The Subway: Zion National Park

In the Subway with water flowing through it, and a tunnel  like entrance

The Subway is an out-and-back hike that is about 8 miles in total. It is a strenuous hike and it will take most people all day to finish the hike because there are no trails. You will be walking in the creek and scrambling over boulders. You will need a permit for this hike. It has become very popular and it is limited to 80 people a day. You can get information on the permits ,HERE The Subway Zion National Park photos are a must for the hiking enthusiasts.

Most people hike it in the summer or fall. We did it in the fall. You can hike in the spring but it is more difficult due to the spring run-off. Make sure you bring plenty of food and water and allow plenty of time to finish the hike. We started at dawn (pre-sunrise) and finished right after sunset. Make sure you check the weather and hiking conditions before starting.

Things you will need on the hike are a good pair of hiking/water boots, hiking poles or staff, a hydration day pack, and warm clothing. You can see what we used at the end of the article.

The Hike

The trail starts and finishes at the Left Fork Trailhead. From the parking lot, it is about a half mile to the steep descent of 400 feet. At the bottom, there will be some vegetation and an exit sign. Stop and look around as you will be tired on your return and you don’t want to miss the trail going up the steep climb. A lot of the cliffs and hills on the hike look similar.

This is where you will start upstream along the creek. There will be some game trails along the way but it is better to not use them as it can cause erosion. Do not hesitate to walk in the water because you will have to sooner or later. The Subway hike in Zion was a bucket list item for us.

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“Hiking the Taylor Creek Trail”

The start of the Subway Hike is along a stream lined with folders and colorful trees in Zion NP
The water was fairly low in the fall with the boulders along the bank and colorful trees and pine trees along the way in Zion national park
Lorna getting her feet wet as she stands in the creek with her hiking poles and colorful trees in the background in Zion national park

The Slickrock

Eventually, the canyon opens up and you will see more slick rock. There are 2 waterfalls that are very photogenic cascading over the slick rock. I don’t know if it is the official name but I called them Arch Angel Falls.

Lorna and Mike at the falls with the water cascading down, terraced sandstone with colorful trees in the background Zion national park
Arch Angel Falls cascading over terraced sandstone ledges with colorful trees in the background of Zion national park
A slot in the sandstone with water flowing through it and colorful maple leaves, framing it Zion national park

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Trail Guide Guide

From there it is just a short hike to get to the start of the Subway. The canyon walls start to curve up and out until it appears you are walking through a tunnel.

Lorna Leaving the falls with her hiking sticks and backpack with boulders and colorful trees in the background in Zion national park

Reaching the Subway

Approaching the Subway where the sandstonene starts to curve with water flowing over the sandstone and maple and pine trees in front of the cliffs in Zion national park
The entrance to the subway where are the undercut sandstone walls create a tunnel like effect a tower in cliffs in the background in Zion national Park?

Inside the Subway

Once inside the Subway: Zion National Park the footing gets very slick and I even fell twice. Luckily I didn’t damage myself or my camera. It is very beautiful and quiet as all you will hear is the water moving over the rock and a waterfall way in the distance up the canyon. Remember to protect your gear as The Subway Zion National Park Photos will be something you will cherish.

Inside the Subway  with water flowing over the sandstone in front of the curved walls in Zion NP
Colorful pools inside the Subway in front of the curved walls in Zion national park
Colorful pools inside the Subway in front of the curved walls in Zion national park
Water flowing into pools with the light creating an eerie feeling, and the curved walls in the background at the exit in Zion national park

From here you want to retrace your path and remember to leave yourself enough time to get out before dark and watch for that exit trail.

Exiting the Subway showing a hiker in front of the curved walls in Zion national park with water in the foreground
Exiting the Subway showing a hiker walking in the Stream with trees and cliffs in the background in Zion national park

The Climb Out

The climb out showing a hiker, scrambling up a boulder strewn cliff face in Zion national park

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