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This hike is awesome! There is a fairly extreme element of danger due to the huge drop offs on either side of the trail, but it makes for a very exciting hike with great views at the end! This trail is extremely crowded especially once you reach the top and the chains.

Wife and I loved it! If you don’t hike much it can be a bit strenuous, but I still tend to recommend this one to anyone (beginners included). The ending makes it all worth it!

a great accomplishment and great workout

hiking
2 days ago

Totally worth the extra leg work to get there. (Meaning permit and drive). Being a solo I lucked out and walked up to the Wilderness desk and got a permit for following day. I’ve got good luck!

The trail was what I’d consider moderate and only so bc of the trail navigation skills required. I found it to be beautiful and peaceful. It’s hard not to feel special connection with so few people out there.

The potholes were Fantastic! The morning was perfect weather and by noon when I finished- the sun hit the incline part of the trail. That’s was great motivation to finish that last mile quickly.

I did this over Labor Day weekend with my sister — This is an amazing hike and a MUST do!! We received advice from our rappelling guide the day before to go as early as possible and take the first shuttle (you have to take a shuttle to the trailhead) to avoid crowds and FYI you will get best pictures in the am of water etc. BEST ADVICE EVER shout up around 6:30 am but beware the water is cold—-and you are in it the whole time so bring a jacket. They try to rent out water shoes but we wore our trailing running shoes and were just fine and opted for no poles and while slippery in places if you are atheistic and have strong legs you’ll be golden. We went about 5- 6 Miles in (until it got up to our shoulders then turned and did the 5-6 miles back out...don’t miss the bonus canyon!!! At the fork make a right and jump up over the little fall and go back a few miles — can’t remember what this one is called but we did it again on the the advice of our rappelling guide the day before and it was so cool and not very many people doing it. HAVE FUN and do this!! Can’t wait to go back and do the subway if I can get a permit or angel landing which was closed while we were there! Loooove southern Utah and Zion!!

Wow! I hit this puppy early in the morning with some snow sprinkles and I’m glad I left when I did. Boy does it get toasty on the ascent. Easy wide trail, but super steep in sections. Very beautiful views. It also gets CRAZY busy as the day unfolds, which makes you require a bit more patience. After we reached the top, we broke off on another trail for another 2 mi or so. Quite remote & beautiful!!

I have to add that so many people don’t eat the right shoes and they bring little to no water. I personally find that absolutely insane. Do some prep work and don’t put others at risk because you need help.

Great hike !!!

hiking
6 days ago

This trail was unforgettable and hands-down the best hike of my trip to Zion. We started the hike around 7:20 AM and finished around 2:00 PM. We had the trail to ourselves the majority of the time.

The slot canyons are absolutely breathtaking and worth the trek. The only strenuous portions of the trail are the descent and ascent to the river. Otherwise it’s quite a pleasant and easy trail. The terrain is mostly sand, so it’s similar to walking on a beach in hiking shoes.

Recommendations:
- Start early in the day because the climb in and out of the canyon is quite steep and strenuous; you won’t want to do that in full sun.
- Pay attention for snakes, spiders, and poison ivy on the social trails out of the river.
- The water in the slot canyons is COLD, so brace yourself.
- Bring some sandwiches to enjoy once you’re out of the subway. There’s a nice flat rock to sit on and relax. You’ll be surrounded by a waterfall and butterflies.

backpacking
7 days ago

Hiking the Narrows Top-Down and is definitely more enjoyable than Bottom-Up (way less crowded for most of the hike). We took a shuttle up to the Ranch and started the hike around 815. The 12 campsites available are nicely spaced and above the water. We landed campsite 10 so we got the bulk of our hiking done the first day. I highly recommend bringing/renting canyoneering boots or at least using neoprene socks with waterproof shoes. Also, a trekking pole or walking stick will make hiking through the rocks and river easier. As you reach the last 6 miles of the hiking you’ll start to notice all the crowds for those starting bottom up.

I loved every moment of the trip. People were amazing and helpful, we started to hike around 0430 hours reached there at 1030 hours. It won’t take long if you have a day pack. But it’s not a place for day hike, you have to carry tents and all other gears to stay there. There are mule carriers that you can use to get your luggage transported to campgrounds. Beautiful places, water feels soothing, of course after that long hike you need it. Overall my experience was really awesome. Try to start as early possible in both ways to avoid heat.

