Trip Start Sep 20, 2010
39Trip End Oct 26, 2010
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After surveying the canyon by shuttle yesterday we chose the Middle and Upper Emerald Pools Trail for today. The Lower Pools and Angel's Landing trails were both closed for repairs. We had heard about Angel’s Landing from friends and it sounded both beautiful and challenging, very exposed with steep drop offs on both sides of the trail as it neared the "landing". George would have eagerly hiked it but I admit to feeling relieved that it was closed given my inclination to “high anxiety”.
We accessed the pools trail across from the lodge and it climbed steadily but we were in the shade of the mountain. As we neared the middle pool we heard the squeals of children and passed a number of elementary school kids on their way down, at full speed and full volume, a field trip for some lucky kids but I did not envy the chaperones. I am happy to report our timing was perfect, when we arrived at the middle pool it was very quiet, peaceful in fact. The pools were not quite emerald but are reported to be at certain times of the year.
A little more climbing and a little scrambling over rocks and we reached the upper pool, set against the base of a sheer curved cliff on three sides of the pool and with what I can only describe as a sandy beach on the front side. This would be quite a refreshing retreat on a hot summer day.
We took our time going down and then enjoyed another delightful lunch at the lodge, this time on the large outdoor deck with some of Zion’s magnificent crags across the way. Another day in paradise.