Emory Peak Trail is a 9.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Terlinguo, Texas that features beautiful wild flowers. The trail is rated as difficult and primarily used for hiking and walking.
This is a roundtrip hike to the highest point in Big Bend National Park (7,832'). The last 25 feet require a scramble up a sheer rock wall, but your reward is the ultimate panoramic view! From the Basin Trailhead take the Pinnacles trail for 3.5 miles. At this point, the one mile trail to the summit cuts off and heads upward. For fantastic views and solitude, this trail is hard to beat! Most hikers require approximately 5-6 hours for the roundtrip journey.
A truly unforgettable view. Was backpacking the Chisos and was lucky enough to be camping on Toll Mountain, so it was easy to pop up Emory for sunset. I was alone, and aside from the pesky antennae thing up there it was perfect. Can't attest to the difficulty coming from the Basin up, but I can say that it's worth it. You are entirely exposed so it can get windy up there, bring a layer. A special hike in the special place that is Big Bend. Happy trails
One of the best hikes I have ever done. It was early May, and we started around 5 in the morning, since it was surprisingly hot for that time of the year. We camped at the Rio Grande Village Campground the previous night, and it was awful to say the least. Hot and the mosquitoes tried to eat us alive, we hurry into the tent since there was no warning at all. Inside it was just a steam room, either that or the mosquitoes. A lightning storm broke around 2 in the morning, and we had to get out of the tent and put on the rain fly, no sleep at all, but we were determined to make it to the top of Emory Peak that day. Broke camp at 5 AM, got backpacks ready, and off we go. The plan was to have some breakfast before the hike, but we had a nice healthy dinner, and were so tired of being in the tent the whole night, that we decided to skip it all together and just go for it. The views along the trail were just breathtaking, stopped numerous times to take pictures and videos, nobody on the trail. The last half mile it's steep, you can feel it, but well worth it. Before you get to the top, there's a small, very exposed rock climb to the very summit. We found some people at the bottom that just did not want to take the risk, understandably so, we thought about it ourselves. At the end we decided that that was exactly what we were there for, and went for it. It wasn't that bad at all, just keep three points in contact with the wall, ignore the drop off (easier said than done!), and you're there. Oh boy, what a treat, just sat there for about an hour taking in the view. What a treat for the soul, I felt that I got what I came for, I was at peace with myself.
Breathtaking 360 views at the summit. Last 25m scramble add a little spice a the very end as well.
Amazing hike, not steep anywhere really but the scramble at the end to the peak. This is a true scramble, not too difficult (prob about 50ft) but well worth the unobstructed views from the highest peak in Big Bend.
Also on the trail, there are tons of small loose rocks so judt watch out for those (hiking poles help here).
This is arguably the most difficult trail in Texas unless you want to include the entire South Rim loop trail.
Loved the hike and the views from the top. Did you see the boot? Going to hike this again. This will be the last leg of a monthly hike at 11 different state parks in Texas.
Very beautiful and moderately challenging path. At the very top there is a scramble on a lot of rocks with have cliff faces but it was amazing! The view is unlike any other.
Nice hike, let's go again!
Moderate grade and lovely scenery throughout. The Peak false summits once - wonderful Texas trail. A bit of fun scrambling at the end for the adventurous soul.
This is a tough hike, with a lot of elevation gain and exposed, windy paths. The distance straight to the peak and back to the Chisos Basin is about 10 miles. The difficulty is worth it! The forest high in the Chisos Mountains is beautiful and wildly different than the desert of the park's floor. There are colorful birds and other animals around. The peak itself requires a scramble (not too difficult, but put your fear of heights aside!) and you want to scramble up the RIGHT pile at the end of the trail. The views are worth the trouble!