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Emory Peak

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Address: Big Bend National Park, TX
Phone Number: +1 432-477-2251
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The highest peak in the park at 7,835 feet.

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Strenuous hike but great.

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 29 October 2016
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Boston
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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 

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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 

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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 

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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 

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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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Beaumont, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2016 via mobile

This is the highest peak in all of Big Bend. It is a fairly strenuous hike to the top but it is a beautiful view and well worth the climb. This is a hike that you will want to make sure you bring water on.

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2016

I hiked this peak twice last year and can't wait to get back. Being the highest peak in the park, and the sixth highest in Texas, it is a necessary hike when visiting Big Bend. The mileage is reasonable and very doable for a day hike (it took about 4 hours). The views are incredible - enabling you to see... More 

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Fountain Hills, Arizona
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 2016

Emory Peak is a tough climb. It's a beautiful hike with views pretty much the whole way. We say lots of birds which was fun. The final ascent is hand over hand scrambling and a bit scary for some. On finally reaching the top we were swarmed by bugs that drove us so nuts we only stayed on the top... More 

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