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Review of Emerald Pools

Emerald Pools
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Owner description: A one-mile hike will bring you to this area of pools and waterfalls.
The Midlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
“When you have seen one.............”
Reviewed September 27, 2011

We found this relatively strenous hike to the Upper Pools quite disappointing, we don't know what we expected but it certainly wasn't spectacular. On the way back we visited Middle Pools and again nothing to rave about. The final descent took us through Lower Pools and after heavy rainfall or in the Spring I image this to be a pretty amazing sight. But for us it was just OK but the best of the three.

Visited September 2011
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Keller, Texas
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“Great hike! Lots to see!!”
Reviewed September 16, 2011

Starting from Zion Lodge, we hiked to Lower and Upper Emerald Pools (Middle Emerald Pool was closed). The hike to the upper pool had more elevation change and I would considerate it a moderate hike. The huge boulders around the pool were amazing. We did the loop and completed the trail by following along the 1 mile Kayenta Trail. Of all the trails we did this hike, the most spectacular views were along this trail. We finished our hike on Grotto Trail, an uneventful 1/2 mile hike back to the bus stop.

Visited May 2011
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Almere, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Terrible in August”
Reviewed August 31, 2011

We went on this trail in august. I wish we didn't waste our time on this trail.. Its a easy climb but when you reach the top you'll see nothing but a single water pool. Not spectacular nor beautiful.. Maybe this trail is better in spring. But don't waste your time on it around august. Go for the next trail.

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Level 2 Contributor
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Quite a workout”
Reviewed August 29, 2011

We decided to go on the Lower Emerald pool trail. It was beautiful and easy to get to. Then we decided to keep going. Since the Middle Emerald Pools Trail was closed due to rockslide, we kept going to the Upper Emerald Pool.

The trail guide wasn't kidding when it said, "A sandy & rocky trail that climbs to the Upper Emerald Pool at the base of a cliff." It said it would take an hour to do this 1 mile trail. But it seemed much longer in reality. This Upper Emerald Pool trail was quite a workout and a challenge to get up and down. We should have started this trail in the morning when it was cooler. But we did this in the afternoon and after this trail we were done hiking for the day.

The view was beautiful and it was worth the hike. The end of the Upper Emerald Pool trail was a pool surrounded by a cliff and rocks. We took awhile resting there before we were ready to start our way down this trail.

By the time we got down, there was another another turn off to the right. Since there was a chair there, we sat and rested for a few minutes. I wanted to know where that trail led to. There was a couple that was coming back from that trail so we asked them. They said it goes another 20 feet or so to a cliff edge. That didn't seem too far, so we went. I think it turned out to be one of the Middle Emerald Pools with a cliff view. That was also beautiful. You can see that the trail on the other side of the Middle Emerald Pool was closed with a sign. So we went back the way we came.

I was glad when we came down the Upper Emerald Pool. We were tired. Overall, the Emerald Pools Trails were worth doing. Next time we would start earlier in the morning if we wanted to hike the Upper Emerald Pool trail.

Visited August 2011
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Burlington, Vermont
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Another nice easy hike in Zion”
Reviewed August 19, 2011

We did this hike after doing the Weeping Rock trail. I think you probably don't need to do both of those hikes but we were sore after hiking all the way up the Grand Canyon the day before so needed some easy hikes. We went just to the lower pool since the middle one was still closed. It was pretty flat all the way and took us about 15 minutes to get there. There are some pretty views of the canyon and nature in it throughout the hike. Emerald pools were pretty but not too amazing. The trail was fairly busy when we went there, proximity to the Zion Lodge means that it is a very popular trail to do. Could easily skip this hike but if you're looking for another short hike to do this would be a good one.

Visited July 2011
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