ElevationAscent: 2,415' 736 m
Descent: -2,416' -736 m
High: 7,762' 2,366 m
Low: 5,362' 1,634 m
GradeAvg Grade: 10% (6°)
Max Grade: 39% (21°)
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“A nice summit trail leading to the third highest peak in Texas with a stunning view.”— Dan.G. yorlig
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 run 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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Land Manager: NPS - Big Bend National Park