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The Subway

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The Subway - Zion National Park, UT

Photos by Rob Jones
Rob's Trip Report

   This particular "subway" is far, very far from a big city and typical commuter crowds. In fact, this unique channel is limited to just 50 travelers per day. Here in the Zion National Park the Left Fork of North Creek Using Rappel Skills - The Subway, Zion National park, Utah has tunneled its way through the soft Navajo and Kayenta sandstone, creating a dramatic backcountry hiking destination. This 9 mile trip will test all your canyoneering skills, requiring map reading, scrambling, rappelling, and swimming. The long oval passageway is filled with a variety of obstacles, including deep river channels, very cold debris-filled water and small cascades. This hike is a true test for any backcountry explorer.
   The Subway trek is found along Kolob Terrace Road and begins at the Left Fork Trailhead. This section of the park is far enough from Zion Canyon to be considered off the beaten track. From the town of Virgin, Utah, Kolob Terrace Road heads northward through the Kolob Plateau to a point where the paved road ends and the excitement begins. This backcountry area is filled with surprises, an area with natural wonders, small waterfalls and plenty of majestic mountain ridges and deep canyons.
   The Subway is a day-use area only and venturing into North Creek Canyon requires a Subway permit.

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