The Emerald Pools Hike…Meh
Zion National Park, Utah
Me and a buddy had hiked the subway before the rest of our group rolled in to town somewhere around 4:30 a.m. the next morning. Sitting around camp as the sun got higher, we decided we couldn’t just wait for them to roll out of their tents so we figured we’d check out the Emerald Pools, more as a time-killer. The Emerald Pools is one of the “classic” hikes in Zion National Park that is described and “an oasis in the desert” and the hike was exactly as described – Short, easy, and crowded (very, very crowded!). I’ll add “anti-climactic” to that too. With the low snowfall Utah had received over the winter, the Emerald Pools waterfalls fed by spring runoff were barely a trickle. There are three pools along the hike: lower, middle, and upper. The lower pool has two 40′ falls (??) draining into a small pond and one of those falls was simply seeping down the sandstone wall. As for the upper fall, which is much taller than the lower, the water was dissipating before even hitting the pool at the base. I don’t even have a picture of it because it was so anti-climactic.
Don’t get me wrong – the Emerald Pools hike is still in Zion so of course it’s absolutely beautiful so if you’re looking to kill time, like we did, it’s totally worth it. But this won’t be on my ‘must-do’ list when visiting the park unless there had been some serious snowpack over the winter or recent rains.