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

Length 5.5 mi Elevation gain 2,093 ft Route type Out & Back
Hiking Nature trips Bird watching Views Wild flowers Wildlife Rocky No dogs
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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!

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Darrin Haslem
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Hiking

First time with trekker poles — made all the difference for the trail above the pass. Lots of loose rock and slipping, so go slow. The views are worth the effort. Amazing.

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Javier Carranza
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Andrea Gardner
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HikingGreat!Scramble

Beautiful hike with great views. Its pretty much a scramble from the false peak up to the actual summit and some of the rocks are loose, so use caution...lost the trail at a couple of points but was able to get back on track easily.

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Jorge Gonzalez
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Hiking

It was nice and cloudy. The trail was a bit overgrown in parts but nothing that a bit of shimmying around wouldn't fix. One important thing to consider is that once you get to the pass and you head up to the peak... it gets really steep... like really really steep. We had to turn back halfway up the summit because we did not have hiking poles and it was getting testy. Other than those minor complaints the trail was beautiful, and I'll definitely go back at some point in order to try and attempt the summit.

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Miggy PT
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Hiking

It’s a nice hike. Just take enough water. Trekking poles could be helpful for some on the way down. After reaching the saddle there is no shade.

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Pat Gordon
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HikingNo shadeOff trailOver grownRocky
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Joel Ortega
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HikingNo shadeOff trailOver grown

To whomever recommend trekking poles, thank you. I would not attempt the peak without them. Taking a lot of water is without saying! Definitely longer than stated on AllTrails, at least 7 miles according to Garmin GPS tracker.

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Steve Bennett
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HikingGreat!No shade

Great morning hike - was on the trail in Aguirre Springs at 8:15am, returned about 11:45a or so. So many great views of the Tularosa Basin and White Sands Missile Range, as well as great views of the granite peaks of the Organ mountains. It was *really* windy at Baylor Pass, so we summited the false peak about a quarter mile up from Baylor Pass, but my 11 year old and I didn't feel like getting wind-blown while trying to navigate the rocks on the way up to Baylor Peak. Summer day, two hikers, so we had about 6L of water which we didn't get all the way through. Trekking poles were helpful and we were glad to have had them. They would have been essential had we gone for the summit.

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Jeff Kiebler
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Hiking

Wow, the views. This was a challenging hike for an old guy. We made it to the plateau and decided not to got the extra bit of climb. The views were really spectacular at the top. Definitely a hard climb but worth it. Take lots of water, wear a hat and sunscreen

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Jorge Carrillo
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Hiking

This is the second time I do this trail. beautiful and with fantastic views, I walked the 5.5 miles but I only recorded 4.9. As everyone comments, the last part, steep and rocky, is the hardest but not impossible to walk. Once at the summit the 360 degrees view will leave you amazed. Wear good hiking boots and bring lots of water if you do this trail in the summer., .

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Stephen Tures
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HikingNo shadeOver grownRocky

Don't go on a summer day and bring tons of water anyways. I went on what started as a cloudy day in late July and ran out of my 100z reservoir 45m from the car. Big mistake. The Baylor Pass part of the trail isn't too tough, though keep an eye out for snakes. Once you hit the pass, the trail goes from mellow to straight-up-the-side pretty quick. I'm pretty sore the next day here. Still, the view of the main part of the Organ Mountains is hard to beat, and if you're up for a serious challenge, then this will do you well.

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James Clark
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I really enjoyed this trail. Nice and easy to the pass. From there it gets a bit loose and steep to the peak, which is not always the best defined trail, but easy enough to see. While going up there is actually a false summit that you have to go over to reach the true summit. From the top you get excellent views of Las Cruces, White Sands, and all the jagged peaks of the Organ Mountain Range.

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Michael Grady
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Nice climb with great views

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Katelyn Przybyszewski
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I thought this hike was very challenging but not one of my favorite hikes around Cruces although it did offer beautiful views. The hard part begins once you go past Baylor Canyon Pass and start up the peak. The way down is even more difficult because of the steepness and loose rocks. I was really wishing I had trekking poles. Bring lots of food and water and wear long pants. There are plenty of cacti just waiting to stab you especially going up the peak. I started from Aguirre Springs and my fitness device read the distance as closer to 8 miles round trip, not 5.5 miles like this app says. It took me considerably longer than I thought it would. Start early. The trail was difficult to follow at times. Be really careful at the rock scramble toward the end. A lot of those large rocks are not stable and could fall on you if you’re not careful. I was about 0.5 miles away from the summit and turned around because a large rock almost fell on me. Do not underestimate this hike. It’s one of the more challenging ones I’ve done in this area. I only gave it 3 stars because of the cacti, the trail being difficult to follow, and the steepness.

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Lynda Hogue
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Camping

very nice hike!! make sure you have shoes with good traction. the trail was a little difficult to follow, use common sense, but the views were spectacular! it was a good hard hike!!

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John Fisher
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Hiking

My son and I hiked this on 03/25, not too hot and a very good hike. Once past the Baylor peak pass the trail does get increasingly difficult, only due to the rock shards that can cause you to fall. Also, this time of the year the winds are very much an issue. It can cause you to fall if you are in a situation where your balance can be compromised. All in all a great hike that will raise your heart rate.

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Miranda Graupmann
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Beautiful Hike. Can't wait to take my mom and dad here!! Took about 2 hours.

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Jean-Claude Linossi
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Hiking

This is a very beautiful hike. Not too difficult, steady climb with very beautiful views of the Organ Mountains and the Tularosa basin. Many beautiful wildflowers at the end of the summer.

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Tony Garza
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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!

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Jorge Carrillo
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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.

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Ahram Cho
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