Emory Peak Trail

HARD 74 reviews
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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.

DISTANCE
9.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2355 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

hiking

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

no dogs

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.

1 day ago

A must do trail, not too steep or strenuous compared to many other peaks in the area. Took about 4 hours in total

12 days ago

Wow, great trail w beautiful scenery the entire way. Deceptively long for me up and down you get glimpses of the end only to realize they are still quite far. Did rock scramble at the top but did not enjoy any part of it, ha!

16 days ago

Awesome hike not for the faint of heart! The trail is shady for the first 3.5 miles or so, mostly uphill. Once you get to the bear boxes/ bathroom your challenge truly begins. Lots of elevation gain in direct sunlight to get to the peak. Once you get into the final tree line, it’s good to take a rest, the final scramble up is pretty intense. Don’t look down! Unless your into that kinda thing, happy trails!

backpacking
20 days ago

first, a note for backpackers: THERE ARE BEAR BOXES @ THE PINNACLES/BOOT CANYON/EMORY PK JUNCTION FOR BACKPACKERS TO STOW PACKS.

views are even better than from the rim, except for the annoying solar panels. the emory peak trail itself is only a ~1.5mi spur off the boot canyon/pinnalces junction, and that 1.5mi is relatively easy save for the last ~100 vertical feet. the last 100 is in part a technical climb that for some reason doesn't seem to be broadcast sternly enough to visitors. seriously, please be honest with yourself about your capabilities and those of your companions. don't endanger yourself and others by attempting the final scramble if it's not easily within your physical capabilities - imo, you should not do the last 100' unless you can complete a pull up, push up, and a dip (even when fatigued from a long hike) and you know for certain that you do not freeze when exposed to extreme heights. unfortunately, i imagine it's only a matter of time till people die up here and the route ends up scarred with chains like angels landing

hiking
1 month ago

Not the easiest hike but the views were worth it.

backpacking
1 month ago

This was tough one for me with the increase in elevation and rocks to climb around towards the end. However, it is all well worth it at the top. Fantastic view of the park and birds eye view (with the birds or crows).

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3 months ago

Challenging but worth every second! Beautiful views are worth the sore feet after. Can't wait to do this one again!

4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

challenging hike w/ great views

4 months ago

hiking
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5 months ago

8 hours, hard on the feet , the view from the summit is worth every blister !

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hiking
6 months ago

Wonderful hike, this was one of my favorites! Long, with some steep spots, but very enjoyable and plenty of nice places to rest if necessary. It was less populated than some other trails and other parks, which was a huge plus.

6 months ago