Emory Peak was our second hike in Big Bend. The peak was supposedly the most challenging day hike in the park and the second highest point in Texas, measuring 7,825 feet. The hike itself was decent, but not spectacular, 10.5 miles of switchbacks over rocky-dusty slopes. The trail’s monotony was broken up by spotting Mexican jays perched in juniper trees and observing red madrone trees.
The summit featured a narrow boulder section that we had to climb hand-over-hand to reach the very top. Unfortunately, I chose a route that got me in a precarious position, so I didn’t make it up the last rock pile. All in all, another trail, another trod, it deserved a victory flex.