Emerald Pools

EASY 46 reviews
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Emerald Pools is a 0.7 mile moderately 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 and walking and is best used from April until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 0.7 miles Elevation Gain: 45 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
6 days ago

Beautiful. A few campers along the short path. Beautiful swimming hole.

hiking
10 days ago

Easy little nature walk to the pools. Very crowded on a Sunday of a 3-day weekend. Water was very chilly, but beautiful. The pool closest to the river is icy cold, whereas the further area with a jumping rock is a tad less cold.

hiking
12 days ago

Probably wouldn’t consider this a hike, just a short walk to the swimming hole. This place is literally a hidden gem though. Went early and there weren’t many people, but by the time I left around 11 it was starting to get crowded. Don’t forget to go past the swimming hole and walk through the gorge!

hiking
bugs
over grown
rocky
13 days ago

If you just keep going and following the markers; this trail has about 1/3 mile flat, 1/3 mile hilly and 1/3 rock climbing. Tons of rappellers and climbers. I wish I had known this and came more prepared.

hiking
20 days ago

We hiked to the pools, which was an easy hike; I’d say .5 miles maybe. But, then we backtracked a bit and took an unmarked trail with a 2.0 mile sign a little ways up, but we weren’t sure where it went. Trail was not clearly marked. There were a few steep climbs, some switchbacks, loose rock and shale, and plenty of shade. A lot of variety in scenery. On the way back (b/c we weren’t sure where we were going), we took a detour to go down to Jordan creek to cool off. Overall a pleasant hike with great scenery, but we would have line to know where the trail led.

hiking
27 days ago

So clean! Refreshing water. Saw one water snake that kept to itself.

hiking
27 days ago

Beautiful hike! Crystal clear waters and unique red rocks under water. You don't have to stop the hike at the emerald pools. The trail keeps going! Lots of areas to swim and there is even a waterfall off trail after you pass the pools.

hiking
1 month ago

A little piece of heaven. Super easy access.

hiking
1 month ago

Absolutely beautiful! Rocks are a tad slippery when wet, but many different spots to jump into the water. Very short flat dirt trail to the water. Water was a little chilly, but felt good after being in for awhile. Dog friendly.

hiking
1 month ago

Late July 2019. Easy walk to main pool, rock climbing to the other sections. Water shoes helpful.

hiking
off trail
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

not too crowded and so pretty!

hiking
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

hiking
bugs
off trail
scramble
1 month ago

The water was pristine. The area had a lot of families during the day, but if you scramble on the rocks beyond the main pool, then you can have some solitude. Extremely easy hike to main pool. The cold water was really refreshing in the hot weather. We lit a campfire during the evening because there's tons of mosquitos. You MUST get a "California campfire permit"; it's free online, and only takes 15 minutes. PS- There was no trash, zero trash.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful pools!

hiking
no shade
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

Super cute trail. A bit confusing...otherwise very fun.

hiking
1 month ago

Lots of trash and broken glass

hiking
2 months ago

go downstream

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful short and sweet. Perfect for kids

hiking
2 months ago

It’s a really easy, short hike. It’s a beautiful view at the end too! We hiked on the rocks at the end of the trail for a bit too and found a nice place to sit and read. The river was raging. We found a place for a quick dip but not safe for swimming. Couldn’t get to the pools or even find them because the river was so rough.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice easy trail with beautiful views. River was running very fast which didn’t allow for the pools however it was still very beautiful and the emerald color was still visible. Nice pace to sit on large rocks, have a snack and watch the rushing river.

hiking
4 months ago

This trail is rated as moderate which I find to be a joke. It’s easy and super short. We just went yesterday 5.10.19 and the river is so gushing and powerful we were not able to see the emerald pools. Heard the best time is late summer early fall. Kid friendly. Dog friendly.

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