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Ascent of Baylor Peak on 2020-01-31

Climber: Alexander OConnor

Date:Friday, January 31, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Baylor Peak
    Location:USA-New Mexico
    Elevation:7721 ft / 2353 m

Ascent Trip Report

You can approach this mountain from either the East or the West. I originally planned on doing it from the East via Aguirre Springs bc I was supposed to go with friends, but when they canceled I opted for the longer route since I was on my own time (West via Baylor Canyon).

Getting there is straight forward and there's parking right off the main road. It appears that it's frequented by hikers pretty regularly. I went on a Sunday and encountered a handful of hikers. I ended up linking up by mere chance with an older gentlemen in his 70s that apparently is still kicking ass, named Robert. I enjoyed my conversation and hike with him as we explored the trail. We parted ways at the saddle. He was kinda bummed and so was I. He was really cool!

The trail itself is defined and well maintained. At the saddle you encounter a large pile of rocks. This is your mark to break off the main path and work your way North towards the mountains. Much to my surprise there's still a lesser maintained trail for a portion of the actual ascent. It does get pretty steep and there is loose rocks so bear that in mind on both your ascent and descent. It really isn't too bad. Some mild scrambling here and there, but I really didn't encounter anything that would exceed Class II. One might argue one tiny section as a super easy Class III near the top, but I didn't think it warranted it.

Once you're on the ridgeline just follow it to the top. Ignore that false summit. Once at the top there's another rock pile with a registry in it and an outstanding view of the Organs looking south and San Augustine Mountains looking north. I lingered up there longer than I should have as usual and found myself racing the sunset for my descent.

I found the cairns very helpful going down as I kept wandering off track. Made it to the saddle just before sunset and made haste the rest of the way. I still got to my car after dark. Overall, a good time! You'll want to be somewhat physically fit if you intend on doing this one. As always, leave no trace, and stay wild.

"Keep moving and using it, or you'll lose it!" - Robert
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Headlamp



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