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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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
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 or dangerous, but if you have a fear of hights the South Rim may be the better option. We did both.
We are in our early 30s and active. We left at 9:30, got to Emory at 12, South Rim at 2:15, and back to the parking lot at 5. We went up through the Pinnacles Trail and back via Laguna Meadows Trail (which is not a meadow). Cover was decent on much of Pinnacles and Laguna but you are pretty exposed on the rest of the trails. Our feet got a few blisters and we felt it a little the next day, but not horible. We each carried a little over 2L of water, which was more than enough, at least in early March.
The view from the sumit of Emory is incredible, and the drop is extreme. I think that South Rim and Emory are different but equaly beautiful, but Emory is more interesting to get to, if you are into that. South Rim is very dramatic and there is a great lookout area.