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Baylor Pass - 2 members in 4 triplogs have rated this an average 4 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Mar 18 2015
The_Dude
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42 male
 Joined Jun 10 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Baylor PeakSouthwest, NM
Southwest, NM
Hiking avatar Mar 18 2015
The_Dude
Hiking8.60 Miles 2,845 AEG
Hiking8.60 Miles   3 Hrs   28 Mns   2.73 mph
2,845 ft AEG      19 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
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I had a work trip out to El Paso and Las Cruces, great chance for a hike! I had done the Baylor Pass trail a few years ago and enjoyed it, but inclement weather kept me from getting in the peak as well. Rain threatened again this time, but it just stayed cloudy with a few scattered sprinkles. I parked at the west side trailhead about 4 in the afternoon to begin my adventure. The Baylor Pass trail is in really good condition, nice consistent elevation gain to the pass with nothing too steep. Great trail through Oaks and Sotols, very little bloom yet since it is a bit early in the year. The trail to the peak is a bit faint in spots, but pretty easy to follow until you get to the first false summit. From here, it is rock hopping and picking your way over to the peak. There is about 1300' of gain in 0.8 miles, so it is good and steep for sure. This route was completely non-technical, but there were some spots where it was helpful to use my hands to keep going. Definitely not a trail for those that have a fear of heights...I took a quick break up top, but the wind was howling. I was in my usual hiking gear, t-shirt and shorts, so I headed back down before getting too cold. Caught a great sunset on the way out, and there was a bunch of yellow evening Primrose that had opened up and bloomed by the time I got back to my car. Great hike if you are in the area!
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Jan 01 2014
rwstorm
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73 male
 Joined Feb 28 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Baylor PassSouthwest, NM
Southwest, NM
Hiking avatar Jan 01 2014
rwstorm
Hiking6.70 Miles 1,565 AEG
Hiking6.70 Miles
1,565 ft AEG
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Decided to ring in the New Year someplace outside Arizona for the first time since 1978/79 (Midland, Texas). The Las Cruces and El Paso hiking meetup groups were offering this hike, so I joined in. There were about 25 people signed up, plus many others out on the trail enjoying the absolutely perfect day! I had wanted to hike this trail for quite some time, so this was the chance to do the western part of it. I will do the eastern part when I camp over at Aguirre Springs in a few months. Lots of fun seeing some new territory and talking with folks along the trail. :)
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Sep 19 2013
The_Dude
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42 male
 Joined Jun 10 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Baylor PassSouthwest, NM
Southwest, NM
Hiking avatar Sep 19 2013
The_Dude
Hiking6.92 Miles 1,774 AEG
Hiking6.92 Miles   2 Hrs   18 Mns   3.24 mph
1,774 ft AEG      10 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
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Work took me to El Paso and Las Cruces, so once again a New Mexico hike started looking pretty nice... :D The Organ Mountains have a great profile from the interstate, but there are some nice lush areas in there to surprise you! I hiked from the west side trailhead over to the east side of the pass and back. I had thought about trying a scramble up to Baylor Peak, which certainly looks doable, but there was a pretty quick storm moving in from the east. I got to watch the White Sands Missle Base get pounded by some rain from my vantage, and I ended up getting caught in the fringe of the rain on the way out as it was. Great temps, I started out about 4:30 and it could not have been much higher than 82 degrees. Insect life everywhere, thankfully no gnats or mosquitoes, but I did see a few tarantulas, thousands of ant and beetles, butterflies, moths, even a wily centipede. I am always amazed to see such beautiful Sotols in habitat, and not turned into pineapples like are so common in the Phoenix landscape.
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Apr 12 2013
imike
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71 male
 Joined Nov 05 2008
 Cloudcroft, NM
Baylor PassSouthwest, NM
Southwest, NM
Hiking avatar Apr 12 2013
imike
Hiking9.00 Miles 2,300 AEG
Hiking9.00 Miles
2,300 ft AEG
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Finally got out and hiked with Terri's Friday hiking group... nice bunch, and very nice day out. Fun trail!
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Baylor Peak
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average hiking speed 2.73 mph

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