The Subway: Top-Down

  • Hiking the


Dogs No

Bird Watching

9.5 (miles)


Point to Point

~250 (+) (Elev. Δ - ft)



The Subway: Top-Down is an incredibly difficult hike in Zion National Park that requires some canyoneering knowledge, but those who complete are rewarded with a world-class experience. The "Subway" narrows are only about 400 yards long but in that short distance lies truly breathtaking scenery. The park says "This strenuous 9.5-mile hike requires rappelling skills, 60 feet of rope, and extensive route finding experience. The route also requires swimming through several deep pools of very cold debris-filled water. The trail begins at the Wildcat Canyon Trailhead and ends at the Left Fork Trailhead. Both trailheads are located on the Kolob Terrace Road north of Virgin, Utah... Visitors are encouraged to travel with an experienced hiker of Left Fork (The Subway) or obtain a detailed route description. Permits are required regardless of the direction of travel. Left Fork (The Subway) is a day-use area only." Before embarking on this hike make to talk with rangers and go over your plans to ensure you are prepared. There are three campgrounds in Zion National Park. The South and Watchman Campgrounds are located in Zion Canyon. The Lava Point Campground is roughly an hours drive from Zion Canyon on the Kolob Terrace Road.

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Entrance and Camping Fees, Backcountry Permits Required
Contact: Zion National Park Springdale, UT 84767

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