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Emory Peak

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 4.5 (39) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A nice summit trail leading to the third highest peak in Texas with a stunning view.


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9.8

Miles

15.7

KM

Out and Back

7,745' 2,361 m

High

5,364' 1,635 m

Low

2,427' 740 m

Up

2,428' 740 m

Down

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

38%

Max Grade (21°)

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Overview

Starting from the Chisos Basin Visitor Center, take the Pinnacles Trail to the Emory Peak Trail for a challenging ascent to an extremely rewarding mountain-top view.

Description

Start hiking along the Pinnacles Trail, which departs from a trailhead in the Chisos Basin Visitor Center parking lot. The Pinnacles Trail follows the same route as the Laguna Meadow Trail for a short while, but each respective trail is very well signed where they split. Follow the Pinnacles Trail through the Chisos Basin as it ascends the southwest wall. When there's a short reprieve from climbing where the trail crosses a meadow, turn around to take in a stunning view of the basin, and the entire Chisos Range to the north. Continue climbing, following switchbacks as the trail moves from the dry landscape of the lower basin to the more lush foliage found at higher elevations.

The Pinnacles Trail ends when you reach the ridge, and the junction with the Emory Peak Trail and Boot Canyon Trail. Follow the Emory Peak Trail as it heads south from the junction—is very well marked; you can't miss it.

There is a permanent bathroom at the beginning of the Emory Peak Trail, as well as two bear boxes maintained by the NPS. The bear boxes are very convenient as they allow for light hike up this trail. While the Emory Peak Trail is only about 1.5 miles long, it gains elevation pretty quickly.

The trail ends just below the peak. If one were to see the benchmark on Emory Peak, a 15 foot climb would be required.

The view is... ABSOLUTELY SPECTACULAR! On a nice day, a full 360-degree view is possible. One can see almost the entirety of the Chisos Mountains, and the Chihuahuan Desert beyond. The mountains look like they just go on forever.

Once you've taken in the view, head back down the Emory Peak Trail and then the Pinnacles Trail. And make sure you grab anything you stored in the bear boxes!

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Dan.G. yorlig

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Clouds cleared somewhat for a View of the Window.
Nov 20, 2016 near Big Ben…, TX
Sunset from The Window trailhead
Jun 28, 2018 near Big Ben…, TX
south west view off of Emory Peak (I can see Mexico from here!). One of my favorite photos from the trip.
Apr 30, 2015 near Big Ben…, TX
on Emory Peak
Mar 7, 2018 near Big Ben…, TX
On the Window View Trail
Oct 15, 2019 near Big Ben…, TX
Mexican Jay
May 4, 2015 near Big Ben…, TX

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Mar 12, 2021
Steven Mai
Mar 8, 2021
Charlie Beals
Lovey weather. Forgot sunscreen, big mistake. 9.8mi — 4h 54m
Mar 8, 2021
Noah Minnaar
9.8mi — 4h 00m
Feb 18, 2021
Charlie Hueber
Jan 30, 2021
Mia O'Brien
Strenuous, mostly uphill, climbing at top for last 0.5 mi 9.7mi
Dec 30, 2020
Joseph DeLuna
10.3mi — 5h 46m
Dec 27, 2020
Vj A
worth it 9.3mi
Dec 22, 2020
Steve Kirk