Peak(s):  Big Bend (South Rim) and Emory Peak - 0 feet
Date Posted:  11/24/2010
Date Climbed:   11/20/2010
Author:  apasquel

 Big Bend Fall 2010  

Big Bend Trip Fall 2010

Time: 11/20/10-11/22/10

Group: Me, Brad (Brother in law), Kevin, Drew, Cole (13 yr old and only youngster on trip)

I left on Friday the 19th from Ft. Worth to Austin to pick up Brad in the Prius. I arrived there at 8 p.m. and we got to Big Bend Chisos Basin at 3:30 a.m. The other guys arrived there earlier than we did and camped at the car campsites. We slept in the Prius.

We were all packed and ready to go!

Day 1:

TH-Started at the Chisos Basin TH at 10 a.m. and headed towards our first campsite via Pinnacles Trail. We arrived at Pinnacles 2 (PI2) in about 2 hours or so. High Chisos is dry, so you have to carry your own water. We were planning on being in the mountains for 3 days so our packs weighed near 50 pounds…if not 50+ pounds. Let's just say those first few hours were the most difficult. The pinnacles trail up to Emory Peak Trail is on the Northern side of the mountain…so we hiked in Junipers, Oaks, and different trees I don't know anything about. However, there were some trees that had fall colors…really pretty.

When we got to camp, we set up our tents and got set up for the day. Our plan was to hike to Emory Peak from this point. It was another mile up to Emory Peak from our campsite. So from the Chisos TH to Emory Peak TH it is 3.5 miles and almost 1500 ft of elevation gain.

Emory Peak TH branches of the Pinnacles TH and starts going up to the highest point in Big Bend. It is another 1.6 miles to the peak and an extra 800 ft or so to the top. The last 30-40 ft is an awesome scramble to one of the best views in the park. Brad, Drew, and I made it to the top. There is some exposure, but it is well worth it. After taking a few pics, we hiked about 2.6 miles back down to PI2 campsite.

Day 2:

Left PI2 at 9am and started heading back up towards Emory Peak TH so we can make our way to the South Rim. I believe the toughest part of all the High Chisos trails is the section between Pinnacles campsites and Emory Peak TH. You gain quite a bit of the elevation between these points.

We hiked 3.8 miles from our first campsite via the Pinnacles Trail and Boot Canyon Trail. After the Emory Peak TH…there is not much elevation gain to the South Rim.

The South Rim is stunning. Absolutely beautiful. However, make your way West around the Rim and you will be treated to the best views in the park on the Southwest Rim. There are some serious cliffs on this portion of the trail. We spent a few hours on the rim eating lunch, laying down, taking pictures, and enjoying this marvelous place. After all the time spent up there, we started to make our way towards camp 2.

After 6.3 miles of hiking our way around the Rim from PI2, we finally arrived at Laguna Meadows #3 (LM3) campsite.

Day 3:

We started early from LM3 and headed down towards the High Chisos TH via the Laguna Meadows Trail. This trail from LM3 goes down the whole way. We hiked 3.3 miles down to the TH in a little over an hour and completed our backpacking through the High Chisos.

Total Mileage for our trip, including side trips: 17.8 miles!!!!!! Chisos TH: 5,500 ft; Emory Peak: 7,825ft; Southwest Rim Highest Point: 7375ft.

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