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Emerald Pool Trails

Basics
Location:
Off the main scenic drive in the Zion Canyon area of Zion National Park
Length:
2.5 mile loop w/spur
Difficulty:
Intermediate
Time:
2-1/2 hours
Elevation Change:
330 feet
Season:
March to November

Description

The network of trails to lower, middle and upper Emerald Pools are most rewarding. Lower Emerald Pool is surrounded by hanging gardens of fern, moss and monkeyflower and fed by three small waterfalls that run off Middle Emerald Pool 50 feet above.

The trail to Lower Emerald Pool starting from near the lodge is paved and climbs 70 feet. The trail turns to dirt just past the lower pool as it climbs more steeply up to Middle Emerald Pool. The trail gets even more steep as it climbs an additional 220 feet to Upper Emerald Pool, a beautiful small pool with a white sand beach. As the map shows, there are two trailheads.

Books

This is absolutely the best map available for hiking Zion National Park. It lays out the whole park three-dimensionally and shows more than 40 trails. You'll easily be able to see how to reach the trailhead and where the trail runs.

Details

Location:
Off the main scenic drive in the Zion Canyon area of Zion National Park
Length:
2.5 mile loop w/spur
Difficulty:
Intermediate
Time:
2-1/2 hours
Elevation Change:
330
Season:
March to November

Map + Directions

Basic Directions
During the main season, you'll need to take the shuttle. Off season: From the visitor's center at the south entrance to Zion National Park, proceed north along the main scenic drive. The trailhead will be across from Zion Lodge. A small parking area is on the left. The trail begins across the footbridge over the Virgin River.

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