Left Fork of North Creek - Zion National Park - 5/15/16
Six hikers were lucky enough to win the National Park Service lottery to
hike up the left fork of North Creek (usually just called the Left
Fork). This is one of the most stunningly beautiful areas in Zion NP.
We arrived at the trail head at 9am after stopping by Zion Adventure
Company to pick up some neoprene socks (really wetsuit booties). We had
to hike about a mile from the parking area down into the canyon before
we started hiking up the Left Fork.
After a couple of river crossings in a quarter of a mile we realized
that we should probably slip on our neoprene socks. Some hikers wore
the 3mm socks while others wore the 5mm. It turns out that for this day
3mm would have sufficed. We hiked up about a mile when one of our
hikers hit his head on an overhanging rock. Luckily we had a former
medic and several first aid kits along. The injury was very slight,
just an abrasion, so we continued on.
After about 3 miles the scenery changed dramatically and we were hiking
up terraces of water falls. After about 4 miles we reached the bottom
of the Subway, so called due to the rounded sides of the slot canyon.
This area was very beautiful and subject of many professional
photographers. At this point the river was basically impassible, so we
stopped and had our snack break and hiked out. The only bad part of the
hike was the 400 ft of elevation gain needed to get back out of the
canyon and back to our vehicles. But it was worth it! A great hike to
end our Zion NP outing on. ~ Jerry