The hike to the Lower Emerald Pool was our most disappointing hike in Zion. The payoff was not nearly worth the effort, even as minimal as that effort may be. (We heard from another family that the Upper/Middle Pools were fantastic.)
We took the trail from the Zion Lodge, but returned on the Kayenta Trail. Really wish we had gone to Kolob instead.
P.S. If you go at a time when the water flow is high, and the waterfall is robust (rather than a trickle), it might be worth it.
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