Big Bend National Park’s trail crew has completed a multi-year project to reroute the popular Emory Peak Trail within the Chisos Mountains.
The new trail, which offers panoramic views into Mexico and of the northern reaches of the park, is designed to have sustainable grades and cut long-term maintenance costs. The trail is very enjoyable, while providing better accessibility to the highest peak in the park. Through the utilization of modern trail design and layout principles, it is also far less prone to erosion from rain and overall use.
The new trailhead access of the Emory Peak Trail is now located at the top of Toll Mountain Pass and is several hundred yards closer to the Chisos Basin than the previous trailhead. Visitors will find the new trail to be about a third of a mile longer in length, but the grades have been significantly reduced, making for an easier hike than the 25-30% grades on the old trail.
The Emory Peak trail work was made possible by funding from the park’s entrance fee program. This investment in a popular hiking trail is expected to be in use for many, many years to follow.
“I am very pleased to see the park’s fee revenue used to improve so many aspects of the Emory Peak Trail,” said Superintendent Bill Wellman. “This is an excellent example of the work the park’s trail crew accomplishes for the benefit of the park visitor.”