ElevationAscent: 457' 139 m
Descent: -458' -140 m
High: 4,709' 1,435 m
Low: 4,282' 1,305 m
GradeAvg Grade: 8% (5°)
Max Grade: 33% (18°)
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“An easily accessible Zion classic.”— Brian Smith
Features Birding · Cave · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife
Family Friendly Short enough that almost any kid can complete it, but hard enough to make it rewarding, this hike ends at an awesome cascade the whole family can enjoy. The lower and middle pools are great, too.
Enjoy the beauty of the cascade, which flows at varying rates depending on season and precipitation, and then continue on the trail to the middle pool. The middle pool is located on the cliff above the lower pool and feeds the falls. If you're feeling adventurous, hike up the steep and sandy Upper Emerald Pools Trail to view the highest of the pools and another waterfall.
From here, either retrace your steps to Zion lodge or take the Kayenta Trail to the Grotto picnic area.
The riparian area of the Virgin River supports enormous cottonwood trees and a diversity of herbaceous plants and grasses. Nearby, saturated wetlands make nice habitat for cattails, willows, aquatic plants, and rushes. Water seeping out of the Navajo sandstone creates tranquil springs and the unique â€œhanging gardensâ€ for which Zion is famous, full of ferns, wildflowers, and mosses.
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