Emerald Pools Trail

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Emerald Pools Trail is a 2.1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Springdale, Utah that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from April until December.

2.1 miles 436 feet Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

A paved trail to Lower Emerald Pool and from there a sandy and rocky trail to the Upper Emerald Pool at the base of a cliff. Trail starts from Zion Lodge, crosses bridge and paved trail leads to the Lower Emerald Pool and waterfalls - there are multiple pools here. From there a sandy and rocky trail climbs to the Upper Emerald Pool at the base of a cliff. Interesting statistic - more people have been killed on this trail than any other trail in the park - even Angel's Landing, so be careful!

hiking
3 days ago

A very popular hike to three pretty pools in a lush side canyon not far from the Lodge. Benefiting from a late arrival on our first day, we managed to squeeze in the full hike just before sunset. It was a beautiful time to experience it. It's an easy walk to the Lower Pool. It is a short but more moderate hike on the way up to the final two pools. I really enjoyed exploring the middle section (right above the two waterfalls spilling into the Lower Pool). The view of the late day light hitting the massive walls on the opposite side of the main canyon was very memorable. We also had a lot of fun climbing numerous rocks/boulders by the Upper Pool, surrounded by the 300 foot cliffs. Due to the late hour, we made it back to the Lodge by retracing our path. However, you can add some distance and create a very nice loop by adding the Kayenta and Grotto Trails on the return.

hiking
11 days ago

From the Groto parking area this
moderate hike gives views of the canyon while overlooking the Virgin River. I did this in early January and the waterfall above the upper Emerald pool had a wonderful flow forming an ice cone where it landed. I would do this one again.

hiking
1 month ago

1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Good trail if you are looking for something short and easy or pressed for time as we were on our last day; waterfalls were nice. One of the more popular trails and it was crowded

1 month ago

Only had a couple of hours to hike in Zion. Hiked up to the upper pool with our 16 month old in a hiking backpack. Crowded, but great views and a nice hike overall!

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful hike. I don't think it would be great unless you make it to the upper pool. There are the lower, middle, and upper pools. For me, the only pool that appeared "emerald" was the final one at the top and that was by far the best one. The trail to the first pool is easy, but after that I would rate it moderate. Still beautiful views!

2 months ago

What a nice trail with a beautiful waterfall.

hiking
2 months ago

2 months ago

Maybe worth doing if you have lots of time in Zion but if you only have a few days there are significantly better options.

hiking
3 months ago

Very crowded, there are definitely better hikes in the park.

3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

walking
3 months ago

Simple little walk with great views...

hiking
4 months ago

We did this as a family hike with my 9 and 6 year olds. My little one generally does not like hiking but even she enjoyed the hike to the lower pool (we stopped there)! Easy hike to the lower pool and very pretty with water spraying of the rocks in the spring, which was a hit with the kids!

hiking
4 months ago

Great trail with some great views.

hiking
4 months ago

Very nice hike for the family. Easy hike to lower pool. The hike does increase to moderate for those that are maybe not in the best shape. My family had no problems hiking to all three pools. Great views. Plenty of places to sit and rest. The upper pool was a good place to relax and have lunch before moving on to harder and longer trails. Highly recommended for all. A great loop hike, that can also be extended by taking the Kayenta trail from the middle pool to the Grotto.

hiking
4 months ago

Not a bad little hike. Beautiful views in every direction throughout the trail. Pretty easy for most experienced hikers. The only downside was how crowded it was, particularly at the top where the upper pool is located. Kind of made it hard to enjoy the scenery, so we left shortly after getting there. Most likely more enjoyable on a less busy or crowded day.

hiking
4 months ago

Worth a visit, but nothing too spectacular in regard to the waterfalls. Lots of people.

hiking
4 months ago

I am late getting this review done by several months. Overall I enjoyed the hike. We had full sun to deal with so it took a little enjoyment away from the experience. The trail is very popular expect to see lots of people on this hike. Easy hike with Marcy Jones May 2015.