Emory Peak Trail via the Pinnacles Trail
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Big Bend - Emory Peak Trail
Miles Hiked: 9.40 Miles Elapsed Time: 6 hours, 30 minutes
My father (60 years old) and I hiked up the Pinnacles Trail then on to Emory Peak from the Basin. The Pinnacles Trail is 3.5 miles from the Basin (~5200 feet) to the top of the Pinnacles Trail (~7000 feet) and took a leisurely 1:48. From there, it is a few minutes down to the Emory Peak trailhead. There are two "bear proof" boxes for gear if you so choose to leave it here. The trail then goes up to the peak in 1.2 miles and about 800 feet of elevation. This trail is not difficult but all uphill. Also, if it is hot outside I bet it is arduous as there are several exposed spots as you near the top. Just before the top, there are a couple good rock scrambles about 20-30 feet all told. Also, to reach the actual summit, you have to climb the last 25 feet or so. It is allegedly an "easy rock scramble" per the guides, but if you have any issues with vertigo or fear of heights, bad knees, etc. I would not suggest it. Be happy with the 7800 feet, no one will dispute your summit :) If you do choose to go up the last 25 feet, then go up the rock outcropping on the right as it is the true summit. You can go up both with the same amount of skill and nerve. This not a particularly difficult trail but definitely not one for the ultra-casual hiker.
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