Baylor Pass is a comparatively easier hike of the Organs with pretty well maintained trail.
We will start the hike from the west end of the trail. It is a bit over 3 miles from the parking lot to the pass, with 1,600 ft elevation gain. We will continue hike down the east side of the trail for about 2.5 miles to Aguirre Springs. The back trip will be the same route, with 750 feet elevation gain.
The total mileage is about 12 miles, with 2,400 ft elevation gain. It will take somewhere between 5-7 hours.
Depends on participation, hikers may choose to do only the west side of the trail and return from the pass directly, which could cut the length to approximately half.
To access the trailhead:
From Las Cruces: Take I70 east, exit at Baylor Canyon Road, drive south on Baylor Canyon Road for about 2 miles, look for Baylor Pass sign on the left for the parking lot.
From Alamogordo: Take I70 west, drive over the San Augustin Pass, exit at Baylor Canyon Road.
From El Paso: Take I10 west, then, I25, then I70 east.
Bring an extra layer or two of clothing, 3 liters of drinking water. The turkey might still be cooking, but bring something else to eat on the trail.