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Ascent of Baylor Peak on 2019-01-04

Climber: Fred Brown

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, January 4, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Baylor Peak
    Location:USA-New Mexico
    Elevation:7721 ft / 2353 m

Ascent Trip Report

To get to the trailhead: From US-70 go south on Baylor Canyon Rd for several miles, you will see the signed Baylor Canyon parking lot on the left. No fee to park. The Baylor Canyon trail is well traveled and easy to follow, heading to Baylor Pass about 3.3 miles away. At the pass head north on an obvious trail. The trail contours up along the west side of a ridge then abruptly ascends up the side of the ridge to Point 7250 (aka false peak). Point 7250 is south of the Baylor Peak and is less than a quarter mile away so simply follow the ridge to the top. The trail from Baylor Pass to Point 7250 is obvious and easy to follow. Cairns also mark the way. From Pt 7250 to the HP trail is no so obvious due to rock outcrops but given the short distance and obvious HP its not an issue. The distance from the pass to the HP is about a mile one way.

Baylor Peak can be approached from both the east and west. The Baylor Pass trail actually runs from Baylor Pass Rd (West side) to Aguirre Springs (East Side). The Aguirre Springs starting point is higher in elevation and a little shorter to the pass. The Aguirre Springs approach requires a day fee of $5.00 to park. It also has campgrounds.

Best to hike this mountain in cooler months, summer is hiking is brutal.



Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2871 ft / 874 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2871 ft / 874 m
    Round-Trip Distance:8.2 mi / 13.2 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2856 ft / 870 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2841 ft / 866 m; Extra: 15 ft / 4m
    Loss on way in:15 ft / 4 m
    Distance:4.1 mi / 6.6 km
    Route:Baylor Canyon Trl then Baylor Pk Trl
    Start Trailhead:Baylor Canyon Trailhead Parking Lot  4880 ft / 1487 m
    Time:2 Hours 15 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2856 ft / 870 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 2841 ft / 866 m; Extra: 15 ft / 4m
    Gain on way out:15 ft / 4 m
    Distance:4.1 mi / 6.6 km
    Route:Baylor Canyon Trail then Baylor Pk Trl
    End Trailhead:Baylor Canyon Trailhead Parking Lot  4880 ft / 1487 m
    Time:1 Hours 50 Minutes



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