Walk along a path that leads beneath the waterfalls to beautiful views of the canyon at Zion. The Upper Emerald pool makes for a great photo opportunity.

Start this trail walking across the bridge over the Virgin River into the start of the trails that lead to the pools. The path takes you through the bottoms of the water falls and you see them falling over the rocks above you. Though this sight may be totally awesome, be careful as you walk along the path as it gets really muddy and slippery. But there are rails to help you along the way you can grab a hold on.

The trail leading to the Upper Emerald Pool is on the ridge between the two middle pools. This is where the trail becomes more rugged and steep. From the Middle Trail, a steep trail continues up the canyon up to the Upper Pool. The upper pool is larger, with a high waterfall coming into it from a towering cliff. Once you get to the top of the Upper Emerald pool, enjoy your view, take a photo, then find a boulder and enjoy a nice snack.

For the return trip, you can either retrace your path or take the optional loop back to the Lodge.

Pack List

  • Backpack
  • Comfortable hiking shoes
  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Camera
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RT Distance 3 Miles
Elevation Gain 350 Feet
Activities Chillin, Photography, Hiking
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Year Round
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Easy Parking
Family Friendly


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Upper Pool Was The Best Part

I had my two little ones, three and one years old with my bf and I and we all loved it! The boys played in the water and my three year old hiked the entire time. Great for family and beginners!

Quick cool down hike

We did this after Observation Point and it was mellow considering how sore I felt after that 8 miler! We hit it perfectly timing-wise and hiked up in the shade. Great viewpoint at the top of Lower Emerald. We sat, watched the waterfalls and listened to yellow finches, great cool down hike.

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