Emory Peak Trail

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Emory Peak Trail is a 8.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Terlinguo, Texas that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
8.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2,401 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

trail running

walking

forest

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.

hiking
3 months ago

loved this hike, and as it says.. well worth the effort!!

4 months ago

10.7 miles total. Chose to take Laguna Meadows trail to Southwest rim to Boot canyon tr/1.5 mile to Emory Peak, (the trail steps helped) woohoo!! adrenaline rush.

4 months ago

Grueling hike and the last 30 foot scramble isn’t for the faint of heart, especially on the way down. That said, my dad (72-years old) and I completed this hike in about 6 hours with many rest stops. The 360-degree views afforded from the very top of Emory Peak are only rivaled by the views from the South Rim.

hiking
4 months ago

This was a great hike. We started at 9 am from the Chisos Basin and returned by 3:30 pm. This hike will be a great workout as it has significant elevation gain and rocky trails to traverse. The trail is well-maintained with scenic views throughout the hike. Last 25 ft requires a boulder scramble which we chose to bypass, but found the vista nearby absolutely breathtaking. Bring lots of water on this trail. We consumed 3 water bottles each as the Texas sun can be brutal especially during summer.

hiking
4 months ago

Terrific day hike. Spectacular views from the top. Plan on 7 hours r/t. Bring at least 2L of water per person. Expect a bit of bouldering at the very top, which is quite doable but not for everyone. Gloves not necessary, but I was glad I brought a pair to protect my hands from scratches. Even if you don’t do the bouldering the hike is still well worth it. There are a number of primitive campsites sites sites along the trail for those interested in making it an overnight trip. We did the hike 3/25/18.

hiking
4 months ago

From the Chisos start point, I believe the trail comes out to 10.6 miles, but perhaps the app got it wrong. Overall, it was a fun trail with the best part being the peak where you can do some scrambling to see some pretty incredible views.

hiking
5 months ago

While there's cell phone reception (Verizon) from the summit there's none from Chisos Basin which is where the trailhead is located along with lodging, camping and other facilities. Chisos Basin does have great WiFi. I was able to access it from the parking lot. But again, no cell phone coverage.

hiking
5 months ago

Hiked up to the peak with my daughter. There’s a bit of a technical scramble to get up to the very peak, but if you’re not terribly afraid of heights, I’d recommend this trail to anyone. The peak view looking down on the basin was surreal and peaceful. We really enjoyed it.

backpacking
5 months ago

The trail to the peak itself has awesome views, the peak is the money shot though. About half way has a great view and is not too hard, good place to turn around if you're not up to hiking the whole 1.5 miles. There's a bear box at the start if you'd like to store your pack.


The last few hundred feet is tough, the last 15 feet is not for the weak physically or mentally. If you're in relatively good shape and not afraid of heights, take your time and you'll be fine. DO NOT be the reason they neuter this trail, know your limits.

hiking
6 months ago

Stunning, 360-degree views from the top. There is a scramble up the steep, rocky peaks at the end to reach the summit (there are two peaks, the right one being slightly higher). If you don't like heights or have younger children, do South Rim instead.
https://hikingtheworld.blog/2017/10/29/emory-peak-big-bend/

7 months ago

Great hike! It’s a workout and requires some bouldering at the end. Loved it!

hiking
7 months ago

best hike so far in all my hikes! The scramble to get to the peak was a little much for me but totally worth it!

hiking
8 months ago

Great hike. Highly recommended.

8 months ago

Trail was awesome we had a two-day hike up it. very challenging all the way up once you get to the peak the view is undescribable one of the most amazing views of ever seen all in all must do Trail.

8 months ago

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

8 months 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!

8 months 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
8 months 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
9 months ago

Not the easiest hike but the views were worth it.

backpacking
9 months 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).

10 months ago

Very difficult beautiful trail especially
for people used to low elevation hiking. Colima warbler spotted at the end makes 9 hr round trip well worth the effort.

hiking
11 months ago

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

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Great trail. Likely to see mountain lion if traveled in the dark. Lots of uphill work. A little dangerous at the top. Can get slick and slippery with rain. Bring lots of water! Beautiful scenery.

hiking
Wednesday, August 02, 2017

challenging hike w/ great views

Friday, July 07, 2017

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

hiking
Thursday, June 08, 2017

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.

backpacking
Monday, June 05, 2017

Great trail, awesome view at top. Some rock scrabbling to reach peak.

Thursday, June 01, 2017

We hiked the Pinnacles to get to Emory Peak. Beware! This hike requires very intense scrambling to get to the actual peak. Views are amazing!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Great trail for a day hike. Difficult but worth it. Did not do the rock climbing the last 25 feet though.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Except for the annoying bugs at the peak, the trail is amazing

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