We have now gone about just under half a mile west on the Tonto Trail from its beginning at Hance Creek, and have climbed about 200 feet up from the Colorado river. The trail has followed a platform within the Hakatai Shale that has steadily slanted up from the river, bringing us to this spot with a fine view of the river. Hance Rapid remains clearly in view, and looking across the river you can see the last of the Grand Canyon Supergroup rock formations, the Bass Formation, beginning to rise up in fluted brown cliffs below the red Hakatai Shale.
Boulders are strewn all around the trail – pieces of Shinumo Quartzite from the cliffs above the Hakatai, and perhaps from Tapeats Sandstone from further up. Looking across the river you can see some massive boulders of Shinumo laying about in the band of Hakatai rising up in parallel on the other side.