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Emory Peak

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The highest peak in the park at 7,835 feet.

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Intense but rewarding hike

This was the most mentally challenging thing to do for me to get to the top. The last 1.8 miles is pretty rough terrain. Once you get to the top you have to actually hand and foot... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 15 January 2017
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

This was the most mentally challenging thing to do for me to get to the top. The last 1.8 miles is pretty rough terrain. Once you get to the top you have to actually hand and foot climb a huge rock to get to where the ranger antennas are. You will feel amazing once you reach the top.

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017 via mobile

Start early in the morning. We started at around 10 am and it became extremely hot since the trail is very strenuous and to complete the trail to the peak top and back took around 5-6 hours. Not a lot of shade as well. Take plenty of water and drinks as the trailhead drinks are very pricy. There are water... More 

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Greenwood, Indiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 December 2016

We ascended on the Pinnacles/Emory Peak trail. Near the summit, it is a vertical rock climb to reach the actual peak and not recommended for children or those afraid of heights. While the elevation change is significant, the many switchbacks make the climb easier although there are more "steps" than I prefer to have. We came down using three other... More 

1 Thank Larry D
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

This is a must do hike if you are in big bend. We had no trouble until we go to the last half mile of the trail. There it goes over uneven and loose rock which for us (over 60) was difficult. The final few hundred feet are a scramble up and exposed rock pinnacle which we elected not to... More 

Thank steve-USABoston
Dripping Springs, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

This is a challenging hike. It took us about 6.5 hours leaving from Chisos lodge. There are a lot of switch backs which make the climb easier and the trail is very well maintained. We didn't see any bears but they are in the area. You see a lot of different terrains as you get higher. The last portion is... More 

1 Thank Michele L
Pearland, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

The first part of the hike (Pinnacles trail from Chisos Basin visitor's center, 3.8 miles), was extremely well-maintained trail, built I am sure by the CCC in the 1930s. It is challenging but not difficult, just the long stretches of elevation gain. Lots of "stair steps" (logs, rocks to prevent erosion) make this a great trail. The South Rim trail... More 

Thank Mike R
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

This is a must if you are visiting Big Bend National Park.... the views are stunning when you reach the summit..

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Norman, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

This is an excellent hike to do if you are in the Chisos basin in Big Bend national park. Most people do day hikes to Emory peak. I have not gone to Emory peak since that part of the trail is less forested and more open, thus hotter. As you go up to the junction with the trail that takes... More 

Thank Sarracenia
Fort Worth, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2016

This hike (adding in Pinnacles Trail) totaled approximately 11 miles from the parking lot of the Chisos Basin. The elevation gain was a gradual ascent with a few places that were steep. A LOT OF STEPS! I dubbed one the "Exorcist" staircase and I think you'll know it when you see it. I would say this was strenuous because of... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2016

While staying in the amazing Chisos Mountains, I hiked the Emory Peak Trail. This hike is a must for those wanting an amazing peak view of the surrounding park. The final 1-mile spur of the trail starts off (from the Emory Peak trail junction) gradually under the tree canopy, then opens up with limited shade, then gets progressively steeper and... More 

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