The parking lot for the hike to the Subway. Not too many cars here today - a limit of 20 people per day keeps the crowds low.
I decided to wear an older pair of Columbia Power drain watershoes with neoprene socks. The shoes would be great for both hiking on trail and in water, and the neoprene would keep my feet warm in the cold creek water.
Trailhead sign for the Subway. Permits required! It's a lottery system, and we were lucky to get two permits for today.
It's a nice trail at the start which then drops steeply to the canyon below.
The subway is a few miles down the canyon, and the terrain switches back and forth between use trail, scrambling around rocks, and walking through the creek.
Reflections in the creek.
The jumbles of boulders have created little waterfalls and deep pools with fish.
Rock hopping back and forth across the creek.
Sometimes it's not easy to figure out the best line through the boulders, but there are plenty of cairns helpfully marking the way.
David made it almost all the way to the Subway without getting wet feet by carefully choosing his route, whereas I gave in and let my feet get wet early on and would just walk through the creek in many spots.
The water wasn't too deep in most spots - I think the deepest water I crossed was knee deep.
One of the many beautiful deep pools of clear water along the creek.
A blissful moment in the sun. It was in the low 40s during our hike, so being in the shaded canyon (and walking through water) was chilly. I loved the few moments we got in the sun!
As we got closer to the Subway we started to find some small terraces of waterfalls.
And the occasional fall color.
Creek below the terraces.
About 1/4 mile from the Subway the waterfalls and cascades get more impressive.
Still longing for the sun above us.
Small waterfall below the Subway
I started to notice the walls of the canyon taking on the curved 'subway wall' form. I'm hoping we're almost there...
Waterfall terraces. It was around here where we just started walking up the creek through the water. It was a bit slick but careful footstep selection was all that was necessary.
Terraces of waterfalls below the subway.
We climbed up the waterfalls in the previous photo and saw this. The walls are definitely taking on the characteristic curved subway wall format.
We just walked up the right side of this fall through the water.
Curved canyon walls
Waterfalls below the subway.
We're about to turn the final corner...
But first I noticed this channel of water in the creek.
It's a deep crack that the water is rushing through.
Little waterwheel in the crack.
David photographing the crack.
Looking up the crack/channel in the creek bed.
Now we have no option but to walk in the creek. My feet are wet enough, even with the neoprene socks, to go numb. Whee.
Pothole in the creek
Pothole in the creek
We keep following the channel upstream...
And come around the corner to find what is clearly the Subway.
There is no mistaking how this canyon got its name!
Heading into the Subway
A couple of guys were heading out on our way in - thanks for the scale!
Walking into the subway
Great color on the walls.
The crack widened into a bigger channel up here and into some deeper pools.
Deep pool along the crack.
More pools and terraces in the Subway
The pools were a couple of feet deep with sandy bottoms.