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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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Not sure which I liked better. Emerald Pools or Angeles Landing. Both are very popular, and well worth it.

This is a short hike in Zion Canyon close to the lodge. It's a popular hike among visitors and for good reason. It's a short hike but it's beautiful.

Hike along the river in Zion National Park. This trail starts off relatively flat but gets steeper near the end. I love trails by a river.

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!

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

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!

Loved it!

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!

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.

There is a trailhead for this hike right next to the trail for Angel's Landing. It was a great "cool down" hike. The trail offers great views of the valley and anyone can do it!

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