Zion: Barrier Falls
Beyond Double Falls
While everyone around the world applies for a permit and a parking space to do The Subway hike in Zion National Park, there is a canyon just a few miles away with almost nobody in it. The Subway is a short section of the Left Fork of North Creek. The neighboring canyon to the south is carved by the Right Fork of North Creek. Right Fork Canyon is more rugged than the Left Fork, with only intermittent trails of use and plenty of annoying obstacles. But, for intrepid hikers who make it about 6 miles you will be rewarded with a series of very nice waterfalls and pools.
After crossing the river and entering the valley of the left for you will soon come across an active landside (left picture). In past years the landslide had damed the canyon and formed a shallow lake behind it but it has recently cut through. It’s an interesting area with a lot of visible and ongoing destruction, so it isn’t a good place to take a nap. On the right i wasn’t very impressed with the initial narrowing of the canyon.
The canyon became more interesting for a while with open stretches of bedrock to travel on.
The stream slowly cuts through various layers of the canyon.
On the left i felt like that might be quicksand, so i stayed in the brush. It might not be, but after you’ve plunged into quicksand enough times you start to develop a 6th sense for the stuff. But not always.