Once in a lifetime experience; however, I'm returning for another viewing of this sensational place.

Long hike, started at 0400 there and 0200 on the way back to beat the heat. The falls were magnificent, each site with its own personality. Loved every second of it!!

Locals yelling politically charged racial slurs repeatedly throughout the hike through the canyon as well as the village would keep me from recommending or returning to this place. The population of aggressively and outwardly racist villagers (to whom you must pay a lot of money for the privilege of visiting) is a minority, but a very vocal and significantly disruptive minority just the same.

So fun! Getting within one mile of the trailhead was easy in a small 2wd rental car and took about an hour from the paved road - however the last mile before the trailhead was definitely *not* passable in a low clearance car.

The hike was incredible! So much fun. There’s lots of scrambling involved - the first crux is climbing into peek-a-boo canyon which was a little slippery, and the second crux was going deep into spooky slot under a few large boulders. Was definitely glad to have GPS navigating between the end of peek-a-boo and the start of spooky - the trails and cairns are all over the place.

Such a fantastic adventure! Last word of advice is to not keep any soft fruit in your backpack, it will likely be crushed 

Really fun hike! Quite the long, empty desert drive out to the hike though. Make sure you have a full tank of gas before you make the drive ‘cause there are no gas stations nearby—at least not when we did the hike, (which was in 2013). Also, it’s a very rough road...four-wheel drive adventure vehicles recommended for the road to this hike.

It offers great, beautiful canyon exploring. My family & I really enjoyed the hike. Just be prepared with water. Though it seems like it would be a short hike, it is hot and it does take awhile. Snacks and other random things you might not normally bother to hike with, like tissues, are also a good idea for just-in-case scenarios. (For instance, my brother had a major nosebleed half-way through the hike, prob. b/c the extreme, dry heat. Tissues would have been nice...) Also, a compass might be useful, or using this gps trail map. Once you leave the first canyon, it is a little difficult to find the next canyon. Maybe directional signs have been added since we hiked it, but there weren’t any indications of where to go back when we hiked it.

The road getting to the trailhead is about 26 miles of washboard, gravel, sand and decent sized rocks. If you have a vehicle built for these conditions you can make it there pretty quick but we took our time to spare the wear and tear on our vehicle and it took us about 2 hours to get to the trailhead (from the paved road). When making the turnoff from the road to the trailhead most vehicles can make it to the first parking lot (about 1 mile) but the last mile plan on walking in cause the ruts in the road are very large.

As for the trail. The first portion of the trail is descending down into coyote canyon. From Here you will see about a 10 foot wall with some handholds, this will get you in to peek a boo gulch. From here you can take your time exploring the gulch. It gets pretty narrow towards the end. The gulch widens and ascends back up.

You then are above the ground for a while as you follow the cairns to spooky gulch.

Spooky gulch is much narrower than peekaboo and you are a lot further down. We were in this gulch around 5 PM and there was not a ton of light. Our saving grace was these reviews that stated about when you get to the obstruction of the trail by the rockslide. We found the opening on the left side. My husband went down first, then we used a rope to drop our bags down, then he helped me through. There is about a 9 foot drop down onto a flat and stable rock. At this point there is no turning back. The gulch gets EXTREMELY narrow and you have to carry your backpack for most of it. Just keep going because there is an end the the gulch eventually widens. The footing is not flat through the very narrow portion. You then follow the dried up riverbed back to coyote canyon.

I highly recommend downloading an offline map, that saved us from getting lost from peekaboo to spooky gulch. (We used the app maps.me). Thanks to the offline map keeping us on the trail took us about 3 hours including the 1 mile walk in from the first parking lot.

Bring lots of water!! This would be a difficult/scary hike to do alone!

It’s worth it even if you’re afraid of heights! My best suggestion is to go as early as possible because it does get very busy and you will have to wait to inch around people. You hold onto a chain for a good part of the last 1/3 of the hike. But there is plenty of space to sit and enjoy a snack and the views at the top. Not super strenuous in my opinion, and like all other hikes I’ve done there’s always those people running up it like no-big-deal-it’s-just-my-usual-Friday-morning-jog.

