Texas, United States
Emory Peak is the highest peak in the Chisos Mountains, located in Big Bend National Park, Texas. The peak is named for William H. Emory, the chief surveyor of the U.S. Boundary Survey team of 1852. From the Chisos Basin the peak appears to be a minor ridge, while the summit of Casa Grande (one mile closer) seems to be much taller. From the west, Emory Peak is clearly visible as a point slightly higher than most of the mountain range.
The peak can be reached by a moderate hike on a well-marked path along steep rocky terrain with an elevation gain of approximately 2500'. The Emory Peak Trail is about 9 miles. Once at the base there is a semi-technical rock scramble to navigate before reaching the top. No gear is needed for this climb although hikers should take great care. You will see high-desert flora and fauna including Alligator Juniper (Juniperus deppeana), pine, deer, prickly pear cacti, etc. There are signs along the trail warning of mountain lions and bears.
The view from the top takes in most of the northern section of the Park and a good portion of the Chisos range to the south. One surprise at the top for some hikers is the population of lady bugs on the summit. There are solar panels, radio transmission equipment, and antennae at the top.