Zion National Park – Autumn – Middle and Upper Emerald Pools

The Emerald Pools trail is an easy hike, but what’s easy for Zion might be described as moderate somewhere else.  If you had trouble getting to Lower or Middle Emerald Pools, then go no further as the trail to the base of the upper waterfall is steeper and much more of a scramble with some loose rocks.

Feature Image Details

Middle Emerald does not have much of a waterfall, but it does pool water that can make for a very nice reflection on occasion. However, there are chains to deal with and the water was a bit brackish so I passed up the reflection shot for the one shown above.

Lower and Upper Emerald Pools 

The image below shows the Lower and Emerald Pools waterfalls from roughly the Middle Emerald Pools elevation. The water was not flowing heavily for this image.

I did not find the Upper Emerald Pools waterfall that photogenic from close up, and have no images to offer. It’s a nice hike and a powerful waterfall with lots of spray, but I do not think I even attempted an image. If pressed for time, my experience says skip it. If you are looking for a nice hike, go for it.

Other Zion National Park Images

  1. Zion National Park – Subway Trek Part Three – Inside the Subway
  2. Zion National Park – Subway Trek Part Two – The Crack
  3. Zion National Park – Subway Trek Part One – Archangel Falls
  4. Zion National Park Autumn – Great White Throne
  5. Zion National Park – Autumn – Lower Emerald Pools Part 1
  6. Zion National Park – Autumn – Lower Emerald Pools Part 2 (After a Rainfall)

Coming up: The Watchman, then Hiking the Narrows.

Mike “Mish” Shedlock