Baylor Peak From Aguirre Springs

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Baylor Peak From Aguirre Springs is a 5.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Boyd, New Mexico that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from February until November.

DISTANCE
5.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2221 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

no dogs

The Baylor Peak is located at the end of the Organ Mountains near the Baylor Pass to the north. To get there you drive by the US 70 from Las Cruces NM toward Alamogordo NM, once crossing the mountain you will find the entrance to Aguirre Springs National Recreation Area, inside the Organ Mountain Desert Peaks National Monument. You start your trip walking on the Baylor Canyon Pass Trail (32.37176, -106.56163); at the end you will see the Baylor Peak to your right. The trail to the peak is steep, rocky and not well marked but you can see it, the map only shows about 200 feet, but is there. On the way up you will find several marks with stones that will guide you in direction to the peak. At about the mile 2.5 you will arrive to the top of a small mountain, from here no trail is defined and you have to walk along the ridge and most of the time over the rocks. Once at the summit of the Baylor Peak you will enjoy beautiful views, of course also the Organ Mountains and even part of the White Sands National Monument, the flight of the swallows will amaze you. Do not forget to write your name on the little notepad inside the metal can, a proof that you were there! Walking down is the most difficult part, be careful with the loose rocks and walk slowly. Wear a pair of hiking boots (no tennis) and preferably use a walking stick, and enjoy this hard but beautiful trail!

hiking
5 days ago

Trail from the pass becomes difficult to the Peak. It is easy to lose trail on your way down, just maintain the cairns you followed up and you should be fine on your way back to the pass. Awesome trail! Views are tremendously beautiful!

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Walking up to the Baylor Peak was a risky but interesting and beautiful adventure. Walking on the Baylor Canyon Pass Trail was easy; you do not gain too much elevation, the hard part appeared when I started to walk up from the Baylor Pass. The rocky and very steep trail was difficult to walk, especially the ridge near the peak, but it was worth the effort, being on top of the peak was an exciting experience.

7 months ago

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