Hike the Zion Subway - Bottom Up

6.5 Miles Round Trip - Out-and-Back Trail

The Subway, Zion National Park - Search Nearby - Added by Lindsay Daniels

See Zion's famous Subway feature and cool off by walking in the river most of this hike and swim in the pools that are above the Subway. This is the non-technical part of the Subway. Make sure you have a permit.

Start your day early at the Left Fork Trailhead on Kolob Terrace Road from the town of Virgin outside Zion National Park. This 6.5 mile out and back hike will take you to one of the most beautiful features in Zion National Park: The Subway. You'll start with a steep descent into the canyon. This will also be your exit, so make sure to orient yourself once you're in the canyon and remember where you came from. It can be easy to miss on the way out!

Don't be afraid to get wet! This hike is meant to be through the river, so make sure to wear the appropriate clothing/footwear. Along the way, wander a bit off trail to see dinosaur tracks (37°17.986 N, 113°04.207 W). Right before you reach the Subway, you'll reach beautiful cascades where many photographers stop to take photos. A little further up the trail is where a band of water shoots through slick sandstone. Just around the corner from the slots of rushing water is the Subway. Be careful in this area as it is really slippery! Meander your way up above the subway and look down into the curved canyon walls. When the sun is high, the light bounces off these walls and creates an amazing orange glow. Go further up the canyon to reach a waterfall and some deeper pools to take a dip.

After you've cooled off and enjoyed the beauty of the Subway, head back the way you came.

Be aware of flash floods possibilities and talk to park rangers about any potential dangers.

To obtain a permit, go to Zion National Park's website and apply for one. You'll have to pick up the permit in the park the day before your hike, so plan ahead.

Remember, this is an all day hike, so start early!

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Photography
Swimming
Hiking
River
Scenic
Waterfall
Swimming Hole

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6.5 Miles
Out-and-Back Trail

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one of my all-time favorite adventures and has gotten better each time i've done it. It's challenging and beautiful!

This is my favorite hike of all time!

You can also access the Subway from the top...but you need to have canyoneering experience/equipment. A lot of fun if you do though!