top. It was very windy on top when I was there ( about 35-40mile ) so bring a wind breaker , you never know .
I really enjoyed this trail-had a perfect day for some hiking and enjoying God's creation.
Great trail. A little rocky and steep between 1.5-3mi, but easy enough. Tons of picnic spots. Excited to do the entire pass next weekend.
East approach to Baylor pass is preferred. Take two cars and at least one friend. Heading west from Las Cruces, park one car at the Baylor Pass trail head at the base of the Eastern slope. Then all parties get into one car and travel over the mountain and to Aguirre Springs. Register your vehicle, sign in at the trail head by the little horse corral and embark on a one-way hike from Aguirre Springs back to the first vehicle. Yes, you will have to return to Aguirre Springs Recreation area to get back to your shuttle vehicle. However, a nice picnic and a campfire to come back to make this a hike to remember.
One of my favorites in the area. The views are great! Lots of rock on both sides of the mountain. Be sure to set up you shuttle unless you are going up and over both ways. It's fun to go right after a storm because all the springs are running.
Hiked to the top from the west trailhead in two hours and the return in about an hour and a half. At 74YOA IT GAVE ME ALL I WANTED. Good trail for a reasonably experienced hiker. Watch for snakes in the summertime and carry adequate water. This was at least my third hike up this trail one being a training hike for Boy Scouts going to Philmont. Wind was blowing 40-50mph at the top so didn't tarry. Found a Geocache at the top.
Not as scenic as Pine Tree trail, but you get greater length and accessibility to Baylor peak :) .
The trail is not shown on map.
We arrived in Las Cruces after a torrential rain storm but decided the trail would be fine the next morning. It could not have been any more perfect! So many springs were running, the air was fresh, the temperature stayed very pleasant. We did the Pass trail (6 miles) from the campground on the White Sands side, up and over to the Las Cruces side. There is never any serious altitude gain making for a easy hike. We stopped many times for photos and took our time at water crossings. The trail was a bit overgrown but beautiful and green. Lizards were plentiful and only saw one snake. Can't wait to get back to hike it again!
The path to the saddle from the west side (Baylor Canyon Road) is pretty easy to follow. The trail just kind of disappears as you near the end (Aguirre Springs). Beautiful vistas at the saddle.
Excellent hike, great views!!!
Just got down after doing the westside trail in about 3h with my dog but did jog , so an easy trail with somr good elevation gain and for a good distance.
Highly recommend it for experienced hikers/trail runners as an endurance workout and for novices as a good trail to break-in those hiking boots you received on Christmas!
Great easy hike! Perfect time to hike; cooler temperatures and abundant wildflowers. The trail is rocky in some parts.
Be prepared for the blazing sun for most of the hike. Great views at the top.
Great hike,,good views...know your weather an take plenty of water...
Great workout! I do this one weekly as it is the least crowded. The altitude is great for viewing around the valley on both sides of the range.