Soccorro County Highpoint Trip Report

South Baldy (10,783 ft)

Date: July 26, 2004
Author: John Garner

Easy one-mile round-trip hike on road and closed jeep trail.

Take US 60 in Soccorro; go 16 miles west to signed Water Canyon Road. At Water Canyon Campground, turn left and continue up FR 235 to gate below summit.


FR 235 is gravel and steep but passable in passenger car. Also, summit is part of Langmuir Lightning Laboratory. Essentially, the entire top of the mountain is a giant lightning rod, with metal mesh over the ground surface to draw current. Stay away during storms!

Hike statistics: 1.0 mile round trip, with 300 feet of elevation gain.