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The Subway (Bottom-Up from Left Fork Trailhead)

26 reviews #3 hike out of 114 in
10.3 mi
Distance
4 hrs 38 min
Time
terrain
1,257 ft
Elev Gain

Overview

This out and back trail in Zion National Park is rated difficult. The trail begins on a forested mesa but soon descends steeply into the Left Fork of North Creek. The fairly easy to follow trail crosses the creek numerous times as it wanders up to the Subway. The trail can be slippery at times, has plenty of boulders and trees to climb over and (depending on the time of year) can have deep water. A Zion backcountry permit is required for this trail. The deep, shady nature of the canyon along with the crystal waters of North Creek make this hike an all time favorite during the warmer months of the year in Zion!

Getting Started

First time visitors to Zion may not realize that there is a whole section of the park to the west, stretching all the way to I-15. For this hike, you will turn off of Highway 9 onto North Kolob Terrace road, located on the east side of Virgin, Utah. Once turning left off of Highway 9, you will drive uphill approximately 8 miles to the Left Fork Trailhead which will be on your right. The trail begins to the left of the restroom located in the parking lot.

Taking Children

Due to the length of the hike, the large boulders and trees to cross and the long, uphill climb at the end, this trail is not a great one for children under 10. We rate the Subway an 8 for kids. While they may have a great time getting to the Subway, the long return trip can distract from the fun. Make sure your kids love hiking if you plan on taking them to the Subway and back!



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    2 months, 4 weeks ago
    This hike is epic! It’s hard, yes, but anything worth doing is hard. There were very few people along the trail. The waterfalls are beautiful. The subway was amazing. Pools everywhere, filled with ice cold water. What fun! We made it to see the waterfall at the end. Yay me!
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    1 year, 8 months ago
    The Subway from the bottom up is a wonderful journey any time of the year. While I wouldn't go in snow, it is definitely worth going during warm winter days as you can have the entire canyon (almost) to yourself! The "trail" is rough going as it crosses the creek, boulders and trees numerous times. In addition, you must be prepared for a long climb back up to the trailhead at the end of the day! The canyon itself is gorgeous as are the crystal clear waters of North Creek. I carried a UV Filter water bottle so that I could drink whenever I felt like it without the burden of heavy water bottles. This hike is a must do for the intrepid!
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    3 years, 2 months ago
    This is a great hike! The software makes it super nice to find your way out. I had heard stories of hikers missing the trial up out of the canyon. I used the software to easily identify the way out. The hike is amazaing! So much water and beauty. I would do again, but not for awhile - I was tired by the time I got out. I packed water, but also had a filter - I drank at least 3 liters of water on the hike.
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    3 years, 4 months ago
    This was a hike that was brutal from start to finish. Started at the rim of the canyon at 9:00 am and came out about 5:00 pm. You can judge that comment as it came from a 62 year old male who discovered he ain’t as young as he used to be. You basically get to the river and make your own way in and back, scrambling over boulders and crossing the river more times than you could remember. Would I do it again? ABSOLUTELY YES! I couldn’t walk well for two days but now I know I need to work on the legs before anything like this hike again. Do not get caught down there if rain is in the forecast or you could be looking for a high perch to wait out the rush of water. Feeling adventurous, go for it!
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You need at least 3L of water
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