Amazing views! Did this in June and it was HOT. One of the best hikes I’ve done, amazing slots. A little tricky point in Spooky you have to climb down- there were 4 of us and we had to assist, but might be difficult for some first timers. Went on a Friday around 10 am and wasn’t crowded at all. Would do again in a heartbeat.

When discussing this trail with friends and trying to decide which is best Havasupai or Kaibab/Bright Angel at the S. Rim to Phantom, it is always a toss up. They both offer so much and are so different. I think the big draw for Havasupai is the blue green water so you want to go when you can swim and enjoy being in the water. This year we were there May 5-6th. I prefer to go in April, but it's hard to get permits and rooms now that social media has over exposed, so you go when you can get a permit. I will say on the way, we saw lots of grumpy hikers. I believe we started out around 10 and it was getting warm. We were going down and they were in the grind on the way up to the Hualapai Hilltop, which I believe is about a 2000' gain. There is no shade on the way up so you do not want do do this stretch between 11-3 when 100+ degrees. The hike down is relatively easy, but back light as it is 8 miles to town and approximately 10 to the campground. I like staying in the campground next to the creek, but this time we were in the hotel, which is basic but offers a bed, sink, shower, toilet and a/c, plus you are only going to be sleeping there as there is so much to see and experience. Food can be an issue when staying in the hotel. Our first night the cafe closed at 4pm, the store closed at 6pm, and we did not find this out until 6pm, so we had to walk to the second store which is near the large corral when you are first coming into the town of Supai. We also had to get creative and had to have frozen burritos, a jar of salsa and bag of tortilla chips for dinner microwaved in the store, as our room did not have a microwave. This is all part of the adventure. I am telling you this so you know to be ready for Plan B. If camping you have planned out your meals, if in the hotel, most would think they would be eating at the Cafe. The first day we explored the waterfalls closest in - Navajo and Havasu, so close to 16 miles that day. The next day we got up early and did Mooney (there was still a wait at approximately 8am to go through the tunnel and use the ladders to get to the base.) and proceeded on to Beaver which is my favorite. It is an effort to get there and I was surprised to see that it looked like Spring Break on MTV when I arrived. There were lots of 20 year olds and numerous brightly colored floats. I have been twice before in late March and early April and had only seen a few people at Beaver in the past. Once again tempering your expectation for pristine as it was a party scene in May. For dinner the second night we took advantage of the Fry Bread Booth near Havasu Falls - delicious! Due to the high temperatures, forecast was 97 on our departure day, I wanted an early start to avoid the heat on the climb out, so I would not become one of those grumpy hikers we saw coming in. We started at 5:30am and had no problems. We were fortunate with a little cloud cover to keep the temps down. I will say it was much better with a 15# day pack than my two previous treks with a 30# backpack. Maybe that's why I was smiling and saying hello to everyone I passed along the way. Our group was out in 2.5-3 hours with day packs. Two of our party ended up getting bad blisters from water crossings and partially wanted to take the helicopter out. Be advised the cost is $85 and it's first come/first serve. When we left Supai at 5:30am there was already a line. Our group was told 7am was ok to line up and they did not get out until 11:30am, so we we were stuck waiting 3 hours on the hillside after we had hiked out. This is an amazing trip and one to be experienced, but best to come prepared with everything you might need or be flexible, as you may have to go to Plan B.

We did this over the 4th of July. HOT and no shade!
It's a 30 mile drive on Hole in the Rock Rd, which takes 1 hour. It's not paved, but rather a dirt, sandy, bumpy road. You'll prefer a truck or SUV that has a higher clearance. Get your map ahead of time, as it is not clearly marked. You will find Cairns along the way in efforts to help, but know where you are going ahead of time.
We got lost trying to find Peek-a-Boo and Spooky, but didn't much care because everything was so beautiful.
After 3+hours we found Spooky and it was worth the long hot day. SO Frickin' Cool!! We went to Peekaboo next and then finally to the car. We ran out of water because we hadn't planned on the 5 hour day of full July Desert sun. A fabulous day, but longer and hotter than we expected due to having trouble finding the canyons.

