Emory Peak Trail

10.5 miles round trip | ½ day hike candidate: No

About: So, most of this hike is the Pinnacles Trail. Now it’s time to complete the journey to the 7825’ peak. Mountain vistas amaze along the way. Once you get to the peak, you need to do a little rock climbing. Relatively easy to do for most anyone and fun, just make sure you have sure footing. Once you get to the top, it’s almost hard to stand up as you see how high you are and how far the land is below. Fear of heights can become very real here. The peak is solid rock and there is plenty of room for fellow hikers. The 360 views are jaw-dropping. Out of all the hikes in Big Bend, make it here, and you get a real sense of accomplishment. Take your time up there, relax, and take it all in.


Pros: Best mountain vistas in the park. Fun and self-fulfilling.

Cons: Long way up, but worth it. The last bit of the hike as you approach the peak is pretty steep.

Tips: Lots of water and (salty) snacks. When you get to the top – relax. Take your time. Soak it in. Think about your pics and ensure you get the right shots. It can be a bit overwhelming in your head when you get to the top – take deep breaths. Also, see tips from The Pinnacles Trail.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½