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This is a strenuous 9-mile round-trip hike through the Left Fork of North Creek that requires route finding, creek crossing, and scrambling over boulders. This hike begins and ends at the Left Fork Trailhead on the Kolob Terrace Road.

There are two ways to explore The Subway (the Left Fork of North Creek). Permits are required regardless of the direction of travel. Both trips involve extensive route finding. Visitors are encouraged to do the trip with an experienced hiker of The Subway or obtain a detailed route description; we like this description for the Bottom Up Route and this description for the Top Down Route. The Subway is a day-use area only, so plan accordingly.

Permits can be acquired through multiple venues. The Advanced Lottery (3 months prior) can be applied for here. Advanced Reservations (up to 3 months in advance) can be applied for here. The Last Minute Drawing can be applied for here.

If you are able to obtain a permit, please take a look at the Park Service's Subway regulations, found here.

All-Day Hike: If doing the Bottom Up Route, start from the Left Fork Trailhead. If doing the Top Down Route, start from the Wildcat Canyon Trailhead.

Gem Type: Geologic Feature

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Scott Sichler   Oregon
This is a truly amazing hike. Believe the strenuous rating. It's a tough hike with plenty of obstacles and no real trail. Hiking poles or stick will come in handy as the rocks can be very slick. Nov 28, 2017

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Aug 11, 2018
Grace Ekiasue
Aug 9, 2018
Nancy Granado
Bring permit
Jun 16, 2018
Michael Sabangan
Apr 18, 2018
Paul Rabic
Mar 27, 2018
Amy Schroeder
Got permit, rented water shoes, and parked at trailhead a little late at 12:15. Made it to Subway, and back to car at 7:15. We were last car.
Mar 26, 2018
Hannah Ariesen
Feb 28, 2018
Christine Homan
Feb 10, 2018
Michael C Salansky

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