The Subway Via Wildcat Canyon Trail

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The Subway Via Wildcat Canyon Trail is a 8.9 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Springdale, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October.

DISTANCE
8.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1991 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

NOTE: Backcountry permit is needed from Zion National Park in order to do this hike and you will need to be guided unless you have the equipment and experience to do the rappelling. This trail takes hikers through one of the most beautiful sections of slot canyon in Zion National Park. The Subway is a strenuous day-long hike with some beginner technical canyoneering aspects. The route involves several short rappels, some down-climbing, and a few cold swims. This route starts at the Wildcat Canyon Trailhead and ends at the Left Fork Trailhead. Much of the hike involves walking through shallow water.

9 days ago

If you start this hike from the trailhead that's located about 6 miles into Kolob Terrace Rd (coming from Springdale) this is absolutely a difficult hike - shocked AllTrails has it listed as moderate considering some of the other trails I've completed that the app lists as hard.

For starters, this trail is almost 17-miles roundtrip so do not think it's 8.9 miles as the app listed - I didn't pack enough water and food for 17 and as a result it became awfully grueling towards the trip back. Finished the hike in about 6 hrs and it was the adventure of a lifetime! You really have to trust your instincts on this one and figure out the trail path. It helps having the river as a guide but otherwise it's your own adventure. I would also advise to bring a first-aid kit as I got pretty banged up hiking through the river currents, and this hike does require a permit. The scenes are beautiful and the Subway waterfall at the end makes it all the more worth the grueling adventure. Amazing experience!!!

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2 months ago

Make sure you have rope, waterproof backpack, swimsuit and enough water, around 4 liter or more I finished it about 7.5 hrs. IT'S HARD

2 months ago

2 months ago

Not worth it. Very poorly marked and very easy to get lost. Also the subways are super underwhelming

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3 months ago

Started at 1100am and finished 12 hours later in the dark. The up hill climb in the dark is extremely difficult especially with the trail over lapping the creek back and forth and going up and down. If you take a map and it says a 1/4 mile that's if you went straight when the trail is actually winding. My Fitbit tracker got about 13 miles. Also water was cold but we had wet suites. Also bring plenty of water, snacks, and gear for repealing/climbing.

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6 months ago

Great hike with The Subway as the payoff.