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Emory Peak

Big Bend National Park, TX
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Mountains
Activities: Hiking
Description: The highest peak in the park at 7,835 feet.
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Lone Oak, Texas
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73 reviews 73 reviews
19 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

This is a great hike in the Park. We've done it a couple of times and hope to do it many more. Very good trail work and management, and a great way to see a "bigger" view of this wonderful National Park! It's not too difficult but you should be in good shape, and there is a little 4th class... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
5 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

When we started we couldn't really understand where the path would take us. It is somewhat confusing because it all blends with the nature so well. It was a hard climb also because it was quite windy and cold but, man, once we got up there there was no doubt how well worth it was!!

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Dallas, Texas
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50 reviews 50 reviews
17 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2014

This is a physically demanding hike that has a fairly rapid altitude gain with a rewarding view at the end. The scramble up the rocks to the summit can be tricky and not for those with fear of heights, but it's a lot of fun. There's still a good view between the rocks if you want to skip the scramble.... More

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gunnison, co
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2013

Despite what some people on this site say, this is a tough, grueling hike and not for anyone out of shape. It is not easy or even moderate and it is actually about 10 miles round trip from the parking lot. The Park Service lists it at 7 hours, which is probably a bit long- we did it in 6... More

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Dallas, TX
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013

The hike up to the Emory Peak trailhead from the basin is relatively strenuous. From the trailhead, it's about another mile to Emory Peak. Once at the top of the trail, you get to decide whether you climb up either side of the two rocky peaks. It's not a difficult scramble on either side, but it's not for the faint... More

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Aurora, Colorado
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41 reviews 41 reviews
24 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

One of the tallest mountains in Texas, Emory Peak is a relatively easy hike to the summit. Even with a bad pollution day, views to the south enable one to see hundreds of miles into Mexico. The mountains rise like waves into the distance. (If it's a perfectly clear day, one can see as far as the Rayleigh scattering effect... More

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San Antonio, Texas
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27 reviews 27 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013

To avoid the heat we hiked up in the evening and saw the sunset from the top, highly recomended. We camped out over night, there camp sites are secluded and unexpectedly well kept. We hiked back down the next morning. It was such an awesome experience, can't wait to do it again.

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Baguio, Philippines
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113 reviews 113 reviews
62 attraction reviews
116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2013

The trail was well-marked and clean. It's a strenuous hike to the top but the view was magnificent. The climb to the peak was confusing and scary since you need to climb rocks with no clear path. We eventually managed and saw a tree full of ladybugs while up there. We saw antenna and some panels. The view of the... More

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39 reviews 39 reviews
19 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2013

This turned into a huge disappointment due to the massive swarm of small flying insects that I have no idea what they were that seem to only live exactly at the summit of Emory peak. The trail to the summit was the most strenuous hiking we did in the park and actually reaching the summit requires climbing about 20 feet... More

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Dallas, Texas
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43 reviews 43 reviews
32 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2013

This hike is kind of a rite of passage for Big Bend hikers, if your capable, you just kinda gotta do it cause everyone will be asking about it when you start talking about this park. It’s long, hot (most of the year), and this is what you get to climb at the end of it. That really was the... More

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