Hiking Zion’s Subway

Zion National Park is a hiking park. The Narrows and Angel’s Landing are the two most popular but The Subway Hike is probably third. You do need a permit to do this hike but it is worth the effort. Here’s a link to the permit process Subway Permit Process There are two ways to hike The Subway, one from the top down which requires rappelling and from the bottom up. The following images are from the bottom up hike. This hike is about a 6 mile round trip and will take from 6 to 9 hours. The trail follows the left fork of North Creek. On a hot day, its great to strap on some water boots and slosh through the creek instead of hiking besides it.



The hike goes up the left fork of North Creek



And passes terraces of small waterfalls.


Autumn Falls

Autumn has arrived at North Creek


North Fork Terraces

Archangel Falls


Fall Reflection

Pools of water provide a mirror for the autumn colors.


The Crack

The crack leads you to the entrance of The Subway.


Subway Entrance

The tubular shape of The Subway now comes into view below the steep sandstone canyon walls at Zion.


Subway Pools


Subway Pools


Subway Pools


The Subway

So tubular!


The Subway at Zion


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  1. Zion was great! We spent 2 full weeks in the park hiking. Thanks for the post.


  2. These are just spectacular! Zion has been on my bucket list for a while.


  3. Gorgeous series of photos!


  4. Our world has such beauty.. thanks for sharing a part of that beauty


  5. The pictures inside the “subway” seem other-worldly, like something out of an Ursula K. Le Guin novel. Magical. Strange and a little scary, too.


  6. So beautiful. So if you do the round trip, do you have to rappel on the way down?


  7. The Subway and the Narrows are definitely on my bucket list…


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