Hike to Zion's Upper Emerald Pool

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Distance

3 miles

Elevation Gain

350 ft

Route Type

Out-and-Back

Added by Mariya Dondonyan

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.

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🥇Top Contributor

9 months ago

Easy, pretty hike

Easy, pretty hike. It's a short one in Zion, so it's popular and filled with people. I would compare it to a crowded hike in Yosemite. Nice hike to do if you arrive into Zion with only a few hours to explore on your first day!

Beautiful!

I’ve done this hike a couple times now. One of my favorites the pools are beautiful!

Worth the effort

It was a pretty intense hike up to the upper emerald pool. The hike takes you past the lower and middle emerald pools to the upper. The waterfalls and pools along the way were worth it!

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4.3/5

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