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Emory Peak, Big Bend National Park

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#5 of 12 in Nature in Big Bend National Park
Emory Peak, located in Big Bend National Park, is the highest peak in the Chisos Mountains. and the highest in Brewster County. The peak is named for William H. Emory, the chief surveyor of the U.S. Boundary Survey team of 1852. From the Chisos Basin the peak appears to be a minor ridge, while the summit of Casa Grande, one mile closer, seems to be much taller. From the west, Emory Peak is clearly visible as a point slightly higher than most of the mountain range.
The peak can be reached by a moderate hike on a well-marked path across steep rocky terrain with an elevation gain of approximately 2500ft. The Emory Peak Trail is about long. Once at the base there is a semi-technical rock scramble to navigate before reaching the summit. No gear is needed for this climb although hikers should take great care. High-desert flora and fauna including alligator juniper, pinyon pine, mule deer, sotol, and Texas madrone may be seen along the trail. There are signs warning of mountain lions and bears.
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  • Took us a total of 7 hours from start to finish...made several stops for pictures, rest and food/drink. Be prepared to climb,climb,climb! We did not make it to the tip top on the right side but did on...  more »
  • It was a well maintained trail, great signage, about a 2000 elevation change, stairs are on the trail to keep the terrain from degrading. Views were amazing... breathtaking. A few stops with benches o...  more »
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  • Great get away park to go hiking! The view from Emory Peak is mesmerizing, I really recommend it for a weekend trip or if you want to explore more of its surroundings a week will get the job done.
  • Very rewarding views for the reasonably strenuous effort to climb. The final ascents are twin 40 ft granite outcroppings which offer multiple non-technical routes making the final climb relatively easy. Leave your heavier hiking items in the bear boxes at the base of the trail.

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