I've been waiting to hike to the Subway in winter and this year the conditions were just right. It had rained a lot the day before and everything was covered in ice and the creek was partially frozen. It is an amazing sight and I'm glad I finally got to see it. Hiked from the bottom up and it was slow going but there was enough daylight to get it done in January.
Holly scored a permit. Judy, Duc, Liz, Sara, and I joined. We camped on BLM land and started around 8 am. Pretty easy canyon. The water was chilly though it was supposed to be in the 90s. Some got by without wetsuits. We finished up around 5 pm. Beautiful place with amazing little creatures including trout and Jerusalem bugs. Loved it!
Bottom up in 94, top down in 95
Glad we had wetsuits even though it was 85 out. Combined with Russell Gulch.
Finally got to do the Subway. Did with ex and Ragnar employees/friends.
Great fun, first technical canyon...
Had a mini-epic when a member of party hurt her Achilles...long walk out!
First canyon. Super fun, very mellow.
The swims were lots of fun.
great route going in and out of the water with multiple, interesting, short obstacles. wetsuit was a godsend, but i should have worn wet shoes also. feet froze!
Hiked down the left fork creek (aka subway), and the water was high and dirty due to a flash flood the day before. Loved it.
So listen... I played in the waters of The Subway for an unnecessarily long time (like stupid silly long), and I didn't get cold, but I think I'm a freak of nature... if you're a normal human, you might want a wetsuit. This is probably one of the prettiest places I've ever been, and it's such a fun adventure. Rappelling! Swimming! Ambling! Find yourself a permit, a wetsuit, and a harness, and get yourself down there. It will not disappoint!
I have never felt water so cold as I did in the Subway. They aren't kidding when they give you warning! It wasn't even a cold day out! However, it was worth every bit of the cold. This was my second time down it and just as amazing as I remember. However don't take this just as a walk in the park because it is popular, it is cold and requires some work, make sure you have someone knowing with ropes.
So...the water was cold enough that it hurt certain body parts coming out. It was so worth it though. This is such an amazing place. I highly recommend it if you find the means.
March, no wetsuit - you do the math.
Fun outing. Wish I lived closer to Utah's canyons.
Awesome canyon! I wanted to see what all the hype was about. Not going to lie, I came in with low expectations. The Subway exceeded those expectations. It is just such a pretty canyon and is a lot of fun! No other canyon i have down is like it and that makes it one of my favorites without a doubt. I used a wetsuit, but my three other friends who went with me didn't and they were alright. We brought a 30m rope..which was perfect! The hike out kind of sucked, but it was worth it!
If your skills permit, it is well worth visiting this section of the canyon top to bottom. Note: As of 9/30/11 the "bowling Ball" now has a large log jammed against the ball and requires swimming under and around the log.
hiked it a 2nd time on 17 July 2015 - been too long of a wait! 3rd time on 31 July 2016.
Definitely did this one too early, but on the bright side it was easy to get a permit!