Once in Las Cruces we headed east to Baylor Canyon Road We parked at the junction of the Baylor Canyon Road and the Modoc mine road turnoff.
From the Yellow Rocks it was a steep climb up to the Gray Emminence.
Once we had ascended to the top of the canyon, we descended a bit on the east side of the mountain and then ascended a short class 3 pitch to a small ridge which led to the summit. We each took turns standing on the small summit block and took some photographs.
After signing the register we started on our descent. Since the trails were full of loose rocks and scree we decided it would be best to spread out a bit to prevent the higher hiker kicking rocks down onto the lower one. This plan worked well and we made fairly quick time back to the saddle where we were reunited with Annie. After a short rest at the saddle we were ready to continue our descent. Again, we left plenty of space between ourselves to avoid kicking rocks onto each other. The loose scree of the trail made descent difficult and at one point I fell hard directly onto my right arm. The fall took me by surprise and I let out a groan that I've never heard myself make before. I initially thought that my arm might be broken, but after a minute I found I could move it pretty well. It turned out just a bit bruised, swollen and scratched.
While my fall turned out to not be a big deal, about five minutes after my fall, Annie twisted her knee. This turned out to be serious as she could not put much weight on it. We were only about half way down the rough, scree-filled trail and carrying Annie down would have been difficult, if not impossible. Luckily she was able to slowly make her way down on her own power. Still it was a slow process and Annie was forced to basically crawl backwards down the steepest, slipperiest sections of trail.