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Address: Big Bend National Park, TX
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The highest peak in the park at 7,835 feet.

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Great Hike! Our Kids loved it!

Our kids loved the hike. Our children ages 7-14 said this was the highlight of their trip. The hike took 6 1/2 hours round trip and the views were amazing...especially when we... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
shaqdiesel_12
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St. Petersburg, Florida
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St. Petersburg, Florida
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our kids loved the hike. Our children ages 7-14 said this was the highlight of their trip. The hike took 6 1/2 hours round trip and the views were amazing...especially when we reached the top!

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Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
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28 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2015 via mobile

Or so my husband says...I did not go the last bit up to the top. The trail is well maintained with A BUNCH of steps/stairs designed to make it easier. The hike was interesting with varied scenery. I would say it is a strenous hike but easy to traverse until the very last part where it gets really uneven with... More 

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Thank Danette J
Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

My friends and I recently hiked to the summit of Emory Peak. It was a 7 hour hike round trip and very challenging. Make sure to wear comfortable shoes and take plenty of snacks and water. I would not recommend this for a beginner. The climb to the summit can be very dangerous but the view of the mountains and... More 

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2 Thank linzraye00
Azle, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2015 via mobile

This is not for the faint of heart. Be prepared to scale a flat rock wall in order to reach the top. It's beautiful and well worth the hike! Special note to those with packs for overnight stay up on the mountain, drop your packs before you take the trail up to the peak. It's a solid 3.5 miles in... More 

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Thank KnD6813
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

This is a wonderful hike provided you are equipped with the right kind of shoes. Be prepared to spend a minimum of 6-7 hours to complete the hike if you are a novice at hiking. This hike does require you to be in decent physical shape or posses tremendous will power to complete. We did take close to 1.5 -... More 

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1 Thank Pramod M
San Antonio, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2015

The Emory Peak hike is rightly classified as a strenuous hike. It's a 10 mile roundtrip hike and rises almost 2500 ft from the base. The hike starts off from near the Chisos Lodge - take the Pinnacle trail that takes you up 3.5 miles. The Emory Peak trail branches off to the right from there for a further 1.5... More 

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2 Thank Anand1213
McKinney, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015 via mobile

This 5 mile uphill hike should only be attempted if you are in reasonably good shape. Remember that you are hiking over rocks and gravel. Wear really good hiking shoes. Even with my Cabela hiking shoes, the bottom of my feet were sore from the rocky hike. We saw people wearing tennis shoes and other footwear on the way up.... More 

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Houston, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

To say this trail was anything less than difficult would not be true. It was physically one of the most challenging things I've done in my life. That being said, I'm already looking for the next mountain to hike because the challenge is so very worth it. My advice to anyone planning on hiking Emory Peak that doesn't have a... More 

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5 Thank Kendall J
New Orleans, Louisiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

This was a much more challenging trail and I was glad I took my hiking pole. Many loose rocks on the trail and the trail was not well maintained. The grade is pretty significant and more demanding than the others so be sure to take plenty of water and food. I was wearing Keens, but made a decision to change... More 

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Fort Worth, TX
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

Emory Peak is certainly one of the classic hikes in Big Bend, especially due to its status as the highest peak. The trail is not too difficult, especially compared to peak hikes in other western states. The one way distance is 5.3 miles from the trailhead in the Chisos Basin. There is an elevation gain of a couple of thousand... More 

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