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Distance: 9.5 miles
Trail type: One-way (shuttle required)
Elevation Change: 1,735 feet
Duration: 7 hours
Difficulty rating: Strenuous
The Left Fork of North Creek carved a curved tunnel where little sunlight penetrates, giving this hike that requires a little canyoneering expertise its name. Characterized by water-filled potholes, falling water, and narrow canyon walls, the hike requires at least 60 feet of rope, a harness, sturdy hiking shoes, clothing that easily wicks away moisture, a headlamp and a first aid kit. Hikers must trudge through slippery rocks, rappel down some steep drops and swim through several deep pools of cold, debris-filled water. The hike requires a backcountry permit. The Park Service only allows 50 people into the canyon each day. Do not attempt this hike if there is any chance of rain. There is acute danger of flash floods in narrow canyons. To avoid rappelling and swimming, hikers can also hike the route from the bottom up, from the Left Fork Trailhead. The top-down route begins at the Wildcat Canyon Trailhead along the Kolob Terrace Road.
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