Ascent of Emory Peak on 2015-12-25
|Others in Party:||Mom|
|Date:||Friday, December 25, 2015|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Elevation:||7825 ft / 2385 m|
Ascent Trip ReportChristmas Day 2015 Family hike in BIG BEND TX of the Chisos Mountains South Rim and Emory Peak.
This day would be an unforgettable Christmas gift from start to finish. Starting the morning leaving where we were staying in Terlingua (the Perry Mansion) at 7:00 AM. We were welcomed with a dramatic colourful sunrise painting the sky around the Chisos Mountain Range. Gearing up in the parking area, we were off on the trail by 8:00 AM. Our goal for the day was the ambitious full-route of doing the South Rim and Emory Peak. We quickly shed all our layers after 10 minutes, as the temperature was amazingly mild. We were never hot or cold all day. The ascent to the South Rim was a steady approach with just a few breaks along the way, an ever-changing eco-system of vegetation. We reached the rim by 11:00 AM. Words and pictures cannot do justice to the views we had. We had our lunch break and took photos for about 45 minutes before continuing onward.
The South Rim trail is a real hiker's treat - completely rewarding with many amazing views. Mom and Dad opted to take the Boot Spring trail while Emilie, Brice, Patrick and I chose to do the additional Northeast Rim trail. This turned out to be a really great choice, the trail was amazing, views incredible. The descent down to the opposite side of the basin was fairly quick. Arriving in the basin, we ran into people from Wisconsin that we had met the night before on the porch in Terlingua. Re-connecting with the Pinnacle trail, this part of the hike was beautiful. I should mention that the majority of this hike so far was in the shade, except for the sections on the South Rim. We reached the Emory Trail spur at 2:15 PM. We steadily trekked upwards, and caught up to Mom and Dad, carrying on to reach the summit at 3:00 PM. The summit required a brief scramble, which was fairly exciting. We had a fantastic family Christmas photo on the summit and spent a good 15 minutes enjoying the 360 degree views of the beautiful Big Bend landscape.
Descending from Emory Peak took another couple hours for the last 4 miles to reach the main parking lot. We had dinner at the Lodge (a Christmas buffet), and returned to Terlingua, where we hung out on the Perry Mansion front porch listening to a big time Mariachi band play some tunes at the Starlight Theatre. An epic family Christmas - could not have done it any better.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||3781 ft / 1151 m|
| Total Elevation Loss:||3781 ft / 1151 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||17 mi / 27.4 km|
| Quality:||7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail, Scramble|
| Weather:||Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy|
| Gain on way in:||3681 ft / 1121 m|
| Gain Breakdown:||Net: 2481 ft / 757 m; Extra: 1200 ft / 365m|
| Loss on way in:||1200 ft / 365 m|
| Distance:||13 mi / 20.9 km|
| Route:||Laguna Medow > South Rim > Northeast Rim > Pinnacl|
| Start Trailhead:||Chisos Basin 5344 ft / 1628 m|
| Time:||7 Hours 20 Minutes|
| Loss on way out:||2581 ft / 786 m|
| Loss Breakdown:||Net: 2481 ft / 757 m; Extra: 100 ft / 30m|
| Gain on way out:||100 ft / 30 m|
| Distance:||4 mi / 6.4 km|
| Route:||Pinnacle Trail|
| End Trailhead:||Chisos Basin 5344 ft / 1628 m|
| Time:||1 Hours 40 Minutes|
|Ascent Part of Trip: Chisos South Rim & Emory Peak Christmas Hike (0 nights total away from roads)|
Complete Trip Sequence:
Total Trip Gain: 3781 ft / 1152 m Total Trip Loss: 3781 ft / 1152 m
|2||Emory Peak||2015-12-25 b||3781 ft / 1152 m|
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