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em gib reviewed Emory Peak Trail
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late review: i hiked this in december 2020. cool hike! i’m not super fit but love to hike, and i had to push myself but was super proud to summit. going up through pinnacles is pretty tough! great views though. rested for a bit on the pinnacles and south rim junction, then went to the summit. last half mile is walking on rocks, with a final 3/4 mile scramble that can be pretty intimidating. the reward is a magical view of the beautiful big bend region.

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I go to big bend a lot and this is my favorite trek.

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Allison Gunther reviewed Estufa Canyon to Banta Shut-In
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fun trail! rocks are cool. so I hiked this trail back in January so I don't remember exactly where this was, but on my way back from the shut in I noticed that somebody put a rock arrow in a wash that was NOT the correct route. I didn't mess with it because idk it might lead to something but it sure doesn't lead back to k-bar

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Theo Koulianos reviewed Pinnacles Trail
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It’s a great hike, but currently closed due to wildfire.

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Trail was excellent, definitely worth the trip. We backpacked for 4 days and 3 nights. Carried water in, if you need to do that consider going clock wise and not counter clockwise. Going counter clockwise might be an easier incline but there is almost no shade. So if you do it, do it early morning. Going clockwise is amazing. Toll mountain at sunset is a must see.

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Corey Brown reviewed Emory Peak Trail
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Great hike, not too busy when we started at 10am. Finished around 4pm

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Susan Butler reviewed Pinnacles Trail
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Great trail to come down from the south rim. Interesting terrain ... craggy rocks , streams, meadows and some kind of forested areas too

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Tim Moore reviewed Marufo Vega Trail
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Great hike. I am a superior athlete that trains 3-6x per week, both weight training and hill running. This hike is no joke. Strenuous and totally exposed, but worth the gruel. I also had a professional soccer player with me who is a freak athlete. The kid can do anything. And even he admitted it was one of the hardest hikes he’s ever done. Not to mention he’s had 4 ACL surgeries. Pack plenty of water!!

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Caitlin Essex reviewed Pinnacles Trail
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We did the laguna meadow on the way up and pinnacle on the way down. It was great, and amazing views. We did both to have more views. I would recommend the way we did it if you want to see both sides but it ends up being about 10 miles overall because you hike the Colima trail to connect between the two.

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Sean Moncur reviewed Emory Peak Trail
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Great hike! Really varied terrain, you get to look both north and south at the mountains, and the top gives 360 degree views. The scramble at the end is no joke, but if you're comfortable having an edge to either side of you (about 3-4' away usually) it really wasn't that hard to make my way up or down the scramble. Plenty of hand and foot holds!

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Well maintained, I recommend going clockwise. Takes about 8 hours. Pack a lot of water!!

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This is the best mid-length hike in the park, in my opinion. Even at 15.5miles (3 miles Emory Peak Spur) I would rate this at the low end of difficult. The climbs and descents do not have the large steps as on other trails. Highly recommend this trail.

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Great trail! Recommend clockwise

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Rhys Williams reviewed Emory Peak Trail
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Great hike. Long journey, lots of elevation gain. Last bit is pretty much a rock climb. So worth it!

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Beautiful

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Charles Trimmer reviewed Blue Creek Trail
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One way into the basin, so it only works if someone picks you up at the end. Starts at Homer Wilson Ranch trail, then takes the blue Creek trail, and ends with the Laguna's meadow trail. While the start of the blue Creek trail can be tricky to follow, the view along the way was gorgeous

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Nick Schroer reviewed Emory Peak Trail
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Beautiful views throughout the hike and even better 360 views at the end. We saved this one for last (did 6 in the park on this trip) and it was my favorite. The 50 foot or so scramble to get to the peak at the end could be intimidating if you’re afraid of heights, but isn’t anything too crazy. If you feel comfortable on ladders I’d think you’d be just fine with this. Lots of hand and foot holds. The peak is on the right at the end and has incredible views. There is also an easier to access viewpoint on the left at the end of the hike. Lots of elevation but there is shade for most of the hike. We did it in the morning and was a great day hike.

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Dara Leonard reviewed Marufo Vega Trail
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Just did an out and back. Deserted trail. Didn’t see anyone else the whole time. Very peaceful.

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Steve Nance reviewed Outer Mountain Loop
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I’ll just echo everyone else and say this is an incredible hike and a must do on your hiking list! I hiked with 3 other people in February 2021 and completed the Outer Mountain Loop with a side hike down to the S. Rim over 3 days/2 nights (about 34miles). We cached at Homer Wilson then set out clockwise from Juniper Canyon Road. Our first night we camped a few miles before Homer Wilson on a great hilltop with a sunset view. The next night we had a reservation at Laguna Meadow which is quite nice and had a group of deer walk right through our campsite. After setting up camp and dumping our gear we walked down to the South Rim and captured a great photo opportunity just before sunset. We rounded out the trip the last day hiking down juniper canyon back to our vehicle. A few thoughts on water: most of our group carried 4-5 liters across the desert and some had extra at the end. We had cached plenty at Homer Wilson and actually had extra. Due to snow the week before, we melted and filtered snow up at Laguna Meadow which made for excellent fresh water, but there was water at Boot Canyon, although it was covered by leaves and had a slight leafy taste, but plentiful. We did not seek or see any water in Juniper Canyon. There was a report from a woman we met about rattlesnakes in the desert so she had reversed course to counterclockwise to avoid them. We saw several deer only, including in the desert at a watering spot, but no other large animals. The road up to Juniper Canyon is rugged and we had a 4x4 rental pickup but met a guy with a Subaru and he made it just fine. It’s bumpy so clearance is important, but it’s gravel so no mud issues. Assume 1.5 hours each way. Hope this is helpful!

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Absolutely stunning. I didn’t do Emory Peak so it was a 12 mile loop. South Rim was gorgeous but the winds coming up were so strong, it was impossible to have lunch there like I planned. Dust came in later on during the hike which made visibility drop but was nothing too concerning. Will definitely be back for Emory Peak!

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Cord Dover reviewed Emory Peak Trail
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Awesome trail. Definitely a good climb up, but well worth it. Great views. Scramble to the peak is not for the faint of heart.

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Travis Wilson reviewed Marufo Vega Trail
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6-7 Dec 2020 I’m 52y and a solidly built 5’11” 185lbs, I train 4-5x week with a combination of resistance and cardio. I backpacked this trail with my 18y daughter who is a college soccer player. We set out in the afternoon. It was sunny with no clouds or threat of rain. In spite of the cool ground temperature 60-ish, the sun made it feel significantly warmer. We each brought 6L of water and our packs were prepared for an overnight stay. This is a demanding hike hike that pays off in the form of beautiful sight lines and scenery. To state this trail is spectacular is understating the experience. The isolation from other people on the trail adds to the beauty and sense you are out there “in it.” It should be noted there is zero cell service on this trail. The isolation and disconnection adds a measure of danger. I have some skills owing to my time in the military, and my daughter is an elite athlete. That written, as I reflect back on our hike I wonder if we took some chances? The lack of water sources on the trail, the difficulty of the hike, and the isolation make this trail inherently dangerous. If I were to tackle this trail as an overnight backpacker again, I would make some changes: 1.) I would approach this trail with a thru-hiker mindset regarding gear selection. Look to shave ounces everywhere as there are difficult climbs. 2.) I would carry some type of satellite communication device. 3.) I might consider a adding a third hiker. One last thought: I can’t imagine attempting this trail May-Oct. This was a magnificent hike. Top three all-time on my list.

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