Wildcat Canyon Trail, The Subway Trail and The Left Fork of North Creek

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Zion National Park

Wildcat Canyon Trail, The Subway Trail and The Left Fork of North Creek is a 7.8 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Springdale, Utah that offers scenic views and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and rock climbing and is best used from March until October.

Distance: 7.8 miles Elevation Gain: 626 feet Route Type: Point to Point

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muddy

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scramble

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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.

hiking
off trail
rocky
scramble
7 days ago

Let’s just be straight up honest here, if you can fly then sure it’s 8.9 miles however I did the hike (top down) it’s a solid 11+ miles. However if you can’t climb Over boulders all day and have to keep crossing the stream. Well then you’ll clock about 16 miles like I did.. prepare for over 12 miles and you MUST bring a water filter.

3 months ago

Water was freezing. You'll definitely want a wet suit for October. You'll be wading in and out of the water basically the entire subway portion. The last deep pool is after the big repel at the end. I was disappointed in how short the slot canyon portion of the trail and the hike after you leave the subway seemed to take forever.

hiking
rocky
scramble
7 months ago

That was a lot of scrambling! Maybe the prettiest hike I have done in Utah. That says a lot. Nothing on the hike is too difficult. Very slow going in places. Leave yourself plenty of time. The Alltrails app was great. Just fallow it judiciously. The rappels are easy. The swim throughs are freezing until you get to moving water.

hiking
off trail
rocky
scramble
washed out
7 months ago

Good hike, beautiful views! I would HIGHLY recommend wet suits and a harness for everyone. We used the same for our team during rappelling. Trail is hard to follow and some of the points for the rappelling are not accurately placed. Plan to swim in some cold water! The end is a steep scramble up the cliff side and can be a bit difficult. Overall, beautiful views!

hiking
8 months ago

Amazing!!! So so beautiful! Beta: Bring a dry sack, 60 foot rope, and a spare set of clothes.

hiking
off trail
rocky
scramble
8 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

We did the top-down route this week. Started around 8:00 and hit some bottlenecks of larger groups on the final rappel into the lower pools. I would recommend starting earlier maybe to avoid back-ups at the rappels. Overall a seriously stunning hike with lots of little obstacles - from cold water swimming to the short rappels, but definitely worth it! I did get pretty cold during the swimming, so an extra shirt and shorts were helpful to stay warm, but the hike in and hike out can get pretty hot. Lots of boulder hopping and river crossing during the last few miles. Loved the short steep section over the lava outcropping at the end - what a way to finish. Take it in because it’s a beauty in true Zion’s fashion!

hiking
10 months ago

We did the top down with a group of 8. Had a great time with the 3 rappels, the multiple swims and much rock scrambling. Took a little under 9 hours- my GPS watch clocked it as a bit over 11 miles- were all cold intermittently during the middle 1/3 of the hike, but the first 1/3 and last 1/3 we were hot! Overall a Beautiful day and a great hike!

hiking
10 months ago

Did the top down route yesterday. Started at 8am and finished at 6pm. Group of 3 that didn’t rush. And we did not bring wetsuits. It got cold in a couple spots but not bad. We were glad we didn’t bring them. Great day to do it and we had a blast.

hiking
11 months ago

Amazing. 6/15/19 We hiked the Subway from top to bottom. The water wasn't as high or cold as the ranger had reported. We were a little nervous until we came to the water. It was a little cold, but didnt need or want to carry wetsuits. We did have neoprene socks. We did have a rope and harness. We started at 8 and finished at 5. We took our time and enjoyed every minute of it.

11 months ago

Took us almost 6 hours to get there... Extremely hard!

hiking
11 months ago

8 1/2 Hour Hike. Did it without a wetsuit, but recommend one. Defiantly doing this one again.

hiking
off trail
scramble
snow
Tue Mar 12 2019

We just did the subway, we snowed shoed in from where the road is closed from too much snow. We hit the trail around 9. We got a little lost trying to find the right trail on snow shoes. We all made it safe and sound but ran out of day light in the canyon. We all were on head lamps for the last 4 hours or so. We started at 9 and and ended right around midnight. Most challenging hike we have ever done.!

Wed Oct 24 2018

Definitely one of the best hikes I've ever been on! this is the only way to do the subway, folks. Coming from the other direction causes you to miss out on the whole experience. Ropes for obstacles & harnesses for repelling are necessary. tricky to find the trail in places but that is part of the adventure!! wetsuits also necessary in the late season. I love this hike!

Fri Sep 21 2018

The best hike I’ve ever done in my life!

rock climbing
Tue Sep 11 2018

I've been to almost every national park in the lower 48 and this is definitely the most variety and most fun of them all. We're two females who brought climing rope and harnesses (well worth the extra weight carry, plus its mandatory to get out of upper Subway). The first portion climbing/skidding/sliding down an intensely HUGE rock mesa is breathtaking. We said over and over that we'd happily just do that hike anytime! Then you get into the deep canyons and just when you're tired of walking, you rappel, then you swim (ALL your gear will be in water and there are many places you can't touch), then you emerge in one of countless amazing tunnel and slot canyons, then you do it all over again. Swimming through the narrowest slot canyon after rappelling down the entrance was my favorite. There's a wide, soft sand beach in the sun where you can dry out a bit before exploring the open-ceiling tunnel housing the famous log that everyone takes pics of. This is truly a bucket list experience and I'm thrilled to have done it. NOTE: the last 2 hours are GRUELING...bring some electrolyte chews for this and just keep going.

Thu Aug 16 2018

Great trail, look forward to doing it again next month.

hiking
Fri Jul 27 2018

Lived up to its billing! There used to be a log over one of the chasms in the final approach to the Subway, but that's gone now. The party just after us tried to leap it and someone broke a leg and needed rescue. Rappelling gear and knowledge is the way to go, even if you can self-rappel down the other obstacles (as seen in popular YouTube videos about the hike). Be safe!

hiking
Wed Jul 11 2018

Very challenging hike with a bunch of variety! So many different terrains and geologic features throughout the hike. The last few miles feel like they take forever and the final push up out of the canyon tests your limits. So rewarding to finish!

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