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Great fun with kids but attention you‘ll get wet. We did it very spontaneously and we had a lot of fun even if we had to walk back with wet shoes and clothes. It is extremely crowed - we started it at about 10:30 am. However we really enjoyed itt.

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rocky
13 hours ago

This is a great trail. The views of the canyon and Watchman are incredible! It’s definitely moderate, going up switchbacks for quite a while. I would try to do in morning, early afternoon, or evening- due to our timing we ended up starting it at 5:00 when it was near 100 degrees and in total sun exposure for the climb up. Still manageable, with lots of water! The best part about the heat was we saw only a handful of people going up, and had the view loop to ourselves, a nice bonus. The way down was all shaded after the sunset behind the canyon walls. I’d highly recommend adding this to your list of must do Zion hikes.

Definitely worth it!

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no shade
20 hours ago

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rocky
21 hours ago

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rocky
22 hours ago

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scramble
1 day ago

Just do it. This trail is f*ckin awesome

hiking
1 day ago

The trail is crowded and you will wait on a lot of people in front of you, but the hike is exciting enough to deal with it.

hiking
1 day ago

This trail is so short and a nice way to cool off under the weeping rock, I'd definitely do it again. My kids 10, 8 and 5 did this fine with moderate whining since it was steep. If they realized how short it was, they probably would have whined less.

The review right before mine says it all. My kids did this hike, but it was our least favorite of the day, they were tired and hot at this point. Middle and upper pools I remember being better, but they are closed due to a rock slide. If I did it again, instead of starting at the narrows and working our way back, I'd start here and go up. The narrows has more shade.

Maybe even 3 stars just because it was so crowded. I usually avoid Zion in the summer side to the heat and the crowds, but decided to do one last hurrah before school starts. I forgot how pretty this hike is with the hanging ferns and columbines. Very easy trail my 2 year old could do. My kids loved wading into the river at the start of the narrows. Next time I want to bring gear to walk up the narrows just even a little ways with my kids. Looks fun.

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scramble
1 day ago

This trail is absolutely incredible. I dreamed of hiking it for years, finally did it back in March, and it exceeded my expectations! It is a winding incline sidewalk for about 1.5 miles, then a cool walk through Refrigerator Canyon for another mile. The switchbacks to get up to Scout’s Overlook are extremely steep but the view is incredible. If you get dizzy or panicked with heights then the chain section is not for you- but the adrenaline is awesome! It is narrow, though I would say the fisheye lens people photograph with exaggerates how small the trail is. There is still plenty of room to walk. The only downside to this hike is that it is VERY popular. We started around 8 am on a very cold morning and it was way too crowded when we were coming down around noon, to the point where we had to hold on to people’s hands who were on the chains at super steep parts. It got kind of sketchy then. It’s now my understanding that they do a queue system at the trailhead, though I’m not sure how much it affects the crowd at the top. Definitely recommend it, but start as early as possible.

Beautiful view, though not too much to see out or back. Great place to see observation point while the route from inside the park is closed!

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rocky
scramble
1 day ago

Top Down: The Subway Trail is an absolute stunner. It is nestled deep in the canyons of Zion, and truly wonderful but do not underestimate the technicality of the trail. All four raps had solid anchors but are a little tricky either to get into or to land from. In August there is a good amount of swimming. About 4 different occasions where it was too deep to touch. This hike will take you 11 hours, be prepared with plenty of food and a water filter. I hiked it in chacos which were light and worked wonderfully but if you need more stability on even surfaces hiking boots would be better. It’s best if you have a gps since the end of the hike “just follows the river” and it’s fairly easy to miss the exit especially if it’s dusk. Overall, worth doing but make sure you have the skills, the gear and a positive attitude from your group!

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rocky
2 days ago

Views at the end are amazing!! I agree with some other reviews that I wouldn’t rate this is “easy,” and Zion rates in their brochure as intermediate. My friend and I wore regular tennis shoes with not a lot of traction since we didn’t read these reviews beforehand and it’s very slippery, we both slipped/took a spill on the way back down. Some narrow spots without a railing so maybe keep your kids close. We did this in the morning before heading out and it was beautiful and the perfect temperature, and the rails were not hot yet so we were able to use them when they were there which was a big plus. Definitely would do it again, canyon views are gorgeous and unbeatable.

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rocky
scramble
2 days ago

Let me start with instructions on how to find this trail, it’s not listed on any maps and doesn’t have any signs, awesome hidden gem in Zion to get away from the crowds. We took the shuttle to stop 3 (Canyon Junction), walk towards the main road and then turn left (go opposite of the direction of the visitors center). Walk along this road towards the bridge, go all the way down the street, and on the left side of the road there will be “no dogs allowed/no bikers allowed” signs and this is the trail head. Keep following the sandy trail, we crossed the river a couple of times walking on the rocks. You’ll get to a point with a swimming hole and a big rock in the middle blocking your path — this is when you’re almost to the waterfall! I would say it was easy-moderate up to this point, but if you want to scramble up to get over to the waterfall and extra swimming holes it becomes more strenuous (I say this as someone who has done a fair share of hiking but not a lot of climbing/scrambling in the past). We climbed up the right side which was a little tricky but doable. We came back down the opposite side and I’m not sure which way would be considered easier. Worth it for sure to get to the waterfall side! There’s a main swimming hole there and you can swim, the water was a little cold but not too bad; we did this after a couple of other hikes so it felt great. You can swim over to the other side to get closer to the falls as well. There was one group of people hanging out by the holes at the end and we passed another group on the way back but didn’t see anyone else.

