While we are still west of the Organ Mountains, don't miss the Baylor Pass West Trailhead. While this is a short hike, under two miles from the apex, the long steady incline remains a challenge at any skill level. If it becomes too easy to hike, try a jog. Or a mountain bike!
From Las Cruces, take 70 east toward the mountains. Just before the ghost village of Organ, when the mountains loom large, watch for Baylor Canyon Road to your right. Turn, and you are just a little over mile away from the sign for parking at the trailhead. The Google Map below will get you right there. Don't forget to turn around now and then. Even before you reach the summit, the views of Dona Ana Peak and town to the west are amazing.
Find below pictures and a Google Map.
Sign for Baylor Pass West Trailhead on Baylor Canyon Road, east of Las Cruces
First look back over town at Dona Ana Peak from Foothills at Baylor Pass West
Reaching the summit of Baylor Pass
Looking forward, to the east, a view of Missile Range Headquarters seen from Baylor Pass