Copper Canyon/South Baldy Loop

Socorro, New Mexico 87801

Copper Canyon/South Baldy Loop

Copper Canyon/South Baldy Loop Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"The Magdalena Mountains are a small jewel of a mountain range rising out of the deserts of central New Mexico. Their highest point, South Baldy, rises to 10,783 feet. The steep mountain face and grassy summits make possible dramatic views in all directions. The best way to take in the sights is to walk to the Magdalena Crest Trail 8 via the Copper Canyon Trail.

This long, challenging loop leads into the heart of the Magdalena Range, climbing the steep mountain face to the crest through one canyon and descending from the crest along another. The ascent up Copper Canyon is gentle at first, but steepens as it approaches the ridgeline; Water Canyon provides a gradual drop from the high country. Campsites and water are plentiful along the middle stretch of Copper Canyon but are limited in Water Canyon."

Copper Canyon/South Baldy Loop Trip Reports

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I found this trail physically challenging enough to be interesting but also manageable enough for me to be able to enjoy the spectacular scenery it offers. As you skirt the very top ridge of the Magdalenas, you'll see views that seem to stretch forever; don't rush this trail because you will surely want to enjoy them (and photograph as much as possible). Where the trail dips down below the ridge you still get lovely views of the mountain meadows, though you must also watch your footing as the trail cuts across a very steep hillside. Don't hike this on a windy or stormy day; save it for a calm, at least partly sunny day when you can really enjoy the views and not be afraid of being blown off the mountain. If you really want to get to know the Magdalenas, hike this trail.

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Trail Information

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Trail Type
Skill Level
April to November
USGS Magdalena and South Baldy
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