OK, I digress…. I've seen photos of "The Subway" Station at Zion National Park and knew that I just *had* to photograph this. My buddy and I planned a 3.5 day whirlwind Southern Utah/Northern Arizona trip (more photos to come including Bryce NP, The Wave, Antelope Canyon, and Zion) so we could photograph The Subway. This is a magical place - almost too surreal to believe. It's also super slippery, dangerous, and an exhausting hike.
I have to say that this was probably the most amazing hike I've ever done. I spend a lot of my summer hiking around the Bay Area and Yosemite but this hike was just something else. It starts out on top of giant red-rock canyons before you descend to the floor of the Left Fork of the North River. From there you walk ~4 miles up the Left Fork until you come to The Subway. Along the way you cross the river 30-40 times (trying not to get wet), pass by gorgeous waterfalls, autumn trees, and giant red-rock canyons. What an amazing place!
We were the 3rd car to arrive and just as we arrived at the cascade falls (Archangel Falls) we ran into the other hikers. One of the photographers, Andy Cook (from Colorado) was super nice and we chatted with him for a while before he took off to beat us to The Subway. When we finally arrived at The Subway we met the other 5 hikers … all of them for some reason were shooting from the bottom of The Subway! That's when we informed them that they needed to go up into it to take the classic shot! We thought it was amusing that we told some professional photographers how to shoot The Subway :P
Luckily for us there were only 6 or 7 of us in total (we heard the previous day there were 35 photographers trying to cram in!). One guy must have arrived much earlier cuz he took o