Nothing exceptional to report, but I did start early enough to have the peak and most of the return to myself even though it was Easter Sunday.
We set out from the Basin trail head at 8:00, hiking up the Laguna Meadow Trail. About half way to the first saddle we encountered a mother black bear and her two cubs. We watched them for about 20 min. before moving on. We basically circled the peak before the final scramble to the top, following the Colima and Boot Canyon Trails to the Emory Peak Trail. The view is spectacular and it was a clear day with decent visability. We ate lunch and took pictures before hiking down the Pinnacles Trail. The kids rushed ahead to report the bear sighting to the Ranger Station while my wife and I ambled into the Basin area at 4:30 PM. We were hot, sore, dusty and hungry but it was well worth it.
I the clouds were very low, so it was nice to hike above them.
got to the peak with a couple of friends around noon and had the place to oursleves, gorgeous views
My dad and I decided to hike to the top of Big Bend on a trip to Boot Springs.
The second mountain I ever climbed. Took a road trip from Dallas with high school friends before we all went to college. Left a bottle of champagne under the rocks on the summit. Wonder if it is still there...
Wonderful view of Big Bend!
cool side trip off the loop to make for an exciting, exhausting 17 mile tour of the Chisos Mountains. Or this makes a good, short destination hike in itelf. There is a little bit of slightly exposed class 2+ scrambling at the very very end, but you must do it to get any kind of view. The summit is the highest point in Big Bend. I've been up here a couple of times and there always seems to be about a million ladybugs. This whole area is one of the coolest hikes in Texas!
a walk up all the way to top with a bit of climbing/scrambling over last 50 feet or so, good views, warm, even this time of year
Y2K didn't stop us from the top! It was a great place to ride out the unrealized collapse of Western society. Beautiful day.
Good views and good conversation with a group of funky German tourists en route from Mexico to who knows where.
Nice hike. Too bad there was a lot of flies at the top that drove you off the top quickly. Nice day. Lot of people.
Very Crowded trail at start . At the summit with two others very good views in all directions. The day before climbed Lost Mine peak a difficult bushwhack through much creosote bushes and cacti.Very cool time in Big Bend .
Sweet hike, with a tiny bit of exposed scrambling. Too bad there was nothing to see but antennas because of the fog and the rain:(
A great hike followed by a fun summit scramble. The only downer.......fog and overcast prevented a view. Otherwise....a great day!
My first Chisos Summit (1st Texas Summit for that matter). I loved it. Such a unique place. A great hike with great friends ....not a bad way to spend an afternoon!
This is a nice dayhike if you are in the area and the views from the top are fantastic. On one trip the clouds were passing through us on the summit before rushing down over the edge into the Chisos Basin.
Great hike up. Be aware that the last 30 feet or so
rquire a scramble. Well worth the time, the views were
great both ways.
I watched the sun go down from atop Emory Peak on a beautiful, clear December evening. It was perhaps the most incredible sunset I had ever seen, mixed with the expansive views south into Mexico. Emory Peak is probably not a destination in itself, but it is certainly an excellent side trip off of the Chisos Mountain/South Rim trail.
Enjoyable, considering that I was going to school in flat Houston at the time.