The Subway (Bottom-Up from Left Fork Trailhead)
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!
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.
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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