The area of the Organ Mountains past Soledad Canyon was burned in 2008. This fire lasted for several days thus closing down the hiking trails in the Organ Mountains. Because of this there is not a lot of vegetation in the way but there is a lot of ash that gets kicked up when climbing the slopes. In April of 2011 another large fire occurred in this area that was caused by a round from an Abrams tank in the White Sands artillery range in the southern Organ Mountains. This fire also lasted several days and once again closed down the hiking trails in the Organ Mountains.
Getting ThereFrom Las Cruces, NM head east on University Ave. After a while it will turn into Dripping Springs RD. You will drive 1-2 miles past "A Mountain" then you will come upon Soledad Canyon Road. After about half a mile the road turns to dirt. Just before it turns to dirt turn left on Soledad Canyon Road again. Keep following this until it ends at a parking area. The trail-head starts at this parking lot.
Route to the top
The hike to the waterfall is 1.5 miles each way. After the waterfall it is about another 2-3 miles to the top of Baldy Peak. The first part of the hike to the waterfall is a very easy and flat trail. If you choose to climb the waterfalls it is about 100 feet worth of climbing (in multiple climbs, not all at once). The first climb is only a class 3 climb. The hardest of the climbs someone could argue is a low class 5. I would classify it has a class 4 climb. If you choose to go around it is a very steep and slippery climb. Once past the waterfall you will get to a stream which will once again be a easy flat hike. Once you reach the scree slope the hiking gets a bit rougher. It is somewhat steep and loose. After the scree slope the ground becomes more solid so the hiking becomes easier once again all the way to the top. When coming down if you are brave you can run/slide down the whole scree slope to make a quick descent.
Red TapeParking is only allowed after 8 a.m.
CampingThere are no developed camping areas near Baldy peak. However, there is a developed camping area on the other side of the Organ Mountains at Aguirre Springs.
When to climbClimbing is possible year round. Spring and fall months are the most comfortable. Spring however can be quite windy if you pick the wrong day. Winter can be a good time to climb also. It rarely is below freezing during the day being in southern New Mexico. Also if you get lucky you can choose a day with snow in the mountains. Snow in these mountains is a beautiful sight with no risk of avalanches. In the summer it can reach 100 degrees in the middle of the day even up in the mountains. Also afternoon thunderstorms are a risk. These storms can also produce hail along with the rain. If you go in the summer check the weather forecast before climbing.
External LinksSoledad Canyon
Organ Mountain Trails