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7 Photos from My Hike in The Subway, Zion National Park

Hiking the Left Fork of North Creek

By: Scott Sichler + Save to a List

On our last full day camping outside of Zion National Park, I was lucky to score a last minute permit to hike the amazing Subway. I did the non-technical bottom up route. The top down route requires rappelling. The hike is only 9 miles but is definitely challenging as you have to cross back and forth over a creek. There’s also no real trail and a lot scrambling over rocks and logs is required. 

The scenery is nothing short of spectacular. If you are a photographer, you will want to bring a tripod and be prepared to take a lot of pictures. 

After seeing muddy shoes thrown away the trail head, I decided to bring my trainers with Vibram soles and hiking boots. I had a change of wool socks after I finished the water portion. I should have used a hiking pole or walking stick for some of the slippery rock areas.

The tube-like part of the slot canyon really does look like a subway tunnel in New York.

I got a fairly early start and saw very few other hikers. This pair contemplated the last part where you have to submerge into the chilly water to go any further. Wetsuits are recommended. We collectively decided not to go any further.

Unfortunately the weather looked like it could rain again so I hustled back home to our camp above the Virgin River Dam so we could pack up and leave. We spent a uneventful night “camping” at our first Walmart parking lot. 


We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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