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Baylor Pass on New Year's Day

This New Year's Day, let's have a good start at keeping ourselves more active and healthier for the year 2014. Let's do a hike pretty much anybody can do: Baylor Pass!

We will park at the trailhead at the west side, and climb to the pass, and come back.

The hike is on well maintained trail. So, rain or shine, snow or hail, we will do it! (I write it this way because I am powerless to twist the weatherman's arm to make sure that he will give us a fair day half a month down the road. But it sounds so good!)

DISTANCE is ~6 mi round-trip, out and back to the top of the pass.

ELEVATION GAIN is ~800 ft to the top of the pass.

FEES: None. Of course, if you carpool, please compensate your driver for gas!

DURATION: 3–4 hours. Hopefully finish no later than 1 pm.

PET FRIENDLY? Yes. Bring a muzzle (you shouldn't need be told to bring a leash).

SKILL LEVEL is intermediate. No whiners!

TERRAIN starts in the desert (with no shade), climbs to riparian forest (juniper, etc).

WEATHER call your weatherman before getting into your car.

AFTERWARDS we may get lunch. That is, if we are able to find some restaurant open.

MEET for carpool at:

•  Las Cruces: 9:00 am, K-Mart parking lot on North Main/US 70 and Del Rey, near Shell. GPS: [masked]°N,[masked]°W (see on Google Maps, OpenStreetMap, USGS topo map).

• El Paso: Please meet in Las Cruces and/or suggest a location in the comments.

• Baylor Canyon Pass West trailhead: 9:20 am. GPS: [masked]°N,[masked]°W (see on Google Maps, OpenStreetMap, USGS topo map)

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  • Randy

    Thanks Yubao for offering this on New Years. It was fun visiting with fellow hikers on an absolutely perfect day!

    January 2, 2014

    • Yubao

      You are welcome, The Hiker from Tucson, you are the inspiration of many hikers, including myself.

      January 2, 2014

    • Randy

      Why, thank you sir! Good to see you again.

      January 2, 2014

  • Sandra M.

    We had a great time . We loved hiking Baylor Pass with the hiking group. It was awesome !!!! What a way to began our new year .

    January 2, 2014

  • Andy S.

    Thanks for the Ride Yubao!

    January 1, 2014

    • Yubao

      You are welcome, Andy.

      January 2, 2014

  • Sheryl H.

    Yes we can understand why no clear headcount. Great hike and sunny day. Thankx Yubao for getting this together.

    January 1, 2014

  • Yubao

    Since there were at least three different starting times at the trailhead, I never got a clear total headcount . Looks like everybody had fun, that's the most important part. Thanks to everybod showed up and made this new year day adventure a success!

    January 1, 2014

  • Yubao

    Close to 40 hikers showed up for this hike. It looks like everybody's new year resolution was to get fit in 2014. Good start, everyone. The next step is just simply keep it up the rest of the year.

    January 1, 2014

  • Sandra M.

    Are you meeting for lunch

    January 1, 2014

    • Yubao

      We are at empire buffet now.

      January 1, 2014

    • Sandra M.

      Sorry didn't get your message until now . Went to eat at golden corral

      January 1, 2014

  • Timmy

    I will se you guys on the trail

    January 1, 2014

  • Sandra M.

    We are not meeting at kmart ?

    January 1, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Meeting time is at 9am...

      January 1, 2014

    • Sandra M.

      Ok

      January 1, 2014

  • steven

    will meet at trailhead

    January 1, 2014

  • Sandra M.

    Meet you at kmart

    January 1, 2014

  • Sandra M.

    We are on our way

    January 1, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am going to bail on this hike. Stayed up too late and had one too many martinis...Happy New Year all! Will catch the next hike!

    January 1, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Yubao, while hiking this, see if you can note any snow up Rabbit Ears Canyon.

    December 30, 2013

    • Randy

      Exactly. I didn't go up to the pond because of the ice. Only in shaded areas of course, and not as much of that in Rabbit Ears.

      December 31, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I have crampons for ice, but wouldn't want to use them up there. Rock dulls them quickly. I'm more or less just curious to their condition. No trips to the Organs planned anytime soon.

      December 31, 2013

  • Timmy

    I might be doing the whole trail instead of stopping at the pass if I have enough time.

    December 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll be at the trailhead at 9:20am too.

    December 31, 2013

  • Bert V.

    if im not out too late

    December 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry all. We have to back out. Again.

    December 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Be at the trailhead at 9:20am

    December 29, 2013

  • Carol B.

    I will be at Starbucks at Redd Road and I-10 ( El Paso) at 8 am, leaving promptly at 8:15 am. You are welcome to meet me there if you wish to carpool.

    December 29, 2013

  • Randy

    I'll also meet you guys at the trail head at 9:20.

    December 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will drive myself to the trail head, and meet you all there at 9:20 am. I am however a fair weather hiker, and if the weather is bad, I won't make the hike.

    December 27, 2013

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