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Zion Subway (top-down)

Our group admiring the dinosaur tracks on the hike out of the Subway in Zion.

A group of 10 of us hiked the Subway on June 6, 2009. It took us about 8 hours to go the 7.5 miles. We passed several "hard-core" groups and had a blast.

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Waypoints

Waypoint Latitude Longitude Description
Wildcat Trailhead -113.0755555553562 37.34000000013748  
Junction with Wildcat Canyon Connector Trail -113.0618647873546 37.33956053227289  
Junction with the Northgate Peaks Spur Trail -113.0593080068835 37.34021390252199  
Trail Fork -113.0593403990792 37.33910000068424  
Slickrock Saddle -113.0435149831998 37.32738343689062  
Confluence of Russel Gulch and Left Fork -113.0398236754277 37.3179865468609  
Obstacle 1: A Large Boulder -113.0419977731832 37.31677727178693  
Bowling Ball Corridor -113.0489416331663 37.31214789609158  
Obstacle 2: Keyhole Falls (Upper End of the Subway) -113.0513888885924 37.3116666665642  
The Subway -113.0520338895118 37.30952803010191  
Obstacle 3: Cliffs and Waterfall (Lower End of the Subway) -113.05284350492 37.31042197218647  
Dinosaur Tracks -113.0693005296706 37.29962836430502  
Junction -113.0847222227287 37.28944444417246  
Grapevine Wash -113.0940092119152 37.28581299343191  
Left Fork Trailhead -113.09585384564 37.28464925792905  

Trip Report: June 6, 2009

A group of 10 of us hiked the Subway on June 6, 2009. Saturday started bright and early.

We carpooled up to the trailhead.

Zion National Park Subway
Zion National Park Subway
Zion National Park Subway

The first part of the hike was uneventful except that we followed the wrong trail. We ended up at the edge of a very long and very steep cliff.

A couple of the guys rappelled down a ways to see if it was passable. It wasn't, so we backtracked and found the right trail.

Zion National Park Subway
Zion National Park Subway

Highlights are:

We passed a couple of slow groups that were "hard core", which means they were way too overdressed for the occasion. Or rather, they treated it like it was harder that it really was. I mean honestly, who packs their dry bags in garbage bags?

Zion National Park Subway
Zion National Park Subway
Zion National Park Subway
Zion National Park Subway

For one of the "rappels" we just tied knots in the rope and lowered ourselves down. Tara had a little misfortune when she couldn't hold on and ended up falling in the water. Luckily, she wasn't hurt. Just a few numb fingers.

That was right before the bowling ball corridor.

Zion National Park Subway
Zion National Park Subway
Zion National Park Subway
Zion National Park Subway
Zion National Park Subway

The "subway" portion of the hike was very short. Just a few hundred feet long. But it was really pretty.

Zion National Park Subway
Zion National Park Subway
Zion National Park Subway
Zion National Park Subway
Zion National Park Subway
Zion National Park Subway
Zion National Park Subway
Zion National Park Subway

I think the favorite part of the whole trip was when a girl in another group (we think her name is Kim) decided to slide down one of the waterfalls. There wasn't much water, but the rocks were really steep. The idea was for her to slide down relatively slowly like a water slide. Unfortunately for her, she slid a lot faster (and farther) than she intended. She hit a slickrock ramp and caught some serious air before landing about 6 feet downstream on another rock. I'm sure she's limping more than we are.

Zion National Park Subway
Zion National Park Subway
Zion National Park Subway
Zion National Park Subway
Zion National Park Subway

And with one thing and another we ended up at home in our nice comfy bed sound asleep.