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What a great trail. The kids loved the hike up and the views were great. This trail is worth it.

The Riverside is an easy trail. At the end of the Riverside trail, one can begin to hike the narrows by simply following the river. We hiked the river about 2.5 miles passed the fork where we first chose to go right (Orderville Canyon) where the water is warmer, then tracked back to the fork and briefly peeked at what the left fork offered before heading back to the Riverside trail. Fantastic hike, and my 5 y/o thoroughly enjoyed the entire 5+ miles of hiking in the river.

The first time we attempted to hike the narrows, our hike was cut short due to rain (hazardous due to possible flash flood). So we returned 6 years later to continue what we had started. So worth it, and we can't wait to do it again!

Didn't rent shoes, but we did bring walking sticks, which are really, really helpful. We hiked in July and the water is cool, but not too cold. I had no issues hiking in my Keen sandals until we enter Orderville Canyon, where tiny pebbles got stuck in my sandals a few times.

Fun outing with the kids. Didn’t enter the narrows due to flood probability. Would love to come back with better conditions and let the kids play in the river.

Due to flood damage we were only able to hike the lower emerald pool. Not a bad hike but nothing overly special either. I’m sure it would have been a much better hike if we had access to the middle and upper pools.

Prettty hike and worth the visit.

on Canyon Overlook Trail

4 days ago

This trail should not be rated easy!! Easy = I can take grandma on a short hike and she will be fine. Easy = I can hike this in sandals.

Nope! You need proper hiking footwear and anyone with balance or mobility issues of any kind should not be on this trail. This trail has steep sections (especially in the beginning) minor rock scrambles, and some exposed areas with steep drop offs without railings! There is one area in particular that was really sketchy - it’s very narrow, slick rock, and still wet due to recent monsoon rainstorms - no railings when it should really have them. One slip and it’s over....

Any fear of heights, don’t do this! The overlook is nice but there are better hikes in the park so don’t be disappointed if you can’t find parking.

hiking
4 days ago

Nice path leading to the Narrows. We hiked in the water about 2 miles and then turned back.

Did this after Angels Landing. Went about half mile up the River into the Narrows. The water never got much over knees. Saw Mitt Romney Hiking with family.

Did this hike and added the Grotto Trail. The Upper Pool is crowded and is difficult to get pics without people in the Pool. Many People were in the Pool with no Consideration for others taking photos. I wanted pictures of the Pool, not pictures of people in it. Not to mention your not even suppose to be in the Pool.

We hiked this with our four kids ages 5, 6, 8, and 10 and we all loved it! Variety of terrain but totally doable. The views of the canyon were amazing! We even spotted some mountain goats. Do this hike, you won’t regret it!

Can’t beat the views or the experience! You can make this as long a hike as you want. We went through the narrows and stopped and had lunch on the banks. Definitely rent the boots, socks, and walking stick. Saw a lot of people take an unexpected plunge! It’s a must do (if weather permits) at Zion!

Great hike! Definitely rent the special water hiking boots they rent around town because they somehow, magically, keep you very secure on the wet rocks. It's like they have suction cups on the bottom or something, though I don't think that's the secret. They also keep your feet warm in the very cold water. This hike is as hard as you want it to be, and we hiked much farther than 2 miles. I think it's 16 if you go from the top down, which I would love to try some day. Fewer people that way, I'm sure, though I never mind sharing my hike with other people.

This train is hot but there is a great place to cool off at the top AND when you get done, get in the water! The Virgin River is relatively warm and shallow and a great way to end the hike.

Great hike. A little tricky in a few areas but well worth the adventure! Amazing pic opportunities and the water felt amazing!

Breathtaking. Took the 6am bus from the Visitors Center and had the canyon to ourselves. Would recommend trekking poles for balance and high quality closed toe water shoes.

It’s like walking on wet bowling balls. Get good hiking shoes and enjoy the cool canyons air.

hiking
14 days ago

Crowded, paved, flat. Not much of a workout but beautiful.

Beautiful hike, the toughest part is the initial entrance upwards, otherwise it's fairly easy. We arrived at 6:45 am, plenty of parking. We got to see the sun rising against the landscape, it was not busy and extremely peaceful. We also got to see a family of mountain goats up close!

Such an awesome hike. When I went it flash flooded the night before so super murky. Made it more difficult to walk through the water.

Pretty cool experience and different from anything else I’ve ever done! The only reason I gave it 4 stars is the crowds!! I’ve heard going early is the way to beat them. We probably got started around 10 and by that point it was already insane. I hiked about 10 miles round trip and did it in my chacos. Several people had gotten the fancy water shoes from the visitor center. While the water wasn’t that cold, I would suggest them if you worry about balance/ankle support. I didn’t always feel so confident in my chacos and had a couple close calls. Definitely must do once for the experience.

This is a very popular area for a lot of people. If you hike top down you know you are almost done just by how busy it gets. This hike gives you a very small glimpse of what the whole narrows section really is. A lot of people tell me how much they love the narrows but only see this 1 or 2 miles of it. The best can only be seen if you hike top down, or hike way farther than what you are supposed to on this hike. Top down Narrows is best hike in Zion and probably Utah. This is just a small small taste.

My all time favorite hike just the scenery lost track of time and was out there with my brother and cousins it was 9 at night no light but our phones and only the stars over the narrows walls to guide us out most memorable moments in my life and then hit “Casa de Amigos” after...

It’s really pretty if you go to the upper pools, there are a lot of people and kids who almost knock you over coming up. Beautiful sights the whole way up the upper pool is breathtaking. Please remember not to go in the pools as it is a source of water for the wildlife

hiking
16 days ago

I think this is a fine hike to do, especially if you are seeing Zion for the first time. However, Angles Landing and Observation Point have far superior views to this. This is a short hike, and easy for kids. However I just do not seeing this more than a 2 stars when there is so much Zion has to offer.

Quick. Shady. Some good views. VERY crowded. Simple hike to do with the family. We seem to stop in at the pools after doing a few other hikes.

Nice, fairly easy trail. When we went the pool levels were down so not as scenic as it normally would be in the spring.

Just did this hike with my husband and two daughters (9&4). I was a little worried before we got there because i had read it was a difficult hike once in the river. Both my kids did great and had the best time! The views are incredible!! I would say this was easy-moderate in difficulty. There were some small sections where he current was going pretty good and since you are walking against it you really had to pay attention to where you were stepping etc. My husband walked with our 4 year old most of the time through these areas where the current was stronger. Otherwise she did pretty good on her own. Definitely will go back again! We did rent the walking sticks in Springdale. We wore our own shoes though. My husband and 9yr old wore older sneakers and my 4yr old and I both wore a hiking type sandal, which I thought was great! We all had no issues with our shoes.

nature trips
17 days ago

Loved it. Very peaceful when children not present. Had a group but they only stayed for 30 min. Definitely some scrambling involved. Saw some people Boulder to the right, tall peeps will be fine, short peeps should go left and then cross water, you don’t need to get wet - there are rocks to step in. Took a nap and read with the beautiful sounds of the fall. Highly recommend, not very many people.

Beautiful drive to the trailhead and incredible views for such a short hike! This hike is great for kids.

Great hike in Zion, trail leads to three different stops. You can take the paved trail to the first pool and then turn back, or go on to the other two pools. The trail gets more difficult after the first pool.

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