Emory Peak

Elevation (feet): 7,825
Elevation (meters): 2,385
Continent: North America
Country: United States
Range/Region: Southwest Basins and Ranges
State: Texas
Latitude: 29.2458
Longitude: -103.304
Best months for climbing: Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Oct, Nov, Dec
Nearest major airport: El Paso
Convenient Center: Terlingua (30 miles), Marathon (100 miles)

Thanks to Scott Surgent for adding this peak.

The highest peak in Big Bend National Park in West Texas. An excellent trail gains about 2,500 feet in about 3.5 miles through moderate forest cover. Tremendous views all around, right in the heart of the Park. The trail tops out at a ridge. The final portion is a steeper, one mile push to the top along rockier trail, with the final 30 vertical feet requiring easy scrambling up rock. There is minor exposure on this final portion. Total mileage to the summit: 4.5 miles. Fall/Winter/Spring are the best times. Summer is very hot; Fall may have thunderstorms. This trail is part of a huge network of trails in the park. There are many campsites along this route, requiring reservations at the Chisos Basin Ranger Station, at the trailhead.

Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

There are 7 trip reports for Emory Peak.

Select any entry from the list below:

  • Log #21241 - by Paul Hohle on Apr 03, 2008
    Incredible views. The last 40 feet was covered with Lady Bugs
  • Log #13835 - by Frank and Michelle Lanter on Sep 19, 2004
    Wonderful view of Big Bend!
  • Log #13836 - by Lynn Ford on Mar 03, 2003
    I have summitted Emory Peak 3 times. Once solo, and once with each step-son. It's a great hike with great views of the basin, casa grande, lost mine peak and south rim.
  • Log #13837 - by Jon Trauth on Feb 11, 2003
    Great Solo hike On my way to do the highest peak in Texas that evening Great sleep at the emory peak campsite
  • Log #13838 - by Dave Jursevich on Jan 06, 2003
    Windy and cold. My wife En Lee, daughter Rachel (10 yrs old), son Aaron (7 yrs old) and I all summited and enjoyed the beautiful views of Big Bend, a truly magical place!
  • Log #13839 - by WIll Smith on Dec 31, 2002
    Great view, and a good hike, spent the night at emory camp. Then climbed up again the next morning for some awsome sun rise pictures.
  • Log #13840 - by Bill Harrison on May 30, 2001
    This was really a nice hike. The scenery and vistas were beautiful and unusual for someone from Kansas. The last 40 yards or so is a real scramble to the top, but worth the effort.