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Trip Report: Russell Gulch and Subway, 9/9/2011

With beautiful weather and the upcoming ACA Rendezvous, many people may be planning a visit the Subway soon. The following trip report details the conditions I found on last Friday, September 9th. Springdale Forecast: Partly Cloudy, High of 90, 30% chance of Scattered afternoon thunderstorms. Group Size: Two 10:30: Started hiking at Wildcat (would have liked to start earlier to avoid afternoon rain) 1:30 Arrived top of Subway Slot (where Russell Gulch meets Left Fork) 2:30 Arrived Red Cascades at the end of the “technical section” 5:05 Finished Hiking at Left Fork We started with the Russell Gulch Variation at the beginning. There were 5-10 wades and one short swim in that section, before the “Subway Proper.” In the Subway itself, we encountered 5-6 swims. The swims were not that long (some as short as 3-5 feet long). We waded up to the waist at least 8 more times. The water was significantly colder for the first half of the hike, up until near Rappel 2 where the black bowling ball chockstone is. This is also where the water begins flowing in the canyon (no flowing water, only still pools up to that point). The water was a bit warmer after that … Continue reading

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“The Subway” Is Open For The 2011 Season

As of noon yesterday, The Subway is open to both Top-Down and Bottom-Up hikers. Remember, whether you do the technical descent (from the top) or the scenic hike (from bottom), you’ll need a permit from the Backcountry Desk. If you’re interested in the Top-Down route, make sure you have the skills and equipment for a safe descent. Don’t know what skills or equipment I’m referring to? No problem… you can learn everything you need to know with our Half-Day or One-Day Basic Canyoneering courses.

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