We completed this trail in Chaco type sandals and didn’t have a lot of issues there (just banged my toes here and there) as the bottom is entirely made up of rocks. Could definitely see the benefits of having a walking stick, however at the parts with faster currents my friend and I just held hands for extra balance and didn’t fall. We went midday so the sun was definitely on us and the water felt great. Beautiful views, definitely crowded but is very wide so this wasn’t an issue. On the way back off the river walk side walk there’s a swimming hole that we climbed down to and got in which was super fun! Worth it for sure.

8.8.19- My daughters (23/17) and I (60) hiked this trail starting at 0730 on 8.8.19. As noted in previous reviews the trail has many switchbacks as you climb to Scout Lookout. For our climb we were in the shade from the first switchback on the lower section of the trail up to Scout Lookout and then on the return from Scout Lookout until the last switchback on the lower trail section. The shade cover for a majority of the climb made the round trip much more pleasurable. On the narrow part from Scout Lookout to Angel’s Landing the key to comfort and success is patient and curtesy as you must allow for other climbers transitioning on the same narrow path to and from the summit. In the end we thoroughly enjoyed the trail, the challenge of the narrow transition to and from Angel’s Landing, and the stunning views on the way up to and once on Angel’s Landing Do bring plenty of water (we consumed 40oz each) and secure footwear. Enjoy if you go!

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2 days ago

Great hike! Easy-moderate, we did this first thing in the morning which worked out great as it was mostly shaded and not too hot yet. Moderately trafficked but not too crowded. Awesome views the whole way, small loop at the top. Would definitely recommend!

I read all the reviews and was excited to do this hike with my kids (age 11 & 8). Easy walk to the lower pool through some sand and rocks. The next pool with the waterfall is deeper and a great swim spot but you’ll need to scale a large boulder on the left side of the trail to get there. My husband did it easily. The kids & I needed some help! We all made it & enjoyed swimming...we were the only people there! We saw two Desert Bighorns on the hike out.

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2 days ago

We did this hike with our kids age 11 & 8. We started a little after 7pm to watch the sunset which set about 8:15. Great hike to do in the evening because it is completely shaded and the temperature had gone down to the 70’s. There are a few cliff edges as you hike so watch kids closely! The view from the top was beautiful! I wish we had started earlier so we could enjoy the view a little longer. Because the sun was setting, we took a few pictures and headed back down with our flashlights and headlamps. By the time we reached the bottom, it was completely pitch black but the stars were shining. Incredible! If doing a sunset hike, be prepared with lots of water and a flashlight or headlamp for each person in your hiking group.

Started the hike early in the morning but it was still crowded, lots of choke points where too many people get stuck going up as other people are trying to come down. A little overdeveloped for my taste, but the view at the end was spectacular and worth it. Also some people slip, fall, and die on the hike so maybe developing it with chains and concrete isn’t so bad. If you’re afraid of heights this hike isn’t for you, there are huge drop offs. Overall I loved it, but would probably opt to do some of the less popular hikes next time.

Amazing. One of my favorites ever. Not good for anyone with mobility issues or fear of heights. Watch your kids closely, the trail requires care and attention to your footing. Good anytime of the day, it was 100 degrees when we went up but plenty of shady spots to rest. Please for the love, do not wear flip flops.

Go as early as possible. we got the 6:15 shuttle to the trail ( if you go early you don't pay for parking or entry fee ). most of the bus got off at this trail so there were a bunch of people to start the hike, but overall it was quite. when we came back the crowds were ridiculous and I was glad we got up early to start it. definitely rent a good hiking stick, do not use regular hiking poles. As for shoes do not use water shoes but use hiking shoes. it was hot so they dried out quickly after leaving in the sun at our hotel. I will definitely come back and do this hike again at some point. Nice going in the summer with temps around 95 degrees, we just wore shorts and t shirts in the canyon,even at 7am it was fine. the river water was comfortable and not at any time we were cold. I don't think I would want to do this hike other than in the summer.

hiking
2 days ago

The view is great, the knife edge is great, but everything else I'd rather forget. The trail from the valley up to the ridge is a paved sidewalk which really takes away from the immersion. The chains are unnecessary if you have appropriate footwear and are comfortable with rock scrambling, and are a big contributor to the glacial progress and huge bottlenecks on this hike. I was on the first bus in the morning and avoided crowds on the way up, but the hike down was an absolute zoo. Many people there who were completely unprepared for the terrain and conditions. Observation Point is a better trail, better view, and less crowds, you just lose the knife edge. IMO, this is a beautiful viewpoint that has been sullied by overdevelopment. NPS would be wise to demolish the sidewalk and remove the chains and return this spectacular peak to its natural state. Sadly, I think it's too late and Angel's Landing should serve as a warning about the perils of making the parks too easily accessible.

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