Baylor Peak via Baylor Canyon Pass

MODERATE 11 reviews

Baylor Peak via Baylor Canyon Pass is a 8.1 mile out and back trail located near Las Cruces, New Mexico that features beautiful wild flowers. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and nature trips. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
8.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2719 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

We hiked from the Baylor Canyon Trailhead on the Las Cruces side (west side) over to the Baylor Canyon Trailhead on the Aguirre Springs side (east side). We drove a car and left it in the parking lot at Aguirre Springs and then drove back to the west side of the mountains to commence the hike. Absolutely amazing hike. It took us about 4 hours, but we had our 10 year old with us, so it could be done quicker. The peak is absolutely incredible. This is such a beautiful trail. I recommend taking at least a large water bottle per person and taking a break to have some lunch at the peak. Also, wear lots of sunscreen because you are directly in the sun almost the entire hike. Also, we did this hike the last weekend of March and it was really warm. I would not do this hike during the summer months because of the extreme heat and lack of shade. Love this hike!!!

hiking
1 month ago

(This review is about going straight through to the Aguirre Sprigs side!) Well-graded trail gradually rising to the saddle. Have to compliment the local service that maintains it. Went from there down to Aguirre Springs. If you're moving well, you can do it in 3-3.5 hours (the whole way to Aguirre that is). While we were at the saddle, we saw a missile launched from WSMR! The other side is easy going with alligator juniper sighted from time to time. No water at the other end at Aguirre until you go back towards the main road, but that's too far to walk.

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike in November 2017. Would definitely be concerned about the heat if doing this in the summer. Little shade. Water for dogs (and us) was important. Lots of rolling hills, very rocky trail. Good views. Took 11 year old and we made it 6 miles round trip. Very enjoyable hike.

hiking
6 months ago

Fun hike with a great view. Last bit before peak is a little rough. Watch for cacti! :(

trail running
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hiking
8 months ago

Monday, February 16, 2015