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Upper Emerald Pool

Hurricane, Utah

based on 22 reviews



2.92 miles

Elevation Gain

600 ft

Route Type



Added by Mariya Dondonyan

Walk along this waterfall path that opens up 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 take the loop back to the Lodge or simply retrace your path.

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The Emerald Pools Trail hike at Zion is great adventure for all experience levels. For less experienced hikers or families with kids this trail is fun and slightly challenging, with a paved concrete path and metal railing leading to the first two pools. For the more experienced hiker this trail can be connected with the Kayenta Trail and Grotto Trail to make a moderate 5-mile loop used as a warm-up on their first day in the park. This trail can be very crowded during the summer season and is only accessible via the Zion Shuttle System between April and October. Also the trail tends to be very muddy and slippery year round so wear appropriate footwear.

This is one of the most crowded trails in Zion but still incredibly beautiful in spots. Head out on the first shuttle bus to avoid the masses or wait until evening.

Great hike to start your trip with, visit in the winter if you want to avoid the massive crowds. This trail gets overlooked because of the more popular spots in Zion but it is definitely worth the time and effort.

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