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Emerald Pools is a 0.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Emigrant Gap, California that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from April until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 0.7 mi Elevation gain 45 ft Route type Out & Back
Dogs on leash Hiking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Forest River Views Wild flowers Wildlife
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Aubri Barwood
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Backpacking

Sad that people trash such a beautiful place. There was garbage, mostly toilet paper EVERY WHERE. GROSS.! A giant air mattress left floating in the pool. If you don’t feel like packing out, drip dry. There is no excuse for leaving your filth in such a gorgeous place. You know who you are and you should be ashamed.

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Chialia Lewis
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Hiking

Short and perfect. Climbing the rocks down was challenging with a 1 yr old but still manageable. Loved everything about it. We usually go on the opposite side and didn’t know this trail was here to the pools but figured this was better with a toddler and 2 dogs.

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Alex Vargas
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Hiking

Very underwhelming.

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Kami Kincheloe
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So I was just blocked from Northern California hiking group on FB for informing others like us how ppl are trashing our trails. That group is completely irresponsible as it advertises these trails yet blocks true nature lovers from expressing concern regarding how covid is drawing out ppl thst simply have no respect for nature. Emerald pools is a clear example of this. Most of its members have joined in last two months and it is these ppl that are leaving our trails and Forest is a mess. The group foster bullying and many sacred places are now trash Please stop this group.

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Lynda Morgan
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Hiking

Disgusting. Unbelievable what mindless hordes of people have done. The trash, human waste and flies! Seems a serious health and safety hazard. Not a place for families, to be sure. Good luck parking. CHP is all over the place with tow trucks. Big disappointment.

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David Bricknell
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Hiking

Beautiful place at one time but overuse by literally hundred of people daily, particularly on the weekends have destroyed it. Trash, garbage, human waste, broken bottles both up and downstream from bridge. Very crowded which is not good during this COVID 19 times. Parking is impossible and CHP has been towing illegally parked cars of which there are many. What is normally a 2 lane road is a hardly passable 1 lane road. I will certainly not go back nor will recommend anyone go there.

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john Vanderwerff
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HikingPrivate propertyRocky

Human crap, garbage broken bottles,and can the place is packed, no parking . The highway patrol is towing cars that park in the road -do not go here too many people !

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Erik Peterson
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Hiking

Too many people

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Freddy Quintana
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WalkingGreat!

Super easy trail.

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Ator Yacoub
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Hiking

We went on a Tuesday and got there about 5:30pm. Initially a little disappointed because there was a lot of garbage and a lot of people. We hiked up a bit to explore and by the time we were done people fade it out so we had the whole place to ourselves. Then it was beautiful

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Elle F
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Hiking

Drove three hours and such a waste of time. Definitely felt like spring break . Hundreds of people , no social distancing, people blasting their music, broken glass on floor, and people leaving their trash laying around. Filthy. COVID breeding ground since everyone is condensed together. People don’t understand how to leave no trace in nature. Such a shame in people who can’t clean up after themselves and end up ruining the whole pristine essence of nature. Left after arriving and went to South Yuba River. Don’t know if I’ll be coming back. HORRIBLE experience.

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Надежда Желание-токарь
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Hiking

Crowded! Be early so you can park. People leaving their trash blasting music. Don’t go on weekends. Very beautiful place though

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Dana Castleberry
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Hiking

Such a bummer driving 1 hr 1/2 with dogs to get here come to find that it’s way too crowded and it smells like garbage close to the pools because there are bags of garbage laying around including a bbq and an old chair. Too many people are ruining this what could be an amazing spot. There is sunscreen in the water. They need to close this area for awhile, clean up and let nature breath from pollution. People were drinking and smoking here as well!! We left and went hiking somewhere else. Disappointed in trashy people.

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shawn vincent
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Hiking

Trail is easy and the pools are beautiful but the whole area has been made a dump, there is trash everywhere and nobody seems to understand any concept of leave no trace. It is treated like a public swimming pool but worse. Picked up multiple pieces of trash on the rocks directly next to the pools after only looking for 30 seconds. Full trash bags just out sitting next to trees from people camping who left them. Not to mention I was the only person who even seemed to have a mask with them at all out of a hundred.

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Jen Taylor
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HikingBugsRocky

The pools are beautiful and make for a very picturesque area HOWEVER.... If you are going for some photo ops or just some peace, be there by about 7am. My friend and I went on a random Tuesday morning (not a holiday weekend or anything) and by 9:30am, the place was PACKED with people. :(

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Terilyn Jennings
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Hiking

Nice trail. Not much of a hike to the pools though. Rocky once you get there. Made for a great day!

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Kami Kincheloe
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Hiking

This should be renamed Covid cove. Tons and tons of ppl and gotta love the piles of poop and dirty tp/napkins scattered about. The pandemic has drawn disgust to our beautiful forests. LEAVE NO TRACE.

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Jessica Clarkson
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Hiking

Beautiful pools. We hiked on the right side of the map. Trails weren’t defined, hiked up to the top of the creek and it was completely dried out. We found the creek and worked our way back to the gorge and ended at the large emerald pool. Kids had a blast jumping off the rocks and swimming.

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Chow Saelee
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Backpacking

Drove by Sunday going home, I can't believe how many people are out here... straight COVID City. Tons of cars line up the entire road. Only saw two people with mask. Go figure.

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Jackie Medina
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HikingBugs

Beautiful views all around. Would recommend arriving by 8/9 (weekdays) to get parking, check out the trails, and capture some clean pictures. The main pool is great for swimming and cliff jumping (applies to kids and adults). The place was crowded by 11/12.

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Kristin Bayer
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HikingOff trailRocky

Definitely packed and no social distancing. We were able to hike past the crowd and up river some, but I think it’s just too dry for any good pools. Also lacking in the “emerald” department. It served its purpose of getting out of the house and enjoying some fresh air and exercise.

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Vivian Martins
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Disappointed! Overcrowded, no one was wearing masks or respecting the social distancing, lots of trash and dog poop in the trail. I didn’t even stay for 5 minutes.

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Cheyenne Upton
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Hiking

Nice easy hike to the pools, we hiked up to the smaller pools. Absolutely amazing! We did encounter some nudist. Be aware if you have small child! Other than that beautiful day trip!

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Jess Benn
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Hiking

Hundreds of people there today...not like it used to be. There were several large groups of people camping along the trail. They had open pit fires going. Ugh we turned around and left.

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Humberto ViSo
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