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short steep shaded walk along a paved trail to the viewing platform which is cut into the cliff where water rains down from above. special but not a must do.

An easy in canyon walk. Very crowded but beautiful.

I did this hike in the dark so I didn't the best view of the pools. I have heard they are not as green as they look in pictures due to photographers adding filters to their photos.

Cool walk, very crowded. Middle and Upper pools are currently closed due to flooding.

Great hike. Only made it to the 1.5 mile mark cause I started late afternoon and it was hot. Amazing views the entire hike.

Hiked in early September out to Big Spring. DCF was 35 and ambient temperature low of 60 and high of 85. Water got thigh high in one location about half a mile from Big Spring. Conditions were great and the rented shoes, socks and pole were appreciated. Started at day break and had the trail mostly to ourselves after Orderville Canyon. A must do if in Zion NP. You will be wet and tired at the end but awe inspired

Rock fall had blocked access to the upper and middle emerald pools but this trail is still worth the time. Great photo opportunity on the bridge across the Virgin River. This is a popular trail and will be crowded but it is wide enough to accommodate

Tour bus after tour bus. Not a bad walk out and back. Dogs enjoyed being able to go with us (otherwise we wouldn't have stopped). Looks like they are constructing new trail, unfortunately doesn't look wide enough to support amount of foot traffic this trail experiences. Watch out in the parking lot since it looked like a war for people to get a spot. Worth the walk to see the bend in the river though.

It was very good but gets to be more of the same pretty quickly. The walking stick turned out to be important.

Amazing hike. Make sure you rent boots and a walking pole from Zion Outfitters right outside the park. Best $24 I ever spent

We went in September. It was not too crowded or too cold. Water flow was low. Watch our for the rocks and sometimes the water was waste high but a great hike. You can go for as far as you like and turn around. There is a fork in the trail to the right as you go up. It’s a narrow canyon with little water falls and huge boulders. Worth the detour

This was a very short, paved trail. There wasn’t much water in the pools. If you’re an experienced hiker, I would recommend exploring other Zion options over this.

The Narrows was one of the more rewarding hikes in Zion. I thought it was more difficult than the Subway hike due to the strong current and cloudy water, but that’s just my opinion.

There is beautiful scenery the entire length of the trail and you should definitely complete the full route. You’ll know when you get there by the views. There’s some light rock climbing involved, but nothing a moderately experienced hiker can’t handle. Standard hiking shoes and a walking stick will be all the gear you need.

Definitely start EARLY because it is one of the most popular routes and it gets quite crowded and you might stuck behind other slower groups.

One of the most amazing places I have been in my life do the back land hike if your tour guide offers

My husband and I are in our 60s and avid walkers. We did this trail round trip in an hour and 40 minutes. Goes without saying the views are magnificent. Words of advice; go as early in the day as possible, take plenty of water/salty snacks, sunscreen and pace yourself. Coming up takes twice as long. We went at 1:30 in September and were in the sun 3/4 of the time. If I could do it over I’d go first thing in the am. Also can be a little nerve wracking when you slide on sand or loose gravel as the edges are not far away and it’s a long way down!

It was AWESOME. The views were breathtaking. I have never hiked in this kind of altitude before and did fine. The way up took my breath away for sure...had to stop every so often to catch my breath but was fine. It took us about an hour to go down (mainly because we took. A billion photos) and only 45 to go up. Bring LOTS of water (2-3 liters) and some salty snacks. Have fun! I can’t wait to come back!

LOVED THIS! No need to spoil your experience by telling too much. I am in fairly good shape and have experience in hiking, did this in my nikes with a walking stick. I saw people do it bare feet, but I can't recommend that. Prepare for a lot of work and wonderful views!

Beautiful hike. I suggest going super early like we did to beat the crowds. We caught the 6am shuttle with 6 other people. Way too many people when we were coming back from Imlay Temple. Glad to have started earlier as we hiked alone for about 2 hours with no one else around. Super peaceful. Also we rented the shoes, socks, and sticks. It was worth the $24 in my opinion. Did the whole 10miles, and the further you go the less people you will run into.

We did tour with a guide because you can’t do it without a guide. I wouldn’t call this a hike. It’s pretty time consuming due to the amount of people in group tour and picture taking time. But if your in the area this is a MUST SEE! It will take about 1.5-2 hours tour time. But it’s 100% worth it!

Great view. Big crowd, but still very good.

Great trail with amazing views!

I wouldn’t consider this a hike at all since it’s super short, but it was gorgeous and beautiful as hell. Definitely something to cross off the bucket list if you already haven’t. The view is amazing!

Ok hike. Stream at the bottom was nice.

This is a MUST for Zion. The views are unlike any other, and this is one of my favorite trails. I am in average shape, and was able to complete about 12 miles roundtrip in 8 hours.

Trail Tips:
- START EARLY! This is an iconic Zion trail, and therefore gets crowded quickly. I went Labor Day Weekend 2018, and it was especially crowded because Angels Landing is closed.
- Bring a walking stick. Even if you don't need it for balance, it is a good tool to gauge how deep the water will be.
- Make sure electronics are sealed in waterproof bags. I saw several people slip in the river, and you want to be prepared in case you become fully submerged.
- Check the visitors center for water temperature and potential for flash floods. DO NOT use this trail if there is any potential for flooding. Because the trail is flat and between canyon walls, there is nowhere to go if flooding occurs.

- Take the shuttle to Sinawava Temple (stop 9).
- Follow the Riverside Walk. This is paved for about a mile, and then it shoots you out to the Virgin River.
- The way is pretty flat, and therefore not very strenuous. However, it is slower wading through water compared to walking on land, so allow extra time for this.
- About 5-6 miles in is Big Springs. This is three waterfalls to your left along the canyon walls/plants. I believe after this point you're required to turn around.

16 days ago

Decent trail, lots of shade, all paved. Not much water in the pool or flowing from the falls. Still great views of the surrounding canyon.

16 days ago

It’s not that great and plenty of families and old folks on the trail. We did it today after we finished Observation Point.

16 days ago

Very easy hike, not much to see. Paved trail.

Short hike with beautiful views (rock formations, waterfall, lots of deer). Great hike for beginners who want to warm up to the other popular hikes in Zion National Park.

Great but don’t go with small children we lost one child he fell off.

Incredible and unique hike that is a MUST when visiting Zion. Start early. Check the visitor center the day before you do this hike to check the weather and probability of flash floods, as the trail closes if there are storms. But if you are already in the Narrows and there is a flash flood warning issued there is no alert and you don’t want to get trapped in the narrows because there is no where to go. This hike is extremely busy but it does not take away from the incredible hike! The further you go the less busy it gets. We wore hiking shoes with good ankle support and we were glad we did. My best advice is to rent or bring a hiking pole!! The hiking pole will save you from falling into the water from all the rocks hiding under the water. The pole also allows you to go a little faster and be less timid. There were lots of people that rented shoes and hiking poles from outfitters in town.

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