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Emerald Pools - ZionSouthwest, UT
Southwest, UT
Hiking avatar Oct 06 2012
tibber
Hiking3.00 Miles 500 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles   1 Hour   50 Mns   2.31 mph
500 ft AEG      32 Mns Break
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After we had our beer :) at the Lodge to celebrate our hike of Angels Landing :y: , Toni and I decided to hit the Emerald Pools since they were just across the river. Once again the trail starts out very nice as you walk along the river for just a bit. And once again, there were lots of folks on the trail and as much as I prefer, like most of us, having the trail to myself it's good that folks are out in nature.

We were in shade for most of this hike so as we passed by the pools I think it created a different kind of aura than being in the sunshine. The first pool was small but had some trickling water falls from hanging gardens that you still had to go under as you crossed over that part of the canyon to make your 100 ft ascent to the Middle Pools.

There wasn't much water in the middle pool area but enough to get a nice reflection from the mountains above us. There were quite a few people at this pool so we moved on to the Upper Pool. For the shortness of its length, it's quite the little hike up to that pool. The trail takes a little negotiating compared to what we had been traversing. And then getting down to the pool looked like a free for all.

The Upper Pool was the largest and had a nice beach. The cliffs of Heaps Canyon above it were astounding. We spent about 10 minutes here before heading back down. We encountered a large group of spry elder folks and then kind of felt a little foolish :oops: at our whining about that last .4 tenths & 200 feet gain to the Upper Pool.

We would have liked to do the loop via the connector trail back to the TH but there had been a wash out so that was closed. We stopped for a moment at the Middle Pool as there were fewer folks. And then it was back to the Trailhead on a lovely afternoon :) . Along the way we saw several deer including a large fawn so that was pretty cool :DANCE: .

Yep, I'd say it was a good first day of hiking (Angels and Pools) on my first time at Zion. Unfortunately, we had to stand for our long bus ride back to Watchman's Campground. We finished the day off with pizza (one of the pizzas was a chicken alfredo and it was darn tasty). Tomorrow would be the start of our backback trip into Kolob Canyon. Whoo hoo!

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