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Emory Peak

Address: Big Bend National Park, TX
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Mountains, Nature & Parks
Activities: Hiking
Owner description: The highest peak in the park at 7,835 feet.
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Type: Mountains, Nature & Parks
Activities: Hiking
Owner description: The highest peak in the park at 7,835 feet.
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Aylesbury, United Kingdom
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57 reviews 57 reviews
18 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

Me and a couple of friends recently completed the Emory peak trail. It took us about 5 hours to complete the return hike. The scenery is awesome and the views form the top are breathtaking. The last part of the hike is a bit difficult because you have to climb up a small rock face up to the summit, but... More 

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66 reviews 66 reviews
14 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

I kind of decided last minute to do this on my last day, solo. Everyone else in my group was worn out and a snowstorm was rolling in, but I just had to do it. I left at 2:15 and hit the rocky scramble at 4:30; I was moving fast to beat sunset. There was ZERO visibility because of the... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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20 reviews 20 reviews
11 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Going through the woods, incline very doable. Enjoyed it. Took us 5 hours round trip. We saw a deer and a huge fluffy spider:)

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San Antonio, Texas
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131 reviews 131 reviews
65 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

This is a 12-mile hike (to and from included) up the second-highest mountain in Texas. So, be prepared to devote 7 to 9 hours to it. And, when you get to the top, be prepared to climb a gentle but-fierce-nonetheless rock wall to the very top. Given the short days this time of the year, understand that if you begin... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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58 reviews 58 reviews
28 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

Long but good trail. 360 degree view at the top. gorgeous up there. the hike took me (out of shape decent hiker) about 5-6 hours. I went slow and didn't push myself. There is a toilet stop at the crest of the ridge. the last few yards are near vertical rock climbs that look rough and scary but actually are... More 

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Houston, Texas
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

Everyone said it was all level or downhill after the initial mile or two. They were correct only if you have already made the climb and are heading back down. Experienced hiers (I am not that frequent a hiker) should have no difficulties.

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Lone Oak, Texas
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79 reviews 79 reviews
20 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 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
24 helpful votes 24 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
23 helpful votes 23 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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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 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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