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The Subway, Zion National Park

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  • We did the top down route. An amazing and challenging hike through multiple layers of nature and geology. Many of your hiking, routefinding and canyoneering skills will be tested. You have one or two ...  more »
  • Its just a wonder of nature and you'll be fascinated once you reached the waterfalls before the subway, and then the subway it self. Its absolutely gorgeus and magical. The sun makes the subway look r...  more »
  • Over the years I have ventured into the Zion Canyon National Park backcountry hiking areas more times than I can remember. Of all my outings, The Subway (Left Fork) hike is by far my favorite. This tr...  more »
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  • I've been on so many hikes but this one is right up there with the best of them. The way the park runs the lottery insures that there won't be too many people out there so the feeling of solidarity remains intact. My son and I especially liked the fact that a large portion of the hike was in the river. It added another level of fun to the hike. The subway itself is almost otherworldly. So beautiful! We'll do it again for sure!
  • Bottoms up! Oh I mean bottom up that is! Not for the meek or faint of heart. This hike is a 6 to 8 hour journey even up to 10 depending on your speed and agility level. Beautiful scenery lots of river crossings and the geological wonders of the Subway as your final destination. Be prepared to go in water up to your neck if you want to go all the way to the waterfall. Recommendations for winter hikes with shorter hours of daylight: Start at sunrise so you can complete the round trip before sunset and wear neoprene socks and dry pants available for rent at local outfitters.
  • Get a cheep water filter so you don't have to carry water bottles. Plan on 9-10 hrs and burning massive calories. It's cool!
  • The service here isn't terrible but they are very slow at making sandwiches and getting you in and out. My wait time is always around 20 min even with just having a small number of people in line.
  • Bottom up is indeed an arduous climb + wade journey. In addition, there's a 400 ft high switchback section that you'll need to climb back up at the end of the hike. If you want to reach the very end of the trail, be prepared to swim in the pools - and the water may be quite cold. I was expecting wild colors in the Subway - based on the posted pics - but in reality, the colors are much more muted, greenish/brownish. Ultimately, this is more about the rewards of having completed a physical challenge vs having seen the Subway, imho.
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