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“emory peak”(14 reviews)
This trail gives a great hike with amazing views.
Big Bend National Park, TX
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All reviews day hike emory peak peregrine falcon great hike tired legs spectacular views bring plenty of water big bend weather was perfect pinnacle trail chisos basin great reward elevation gain worth the effort bear boxes saw deer take your time
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Reviewed 19 March 2016

There are two ways to access the South Rim and the loop included both. One way has gentler slopes than the other way. I preferred the steep slope going up and the gentler slope coming down.

Date of experience: March 2016
3  Thank Tuna77573
Reviewed 26 February 2016

Enjoyed the trail. Did the 9.6 version ,not the full 12 miles. Saw variety of scenery. Read that there were bryce like spires, found that to be a little deceiving. For the long mileage found windows and lost mine to be more spectacular

Date of experience: February 2016
Thank donnalynne59
Reviewed 19 February 2016

Really enjoyed the diversity on this hike, which stitches together the Pinnacles, Boot Canyon, and Laguna Meadows trails. (Add Emory Peak for an additional 3-mile up-and-down-again spur.) Total distance 12+ miles. We started with the Pinnacles so as to get the steepest part out of...More

Date of experience: February 2016
Thank VespagirL55
Reviewed 4 February 2016

This is NOT a strenuous hike, just a LONG one. The viewpoints are incredible, but when we went, the vegetation was all dry. So the scenery wasnt all that awe-inspiring. That said, the hike isnt bad for people with knee issues since the elevation gain...More

Date of experience: February 2016
2  Thank archanan2016
Reviewed 31 January 2016

great drive.... take your time lots of great views... amazing photo opportunities well worth it when you are in big bend NP

Date of experience: December 2015
Thank Steve M
Reviewed 30 November 2015

Long difficult climb and well worth it. Rewarded with spectacular views of 2000' drop-offs. Must be physically fit!

Date of experience: November 2015
3  Thank peter & mary s
Reviewed 31 October 2015 via mobile

Don't miss this hike! The trails are clear and easy to navigate. They have plenty of switch backs to make it easy. Most all hikers can make this journey.

Date of experience: October 2015
1  Thank KnD6813
Reviewed 7 September 2015 via mobile

Fantastic long hike. Go visit the rangers in the information center before heading up to make sure all the trails are open. (North rim sometimes is closed due to nesting) The view at the head of the South Rim is the best in Big Bend....More

Date of experience: September 2015
2  Thank christophgeorge
Reviewed 16 June 2015

This was my favorite trail - a real highlight of the mountains. We went up and down via the Laguna Meadow trail, and then walked the loop of South Rim Trail, Boot Canyon Trail and Colman Trail. It was a very varied walk, some forest,...More

Date of experience: June 2015
4  Thank NicLondon1
Reviewed 2 June 2015

This is a long (we measured about 13 miles) hike through scenery that's like most of the other hikes you will do in Big Bend. There is a bit of a climb to get up and out of Chisos Basin, and the walk through Boot...More

Date of experience: April 2015
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Response from savvyexploring | Reviewed this property |
So we ended up doing both and found it quite managable. For us the Emory Peak hike was a lot of fun but many people didn't make the final climb to the top due to the rock climbing involved. I would not say it was difficult... More