Emerald Pools
Emerald Pools
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A one-mile hike will bring you to this area of pools and waterfalls.
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  • Richard N
    Stroud, United Kingdom446 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    What a Work Out!
    We went on a steaming hot day in July with temperatures well over 100F. We decided to walk to all of the pools, Lower, Middle and Upper and were proud of ourselves for the effort put in. After starting out fairly consistently, at higher levels the path becomes very rocky and when we were there, sandy. I'd imagine it can get muddy, and it's certainly busy but each Pool in their own right offer fantastic views and superb scenery. For me its worth the effort and well worth going to all the Pools, not abandoning your walk after the Lower one.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 October 2023
  • Icarus4335
    Colorado Springs, Colorado774 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth Going a Little Further to the Upper and/or Lower Pools
    We started the hike to the pools from Stop 6 on the shuttle line and used the Kayenta Trail. From there, it's only about 1 mile to the first pool (the Middle Pool). That portion is not too strenuous; there were plenty of kids doing it too. However, that first pool is relatively unimpressive. It is definitely worth a little extra hiking to visit either the upper or lower pool (or both...different directions though), which are much more spectacular. The Upper Pool is about another 1/3 of a mile (and then another 1/3 mile back) and is absolutely beautiful. It opens into a much larger area with a waterfall that sprinkles down; great views. The hike is definitely more strenuous to get up there, but still manageable for most people. The Lower Pool splits into the opposite direction at the trail junction. It's easy getting down, but the walk back up is rough...LOTS of steps. I think in total we hiked about 3-3.5 miles to visit the pools and go back to Stop 6 where we started. I am also pretty sure that you can access the Lower Pool (and then the rest of this area) from a lower trail that starts earlier on the shuttle line, but we didn't explore that section.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 26 March 2024
  • ScottRoby
    Scottsdale, Arizona803 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A little crowded for my taste but it is a gorgeous result
    This is a fun little hike from shuttle stop 6 which is also where you head up to Angel's Landing. Once you cross the bridge from the shuttle stop it will tell you it is about one mile. That one mile is mostly an incline. There are three pools to see: a lower, middle and upper. The middle pool was almost a blink and miss it with all the people around it. The upper pool is worth the extra distance to get to. It had a light waterfall when we were there. It was a very crowded hike though which for me takes away a little bit but I think if you go early in the morning you can avoid that.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 26 April 2024
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ScottRoby
Scottsdale, AZ803 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
This is a fun little hike from shuttle stop 6 which is also where you head up to Angel's Landing. Once you cross the bridge from the shuttle stop it will tell you it is about one mile. That one mile is mostly an incline. There are three pools to see: a lower, middle and upper. The middle pool was almost a blink and miss it with all the people around it. The upper pool is worth the extra distance to get to. It had a light waterfall when we were there. It was a very crowded hike though which for me takes away a little bit but I think if you go early in the morning you can avoid that.
Written 26 April 2024
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Selena F
Salt Lake City, UT78 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
Just tackled Emerald Pools – nature's little wonders! The hike was like a stroll through paradise, and the pools? Absolutely breathtaking. It's like finding treasure in the wilderness. Don't miss this hike!
Written 12 April 2024
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Icarus4335
Colorado Springs, CO774 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
We started the hike to the pools from Stop 6 on the shuttle line and used the Kayenta Trail. From there, it's only about 1 mile to the first pool (the Middle Pool). That portion is not too strenuous; there were plenty of kids doing it too. However, that first pool is relatively unimpressive. It is definitely worth a little extra hiking to visit either the upper or lower pool (or both...different directions though), which are much more spectacular. The Upper Pool is about another 1/3 of a mile (and then another 1/3 mile back) and is absolutely beautiful. It opens into a much larger area with a waterfall that sprinkles down; great views. The hike is definitely more strenuous to get up there, but still manageable for most people. The Lower Pool splits into the opposite direction at the trail junction. It's easy getting down, but the walk back up is rough...LOTS of steps. I think in total we hiked about 3-3.5 miles to visit the pools and go back to Stop 6 where we started. I am also pretty sure that you can access the Lower Pool (and then the rest of this area) from a lower trail that starts earlier on the shuttle line, but we didn't explore that section.
Written 26 March 2024
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Richard N
Stroud, UK446 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
We went on a steaming hot day in July with temperatures well over 100F. We decided to walk to all of the pools, Lower, Middle and Upper and were proud of ourselves for the effort put in.

