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

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Huffed and puffed my way up!!!!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 19, 2015
Cindy G
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New Orleans, Louisiana
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New Orleans, Louisiana
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85 reviews
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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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London
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

This is a great trail - we walked up the Pinnacles Trail and the Emory Peak trail. Its quite steep in places and especially the Emory Peak (last mile or so) needs a bit of climbing towards the end - so wear proper shoes on this trail. The views from the peak are worth the effort! We took approx 5... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

Great views on the long climb up. Only downside is the very top is ledges/rock scrambles covered in millions of insects, so it is difficult to enjoy the view and to get a full 360 view. The trail is well maintained and on the climb there are amazing views. Really a great way to see the whole park and to... More 

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

Tough hike up the mountain, but the views at the end are absolutely worth it. Bring plenty of water, and plan for this to be your first and only hike of the day-- that is unless you want to do a small one afterwards in the evening. It will drain you! Such a beautiful experience.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Excellent excellent! The view from the peak is just awesome. Took me and my lady 4 hours up and 3 down with lots of breaks and detours. Another couple did the whole hike in 4 hours, so we obviously took our time to enjoy it.

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Coppell, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

Pure adrenaline rush surrounded by mountains and beautiful scenery. Started at the trail base at Chisos Mountains Resort. Started at 2:00 on a Wednesday and the weather was perfect. Only passed about 10 others on the trail all day.

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

The hike from the Chisos Basin campground up to the peak is long but steady - well maintained trails, and stairs on steep areas make it a lovely route to follow. The most important thing - if you suffer from vertigo to any degree, the final 50m will be very difficult. Personally, I missed the peak by a mere few... More 

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Aylesbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

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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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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