Hiking Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks
by Erik Molvar & Tamara Martin (Falcon Guides)
© 2013 Erik Molvar & Tamara Martin/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.
On the weekends the trail is overly crowded which ruins the experience and the beauty. If you want to enjoy this trail or even the park plan it so that you are not in the middle of the hustle and bustle. The views are breathtaking and worth the time to plan a great trip. To read more about our trip check out my blog
Happy Hiking :)
If you're looking for a hike for kids, this is a great one. I know, "kids" is a relative term so consider the following...If you're taking kids under 5, I would recommend having an adult for each child. If you're taking kids older then 5 you shouldn't have a problem. Don't be mislead by the name, the pools are 'emerald' because of the algea in them, not because they are deep and green. The trail is on the west side of the canyon, so it gets plenty of sun in the morning and early afternoon. The best time to be on this trail is in the morning before May 15th and after Sep 15th or in the late afternoon from May 15th to Sep 15th. If you're a well traveled hiker looking for a challenge, I would skip the pools and consider doing Angles Landing or The Narrows. If you're looking for something for young children head up the canyon to Riverside Walk. Have Fun!
Not as exciting as hyped. Short walk with partial view of the Zion valley. The pools were not 'emerald' but just a puddle.
Great for a family stroll but don't expect too much.
We hiked these trails early in the season. This is probably one of the busiest trails at Zion, so hike it early in the day if you want to avoid the crowds. Try taking the loop going left to Middle Pool first, also to avoid the crowds, who seem to prefer the clockwise route. Good spot for a lunch break behind the Middle Pool area. Upper Pool was crowded with college kids. Incredibly, people with strollers trying to navigate the mud and rocks through Lower Pool trail loop. What a mess.
A nice, easy hike for families. Would recommend taking the trail to the middle pool all the way up to the upper pool and then down to the lower pool for an easier loop. The Angel's Landing hike is the best at Zion; this is a good preparatory hike!
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