After starting out fairly consistently, at higher levels the path becomes very rocky and when we were there, sandy. I'd imagine it can get muddy, and it's certainly busy but each Pool in their own right offer fantastic views and superb scenery.

For me its worth the effort and well worth going to all the Pools, not abandoning your walk after the Lower one.
Written 3 October 2023
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jyc823
nj158 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
It was extremely muddy when we did this trail, the middle pool has nothing to see really, the lower pool was much better. Enjoyable trail overall but not the middle pool.
Written 24 July 2023
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J P
41 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Friends
This trail is just not worth it. There are so many great views and experiences in Zion and the hike to the lower pools was a mere trickle of a water fall into pools that were in no way "emerald." We went to the middle pools and it was a glorified puddle. We didn't bother going the extra distance to the upper pools.

We went in the heat of the day, after already doing Angel's Landing, so perhaps that's one reason why this trail was such a disappointment, but I really don't get why this trail continues to be popular at Zion.
Written 7 July 2023
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Grover R
Pensacola, FL21,780 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
When people talk about how amazing Zion is, Emerald Pools is a perfect example because anywhere else this would be a nationally recognized natural experience but here it does not even crack the top 10. If you stay at the lodge this is a great part of your stay as the trail starts there.

We started as a large group, but part of our team left to hike Angel's Landing while the other part hiked all the way to the top waterfall. I was in the AL group, so we turned around after reaching the top of the first waterfall which was amazing. It really is cool to hike behind the waterfall. Also, we were lucky to see it with so much water after a significant rain as well as just being opened after being closed for ice the week before.

It can be wet and muddy so be prepared for that. In the winter it can also be impassable for ice. In addition to the waterfalls that are the main attraction here, you also get incredible early morning views of the canyon. All in all this is a great hike next to the main lodge that offers something for everyone, regardless of hiking proficiency.
Written 20 June 2023
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GSD250
London, UK552 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
Took stop 6, starting point, which takes you along the Kayenta trail. It had just rained so parts were ‘muddy’, the hike is enjoyable but just too many people and groups (who seemed to have right of way), so we just kept stopping. We didn’t complete the hike as enjoyed what we had done and could see more crowds ahead.
Steep drops, no rails, rocks, big and small to walk over.
Written 19 June 2023
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Claudia10229
Dallas, TX476 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
To access any of the Emerald Pool hikes you need to start at shuttle stop #4, Court of the Patriarchs or #6, The Grotto since the #5 stop and bridge to Emerald hike was not open in May. The bridge will need extensive repair (what we were told), so check with a ranger or the Zion website about access.

We started at the Grotto and walked a portion of the Kayenta Trail to Middle and Upper Emerald Pools. The hike itself was enjoyable and looking at the incredible canyon walls and watching how high we progress was fun. The challenge was the crowds. Many times we were in a line hiking up or down and that just isn't fun. We would try to stop and wait for a gap so we could be alone for a short while. The pools themselves are not really green and not much to see, I didn't take any pictures of the water. The path is a combination of sand (like beach sand and harder to walk in) and rocks.

Be careful if you decide to do any semi rock climbing or take photos by the mini waterfalls. There was a park ranger at Upper Falls completing her daily hike to check for people who have hurt themselves and might need assistance.
Written 7 June 2023
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B90x
Columbus, OH105 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Family
This was probably my least favorite hike at Zion. The pools and waterfalls are pretty but there were just way way too many people on the trail. Standing there blocking traffic. In the way. The whole lower to upper pool trail was packed.

The middle pool trail is steeper and less traveled. That was the only part of the hike that was somewhat peaceful (though very muddy).
Written 18 March 2023
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