Left Fork (Subway) Top-Down:
Trailhead Location: Begins at the Wildcat Canyon Trailhead, ends at the Left Fork Trailhead
For information on the non-technical hike to the Subway, read about the Bottom-Up route. Guiding is not allowed in the park. If you and your group do not have the skills and equipment to safely complete this route, you will need to make an alternative plan.
Description: While this route is not considered “difficult” by canyoneering standards, it is still a technical canyoneering route. Canyoneers should expect multiple rappels, unavoidable swims in cold water, and off-trail travel through difficult, often confusing terrain. The route begins by hiking along a trail for about a mile before turning off and traveling cross-country to reach the slot canyon. Once in the Left Fork of North Creek, rappels are encountered and swimming becomes unavoidable. The total route is 9.5 miles, but it feels like more. Be prepared for a long day.
It is important to have a good, detailed route description and a map for any canyoneering trip. People frequently get lost on this trip. Route descriptions can be found in guide books, online, and at gear shops in Springdale. The park does not provide route descriptions for off-trail routes, because conditions are subject to change as natural forces continue their work on the landscape.
Last updated: May 10, 2021