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This is a nice, intermediate hike for any beginner hiker of any age. I recommend continuing all the way to the end of the trail if you can do it because it's well worth it. Be careful because towards the end you do have to...More
This 1.2 mile, 1 hour easy trail starts at the Lodge. Paved trails lead to Lower Emerald Pool and waterfalls. It then connects to the Upper Emerald Pool which is located at the base of a cliff and Kayenta.
The strength of this hike is that it is fairly easy and offer some interesting sites culminating with the lower Emerald Pool. From an aesthetic and photographic standpoint, however, I found it disappointing. The lower Emerald Pool is small, stagnant, green and not terribly photo...More
Only the lower pool is open due to flash flooding that knocked out the trail. It's a cool view and I think even cooler to see what a flash flood does to a trail. We did it in evening with our kids. Fairly easy. Very...More
We hiked to the lower pool only as the hike to the upper pools was closed (Don’t know if it will open up this year) This is a lovely, easy hike with some neat views of the canyon formations. We hiked about 9am and had...More
Check the NPS website for updates. July 2018 there was a flash flood and the lower and upper emerald pool hikes are closed for repair Aug. 2018. People in Zion said they hoped the repairs would be finished for the 2019 season.
....except that we were NOT a family, and the amount of kids (and some behaving like....well, kids) made the hike less happy for us. The pools were a nice destination for them. So, if you're a family, this is for you. If you want a...More
Response from travelerscal | Reviewed this property |
No, you don't need a guide for these hikes. (I don't know about The subway). For Narrows you might need some equipment that you can rent near the entrance to the Park. Emerald Pools is an easy hike if you start from the... More
No, you don't need a guide for these hikes. (I don't know about The subway). For Narrows you might need some equipment that you can rent near the entrance to the Park. Emerald Pools is an easy hike if you start from the Lodge and finish in Grotto.
Response from nancym290 | Reviewed this property |
I think it will depend on your ability and determination. I am 61 and have a bad knee but I am in good shape otherwise. I took lots of breaks and my daughter helped me down the steeper parts of the upper pool trail (going... More
I think it will depend on your ability and determination. I am 61 and have a bad knee but I am in good shape otherwise. I took lots of breaks and my daughter helped me down the steeper parts of the upper pool trail (going down is harder on my knee). The lower pool is relatively easy. The upper pool is considered moderate and you will have to climb over rocks. It was doable and well worth it -- the upper pool is breathtaking.
We went from the Lodge to the lower pool then through the middle pool to the upper level. Coming back we went to the right to Kayenta Trail (very easy and view of the valley is unbelievable). We made a mistake and took the first right (marked to the Grotto); that trail was a bit steep. I think if we went lower and took the second right (to Grotto) the trail would have been easier. But ask a ranger at the Visitor's Center; they are very helpful.
This hike was one of our highlight so I would say try it and you could always turn back.