Left Fork of North Creek
The Subway from the Bottom
This is an option for those hikers that don't want to swim and down climb difficult obstacles, yet want to be able see some of the amazing treasures found in the infamous "Subway" hike. A permit is still required to hike bottom-up and can be acquired via the online permit system or by visiting the permit office at the visitor center in the main canyon. Information 1-435-772-0170. For directions to hike the Subway from the top, follow the following directions instead: The Subway
At a Glance
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Dinosaur Tracks - After about 1 mile of hiking along the creek keep an eye out for 2 large slabs of white rock sloping toward the creek just above the bank on the left. The rocks are about 50' wide and 15' tall and contain many dinosaur imprints imbedded in them.
Cascades - Hiking along the creek will offer several small waterfall cascades that might be a great opportunity to refresh under if the day is hot. After 3 miles of creek hiking, wide slabs of stair stepped sandstone in the creek bed display gorgeous and glistening cascades of water. Be very careful traveling on these slabs as they are very often slippery.
The Subway - After several scrambles through and around these pristine cascades, the trail arrives at one of the most beautiful sections of the hike. Potholes filled with emerald waters, delicate ferns and desert shrubbery cling to the moist, tubular shaped sandstone walls surrounding this desert paradise. Travel beyond this point becomes extremely difficult, however be sure to wade and swim through the narrow corridor and visit the waterfall room at trails end! Total distance to this point has been close to 5 miles. (Some travelers may wish to attempt up climbing beyond this point, but this can be extremely difficult and dangerous; not recommended.) Relax, take many pictures, have some lunch and prepare for the return trip.
GPS Coordinates WGS84 Datum
Trailhead - Trailend
Exit from Left Fork:
GPS coordinates are only references and may or may not be accurate. Do not rely on GPS coordinates as the sole method of navigation. Always have an accurate, detailed map at hand and have the proper map reading and navigation skills before setting out on any hike. Many of the hikes listed in this guide travel into canyons where a GPS has limited capabilities. Always check your position with a detailed map before dropping into a canyon.
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