Emory Peak Loop via Pinacles & Laguna Meadow is a 11 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Terlingua, Texas that features beautiful wild flowers. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, walking, and camping.

11.0 miles
2,824 feet






wild flowers




no dogs

12 days ago

I really enjoyed this hike. I'm pretty new to hiking, but relatively fit. I live at sea level, so the altitude was a bit of challenge too.

The first leg of this hike is the most difficult. The hike up the Pinacles is steep, full of switchbacks, and long enough to make you work for it. That said, there are some stunning vistas of the rest of the Chisos mountains.

Once you complete the first leg, you get to the splinter off for Emory Peak. This was an easier leg, but still challenging, especially towards the end. I was racing a thunderstorm up the mountain, and wish I had a little more time at the top.

The last 50 feet or so was pretty challenging for me. I have a 'healthy' fear of heights, and it took a lot of nerve for me to actually get up on the mountain. The view is something else though.

After you summit, the remainder of the hike is almost all down hill. The short leg of the Colima trail has a bit of climb, but it's not bad.

I did this hike in Early October, and there was quite a bit of cloud cover. I still went through almost 5L of water. Bring lots of water. I was able to complete the loop in a little under 6 hours, but I was really pushing it on the way up.

8 months ago

OK let me say first off, I have never backpacked before so this was pretty tough for me and my buddy with me.

We got started at about 11, and got to Colima campsite at about 6. Going up Pinnacles with a 25lb pack was brutal, I wouldn't have tried Emory Peak had there not been a bear box to store my pack. Laguna Meadows Trail going down was pretty easy. All trails are easy to follow and all campsites and splits have signs. All in all awesome hike, with great views. Only saw one piece of trash the entire hike, and I picked up.

8 months ago

Great hike with stunning views for just about the entire route. Rock scrambling required at the end to reach the Emory Peak summit.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Love this hike! Do it every-time i visit BBNP

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Beautifully maintained trail with great views and lots of birds and wildlife. The climb on the Pinnacles Trail side can be arduous at times, but generally moderate and a very peasant stroll down the mountain on the Laguna Meadows side.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Anything in Big Bend is awesome

Monday, May 19, 2014

I've made the trip 7 or 8 times over the last 20 years and it is one of my all time favorites. SW #4 campsite is primo. With a quick walk to rim you will find a natural rock bench on the edge of a cliff where you can take in some of the most spectacular views you will ever find.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Found this to be hard, the extra weight of 3 gallons of water was the killer. Several great views along the way to the final view on south rim. Camped at NE2 and enjoyed the sunrise the next morning. Hike down was just as hard, all in all it was worth it.

Monday, September 05, 2011

Tough! But worth it! Beautiful mountains full of crags and other erosional features. Also, an occasional interesting array of volcanic rock. Massive switchbacks!

Advice: Use this as your trail down out of the High Chisos or from Emory Peak, not up.

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