** The best advice I've ever seen on here is this: Have a gallon of water in your car for when you are done. **

We didn’t go to far into the narrows because we hiked a lot that day and wanted to go there really to cool off and relax. You don’t have to go to deep to see the beauty.

hiking
22 days ago

Amazing hike! You'll need a backcountry permit to do this hike. It's not maintained since you just follow the river upstream, but there is a definite trail to follow (unless you simply want to wade in the river the whole way). The current is not swift at all, and is actually stagnant in most places, so if you have water shoes go for it.

The Subway is at the very end of the hike, and can be slick since the water is now running over moss-covered rocks. The circular pools in the Subway offer a nice place to cool off after sweating all day! Although we saw a number of people rappelling with wet suits on! The water is certainly freezing in the Subway where it's shady (not nearly so for the rest of the hike).

The steep switchbacks at the beginning are the most difficult part of this trail. The rest of it is flat walking along the river, navigating boulders, trees, river crossings, etc. with little difficulty. Aside from the switchbacks, I would not rate this trail as hard. Although it is long.

Bring water shoes and clothes that can get wet! Also, mind the weather and don't enter the Subway if you hear thunder.

Four stars because this trail needs better signage. There are many confusing cairns, strange graffiti on rocks and a metal box containing trail notes with the ominous advice: “don’t trust the maps”. Also, check the weather multiple times and don’t take any chances. After all my research, obsessively checking the forecast and calling the shuttle company in Escalante about it, my group was still caught in a flash flood. Luckily we were rescued by said shuttle company and our own emergency supplies. We made it out with some scrapes and mild hypothermia. Here’s what we thought of the hike: we really loved Peekaboo and would do it again easily. Wish it had gone on for miles. Spooky was a different story. Puzzling out those boulders and dropping into that little hole underneath while thunder boomed above us was not ideal. We figured we had to go through it as quickly as possible and get the heck out of dodge. This slot is probably beautiful and a blast to go through when it’s a sunny warm day. On this morning it was dark and suffocating and it seemed like it would never end. We desperately shimmied through it and got pretty skinned up by the walls in the process. The rain and hail began shortly after we started ascending towards the parking area. Seeing the dirt red cascades of water pouring down the slickrock and into those canyons is a a chilling sight I will never forget. Thank god we weren’t in the slots. We were told after rescue that people die in that area every year, usually after wandering around lost in the heat. Bring your 10 essentials. Don’t go alone. Be safe out there folks.

One of my all time favorite hikes

I highly recommend this hike. This is one of the most beautiful places I've been. I would definitely bring poles since footing is hazardous in the river. Watch for deep spots near fallen boulders.

hiking
24 days ago

Absolutely loved this hike. If you’re an experienced hiker this trail is extremely easy to navigate. If you are new to strenuous hikes with little trailheads then it’s best to buy a physical subway trail map at the zion visitor center; it helps tremendously and makes your trip more focused on the wonderful views this hike has to display. The coolest part was seeing ancient dinosaur tracks that lay on a slab of rock half way in the hike! So cool! The red waterfall and actual subway at the rendezvous was mind-blowingly beautiful. Make sure to bring plenty of snacks and plenty of water since it is about a 5-8 hour hike depending on how much time you spend at the subway. Couldn’t have asked for a better hike!

One of the most challenging hikes I've done, but it was so amazing! I was in love with this hike, the chains at the end are not for the faint of heart (or those with a fear of heights) but they were such a fun challenge. Willy's wobbles are the series of 25 or so switchbacks prior to the start of the steep section of the trail, which really wore us out! The views all the way up the trail are gorgeous, but once you get to the top it is breathtaking. My advice: go EARLY. we woke up at 0430-0500 to make it to the first shutte (and near the front of the line). By the time we boarded the shuttle, there was already a line of at least 100 people behind us. The hike is also much better in the cool morning air.

Unique and a must do when in Zion! Your ankles do take a beating on this one. I do recommend renting the canyoneering boots and neoprene sock if you don’t have your own. Also, a walking stick or pole is a must for balance. Start early to avoid the crowd, it’s a zoo out there the later it gets, especially on a weekend. So much so that it takes away from the enjoyment. (Bottom-Up)

I’ve done this hike twice with the entire family. It is an epic hike with very treacherous sections the last 1/2 mike. I agree with others that there are many inexperienced people and the crowds make it dangerous. Most people however are very friendly and courteous, it just makes it difficult for groups to stay together and keep moving. Lots of stop and go, like L.A. traffic on a hiking trail.

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