Emory Peak Trail

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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.

9.3 miles 2549 feet Out & Back

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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.

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1 day ago

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6 days ago

It's the best Texas has to offer! Definitely not a favorite but it has great views, occasional wildlife, and architectural plants. The trail's easy if you're fit. If not, it'll be a bit difficult at the 90% mark; it get rocky and you're pretty much bouldering to the summit.

15 days ago

Hiked it for the first time Friday. Excellent trail and had a great time. Well worth the time.

hiking
15 days ago

Our most challenging and rewarding hike to date, partially because we added a trip to the south rim via Boot Canyon Trail after coming down from the peak. It is doable as a day hike, 14miles, took us 11 hours, but well worth it, the views from the south rim were amazing and we had all of that part of the hike to ourselves. We were there in August and started our hike in 60 degree weather with a high of 85 by the time we got to the peak, so don't let Texas desert in summer scare you away, the elevation of Chisos range keeps you cool. BTW, if you climb all the way up to Emory, you will have a choice to scramble up a peak on your left, or one on your right, if you want to see the medallion, choose the one on your right. We chose the left and were too tuckered to scramble again knowing we had a lot more hiking in front of us

30 days ago

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

Great trail and great view at the top. Show up early and beat the rush.

hiking
1 month ago

This hike is, in my opinion, not difficult other than the length of it. It is worth every mile to see the incredible views the peak provides. Do yourself a favor and face your fear of heights and do the scramble to get to the top of the peak. It is well worth it! Definitely pack enough water and wear sunscreen as there is not a lot of tree cover from the sun.

hiking
2 months ago

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

hiking
2 months ago

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.

2 months ago

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3 months ago

Breathtaking 360 views at the summit. Last 25m scramble add a little spice a the very end as well.

3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

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).

4 months ago

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6 months ago

This is arguably the most difficult trail in Texas unless you want to include the entire South Rim loop trail.