We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

Emory Peak

Certificate of Excellence
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: Big Bend National Park, TX
Phone Number:
+1 432-477-2251

The highest peak in the park at 7,835 feet.

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 79 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 63
  • 13
    Very good
  • 3
  • 0
  • 0
To The Top of Emory Peak

Did the hike with my Son and Son in Law. Followed Pinnacles Trail 3.5 miles to the cutoff. There is a compost toilet at the cutoff as well as bear proof boxes to store back packs... read more

Reviewed 13 April 2017
Buda, Texas
via mobile
Add Photo Write a Review

79 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Showing 79: English reviews
Buda, Texas
Level Contributor
21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 April 2017 via mobile

Did the hike with my Son and Son in Law. Followed Pinnacles Trail 3.5 miles to the cutoff. There is a compost toilet at the cutoff as well as bear proof boxes to store back packs. From the cutoff you have about 1.5 miles to the peak. This is a strenuous hike that gains 2500 feet on the way. We... More 

2 Thank RexM125
Anderson, South Carolina
Level Contributor
95 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 March 2017 via mobile

We couldn't park at the Lost Mine Trail so we headed to Emory Peak. This is pretty much an all day hike for as we are in our 60's and uphill all the way. (Both ways?). We had 2l. hydration packs and ran out before we got back. The last 25 feet or so is a "scramble" that is almost... More 

Thank OtPot
Houston, Texas
Level Contributor
16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 March 2017 via mobile

5.3 mile hike up with great views throughout the entire hike. The first 3.8 miles is the pinnacle trail and the last 1.5 is the actual ascent to Emory Peak. I am not going to lie, this hike was a lot more strenuous than I thought. I think only 15-20% of the hike was flat ground and the rest was... More 

2 Thank LNguyen24
Level Contributor
67 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017

From the Chisos Mountain Lodge (trailhead) its about a 6-7 hours round trip to the summit and back to the car park. The trail starts off fairly easy for the first couple of hours then it gets very steep with some zig-zagging up to the ridge. Along the well maintained trail I saw lots of wildlife. There were plenty of... More 

1 Thank NigelTufnell
Level Contributor
33 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

This was the most mentally challenging thing to do for me to get to the top. The last 1.8 miles is pretty rough terrain. Once you get to the top you have to actually hand and foot climb a huge rock to get to where the ranger antennas are. You will feel amazing once you reach the top.

Thank Johnny W
Houston, Texas
Level Contributor
58 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 January 2017 via mobile

Start early in the morning. We started at around 10 am and it became extremely hot since the trail is very strenuous and to complete the trail to the peak top and back took around 5-6 hours. Not a lot of shade as well. Take plenty of water and drinks as the trailhead drinks are very pricy. There are water... More 

Thank J_and_J_Travelers_12
Greenwood, Indiana
Level Contributor
84 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 December 2016

We ascended on the Pinnacles/Emory Peak trail. Near the summit, it is a vertical rock climb to reach the actual peak and not recommended for children or those afraid of heights. While the elevation change is significant, the many switchbacks make the climb easier although there are more "steps" than I prefer to have. We came down using three other... More 

1 Thank Larry D
Level Contributor
105 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 October 2016

This is a must do hike if you are in big bend. We had no trouble until we go to the last half mile of the trail. There it goes over uneven and loose rock which for us (over 60) was difficult. The final few hundred feet are a scramble up and exposed rock pinnacle which we elected not to... More 

Thank steve-USABoston
Dripping Springs, Texas, United States
Level Contributor
27 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 October 2016

This is a challenging hike. It took us about 6.5 hours leaving from Chisos lodge. There are a lot of switch backs which make the climb easier and the trail is very well maintained. We didn't see any bears but they are in the area. You see a lot of different terrains as you get higher. The last portion is... More 

2 Thank Michele L
Pearland, Texas
Level Contributor
101 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2016

The first part of the hike (Pinnacles trail from Chisos Basin visitor's center, 3.8 miles), was extremely well-maintained trail, built I am sure by the CCC in the 1930s. It is challenging but not difficult, just the long stretches of elevation gain. Lots of "stair steps" (logs, rocks to prevent erosion) make this a great trail. The South Rim trail... More 

Thank Mike R

Travellers who viewed Emory Peak also viewed

Big Bend National Park, TX
Big Bend National Park, TX
Big Bend National Park, TX
Big Bend National Park, TX

Been to Emory Peak? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Emory Peak and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question
Questions? Get answers from Emory Peak staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?