Hike to Zion's Upper Emerald Pool



3 miles

Elevation Gain

350 ft

Route Type


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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over 4 years ago

Pretty Pools, Best In Winter.

Overcrowded, it is one of the most "hiked" trails in Zion. I recommend coming in off season!


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over 4 years ago

Take the First Shuttle In

If you take the early morning shuttle you can beat most of the crowds. You will also have great light for photos and better chances of spotting wildlife. This trail isn't as breathtaking as some of the other places in Zion, but it's still a great scenic hike.


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over 4 years ago

Fun hike

I loved the Emerald Pools. If you're going to hike to the lower you may as well take the time to hike to the middle and the upper too. There's a lot to see in a short, easy hike, especially in the winter when there aren't any crowds.

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