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Personally, I think the view from the South Rim is better than from Emory.
As scrambles go, it is really not that hard.
You can get to the base of the peak itself and decide then, of course. While steep, the trail to that point is not otherwise that difficult (or scary). It is only the last 20-30 feet or so where scrambling is required to get to the very tip top. As scrambles go, it is really not that hard. Going down a scramble is always more difficult that going up. The very top is a little dicey because there's not much room up there and it's a long way down.Personally, I think the view from the South Rim is better than from Emory.
The new re-routed trail is great, but not necessarily much smother than the old one.The other time I climbed Emory Peak, with my Dad in 1994, I found what was then an easy scramble to the top by going around to the right. Maybe it was the 19 years, 30+ more pounds, or the recent hernia surgery (or probably all 3), but this time was definitely not easy. Jennifer was a trooper and quickly overcame her fears and followed Susan up to the top....Since I neglected to take any pics of the face of the summit before we climbed up, here's the view looking down from the top.
oh, and did anyone mention the HOT SPRINGS? Worth doing as is a trip across to Boquillas.
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