Many Pools Trail

MODERATE 66 reviews
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Many Pools Trail is a 2.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Springdale, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
2.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
544 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

no dogs

A nice moderate unmaintained trail on the East side of Zion. Many Pools offers the beginner hiker (and family) a glimpse into how wind and water create slot canyons. Sometimes this hike is referred to as "Root Canal" because of the shape on a topographical map. If you continue up the Many Pools Canyon you will (after much bushwacking) connect with the Deertrap Mountain Trail. Be warned that this portion of the trail is considered strenuous and not for beginners or families.

hiking
3 days ago

Wonderful and fun climb along stream over smooth rock, with fabulous views down the valley. Wear hiking shoes for grip on the rock. One of the best Zion hikes.

hiking
no shade
10 days ago

1 month ago

Loved this hike! So quite, lots of spots to explore & climb up. In such a busy area we hiked for an hour & didn’t see a soul.

hiking
3 months ago

This trail is a moderate to gradual climb up many levels of large outcropping rocks . After a rainy day the water is beautiful but it will be a bit muddy...

hiking
3 months ago

Our family loved this hike. We have 4 kids, from 12-3 and they all had a great time. It kind of has it all: slot canyons, places to explore, a tunnel, water to splash in and heiroglyphs...we even saw a large herd of Bighorn Sheep above us. All of this in just a mile or two. After parking at the two port-o-potties (.8 miles after second tunnel was perfectly accurate), we headed east and down the hill into the wash. We walked mostly east for probably 1/2 mile before it turned north, then it wound east again. Right after we started heading east again, we noticed a trail(ish) heading north and didn’t have to go far to see the tunnel that took us under the road. We could’ve kept going east though and I’m sure that would’ve been fun too. Turning north to go under the bridge took us past the heiroglyphs (along red cliff wall) and up (there’s a large curved, smooth rock you have to scale) to the pools. Such a fun, diverse and beautiful area to explore and we didn’t have to share it with anyone!

4 months ago

very nice trail. only saw 1 other family.

hiking
4 months ago

Great! Especially since it had rained and there were many. many pools of water large and small. If you walk down from the parking area and follow the wash east, you are in the wash you will walk up. Today there were maples and oaks showing off their fall colors (beautiful). The wash goes through a tunnel under the road avoiding having to walk along the road. You do need to clamber up a bit, but that's what this one is all about. We met only 5 other groups. Considering how many folks were in the park, that was just about as good as one can expect.

hiking
5 months ago

Great hike! No crowds, lots of water filled pools, as we just had three days of rainy weather! Only saw one tad pole, might be too late in the season. We did continue up the canyon until it got really difficult. Only saw two couples on our way out. Fun slick rock walking, not much of a defined trail to follow, some slot canyon walking, really cool.

hiking
5 months ago

Great Hike! We didn’t even see anybody else on this hike

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful hike. Make sure you hike to the end of the trail and see the funky water carved “circle room”.

6 months ago

Nice short hike away from the crowd. We started at 7:30 am and only encountered another coupe on the way back. You’ll get a little sand workout.

hiking
8 months ago

Short, easy hike. Because of the lack of rain, only three of the pools had water. The tadpoles were large (about the size of a silver dollar) and fun to watch.

hiking
8 months ago

This is a great easy little-used trail outside of the shuttle-only canyon. But finding the trailhead is tricky. You park on the south side of road and follow the trail down, it then goes under the road to head north of the road. Lots of space for kids to climb and roam off trail.

hiking
9 months ago

There is only water in a few of the pools this time of year. Tadpoles were abundant, however. Nice walk up mostly slickrock.

hiking
10 months ago

to start, park at the 2 port a potties, 1 mile east of shorter tunnel. then, either walk east, across the road & go down some overgrown stairs. or, drop down from parking area, turn left, east, follow trail under highway. follow pools up, gorgeous area, 14 sheep, water in at least 20 pools. It rained 3 days ago.

hiking
10 months ago

Really a different view of the park. Saw 1 frog the whole time but a lot of tadpoles in the pools; we could hear the frogs barking their "chorus" but never saw any others. Really amazing what time, water and wind has done with this area. From the porta-potties, head down the embankment and to the east; the trail picks up and comes to a "t". Head left towards the tunnel and follow through.

10 months ago

Very cool hike in an off the beaten area. Lots of frogs, ironically in a desert

10 months ago

One of the highlights of our trip to Utah. Most of the trail wasn’t a trail. Just walk as far back into the canyon then scurry around on the mountain sides to explore. Not a problem getting lost.

hiking
11 months ago

Outstanding hike for families. A little something for all abilities. Great views and spots including water features. Not nearly as crowded as central Zion NP.

hiking
11 months ago

Great hike...once you find it! The “direction button” took us to the right parking area, and we didn’t have problems parking even though we were there during spring break....but we arrived around noon. There are port-a-potties in the turnout so people stopped to use them, but didn’t stay long. LOCATING the trail: Once you park, stand in the turnout with your back to the road, the trail is off to the left. Go down the embankment and toward the rock face, then turn left and walk alongside it. There is a short tunnel that goes under the road (it’s not scary for kids). And the trail is pretty easy to follow after that. We had a great time, and only saw 2 other families! We hiked with our 3 kids, 11, 8 and 5. Parts are steep but we all did it with no problem :-)

Saturday, March 03, 2018

One of my favorite “trails” in Zion’s. Don’t get too stressed about following a path, just follow the pools and enjoy the unmaintained bliss that is “Many Pools”

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

We hiked a third of the trail only since there was a big herd of bighorn sheep on the way. We had lunch observing them and then turned away. It's their habitat.

The pools were almost dry but there were tracks to look at. The scenery was still fantastic!

hiking
Monday, November 20, 2017

End of November. Saw 2 other people the entire hike- very much enjoyed the solitude.
Don’t be afraid to venture off trail-left or right you can easily gain some altitude and beautiful views.
All but the deepest pools were dried up this time of year.

Monday, November 06, 2017

Great fun and exploring feeling. Easily would have gotten 5 stars if the poos were full of water and the channel flowing

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Saw some mountain sheep which was exciting. Nice there was not a lot of people

hiking
Thursday, September 07, 2017

This was by far the best trail and views we saw in ZNP. we were out for about 3 hours and saw more wild life than people. This trail is a must.

hiking
Saturday, May 13, 2017

Of the hikes that I've taken in eastern Zion this is the only one where I've run into people. This may be because I generally try to go during the week when there's a little fewer people, but it appears to be a popular trail. I counted 109 major pools along the trail (although I may have missed some small ones) and the view at the end is exceptional looking toward Deertrap Mountain Trail (and south, for that matter)! Definitely worth the climb. There are no difficult technical sections to this trail (although a couple sections would be in the class 3 range).

hiking
Saturday, May 06, 2017

Very cool off the beaten path trail. We went in the evening and didn't see another person. I imagine this trail would be really cool after a recent run off when polls are full and some of the stream is flowing. The start of the trail can be tricky to find. Park your car and head east. If creek is dry head up the creek bed through the tunnel under the highway. Otherwise you can cross the highway and rejoin the creek bed from there.

hiking
Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Beautiful and interesting.

hiking
Wednesday, August 24, 2016

This was a fantastic trail that is off the beaten path with Zion NP. The directions are wrong, the hike is about a mile east of the second tunnel when one is heading from Springdale. The hike itself is fairly easy if you have shoes with traction as the hike is mostly on slanted rock. The pools are very pretty although the water is pretty stagnant so i would not recommend swimming in them.

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