Wilderness Permits for the Left Fork of North Creek (Subway)
Plan Ahead and Prepare
There are two ways to explore the Left Fork of North Creek (Subway). Permits are required regardless of the direction of travel. Both trips involve extensive route finding. Visitors are encouraged to obtain a detailed route description and travel with someone that has successfully completed the Subway in the past. The Subway is a day-use area only. While preparing for your trip, consider your interests, time, and the ability level of your group. Always have a backup plan in mind. Use the pages below to help plan your experience:
This is a very 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.
Left Fork (Subway) Top-Down Canyoneering Route
This is a very strenuous 9.5-mile through-hike that 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.
The Advance Lottery: 2 Months in Advance
Calendar Reservations: 1 Month in Advance
Occasionally, a few spaces remain after the Advance Lottery has been held. These spaces may be reserved through the Canyoneering Calender Reservation System.
The Last-Minute Drawing: 7-2 Days in Advance
Obtaining your Wilderness Permit
Left Fork (Subway) permits must be obtained in person at the Zion Canyon Visitor Center Wilderness Desk during Hours of Operation the day before, or the day of the trip.
$15.00 - 1 to 2 people
Zion Express Membership
Last updated: May 4, 2021