The following is a transcript of the narration for this panorama. To listen to the narration, enter the project at this location and press the play button.
After a brief lunch stop at Cardenas beach a few miles upstream, our rafting trip made camp for a layover day just above Nevills Rapid which is seen in this panorama. Nevills Rapid was named in honor of Norman Nevills who was a pioneer in commercial boating through the Grand Canyon from 1938 through 1949.
Nevills Rapid is created by the outwash from 75 Mile Creek. You can see the large debris delta of 75 mile Creek from the top of the rapid and downstream about a hundred yards. 75 Mile Creek is a long, dry creek bed which begins at the saddle on Tanner Trail about 1700′ below Lipan Point. The lower half mile of 75 Mile Creek is a slot canyon with several nice twists and turns. The Escalante Route intersects 75 Mile Creek about three quarters of a mile above the mouth of the canyon. 75 Mile Creek makes for a nice side hike to get one’s feet back on the ground after several days of boating.
Above the rapid and slightly to the left is Solomon Temple which rises to 5,121′. Four miles downstream, high on the horizon, and on the south rim, one can see Zuni Point with an elevation of 7,278′.
One point of interest which I stumbled upon as I walked back to camp were the remains of an old mining prospect. Looking closely at the highlighted area one can see a large rock cairn marking a section where the talus slope below has been dug out.
In this panorama you might be able to make out portions of the Escalante Route as it exits the mouth of 75 Mile canyon and continues downstream along the river bank below this view point until it intersects Papago Creek about where the river bends out of sight. Only another mile below Papago Creek is Hance Rapid where the Escalante Route joins with the Hance Trail, and also where the east end of the Tonto Trail begins. Just below Hance Rapid is the start of the upper portion of the Granite Gorge.
When Ken Stahley photographed this panorama, he climbed up to the face of a cliff of Shinumo Quartzite, which is the same formation we see across the Colorado from here, slanting down left to right. Upstream from here, the Colorado has been flowing through the Dox Formation, just above the the Shinumo. Through the Dox, which erodes away easily, the inner canyon opened up with wide vistas up to both the North and South Rims. Here, where the river enters the Shinumo, the inner canyon narrows dramatically, with steep cliffs rising straight up from the far side of the river, and just a bit further downstream the river enters the Granite Gorge, where the extremely hard, very resistant Vishnu Complex rocks keep the river confined to a tight narrow gorge for many miles to come.
When you are ready to move on, you can follow the Escalante Route to a panorama point deep in twists and turns of the slot canyon of 75 Mile Creek, where sheer walls of the Shinumo crowd in on all sides.
Heading downstream, we follow the Escalante Route three quarters of a mile to the mouth of Papago Creek and a panorama point at the foot of the Papago Wall, where the route scrambles 40 feet up to begin a bypass around another big cliff of Shinumo Quartzite, now on our side of the river.