We have now traveled another mile and a half on the Tonto Trail to mile 2.9, high up on the western side of Mineral Canyon. This spot is a few hundred yards above the trail, at a lookout point with a wide-ranging view of Mineral Canyon. The bright red splotches of Hakatai Shale in the bands of the Grand Canyon Supergroup formations on the far side of the Colorado River are still in view, but now the splotches also appear all around us, in all directions within the panorama. If you turn the panorama to face directly away from the direction of the river, you can see that we are practically standing on one of those splotches, though, due to the angle of the light, it is not as dramatically bright red as those across the river.
Just behind the nearby splotch of Hakatai are the dark brown cliffs of Tapeats Sandstone that mark the upper boundary of Mineral Canyon. The Tonto Trail has been climbing steadily through Mineral Canyon on its way to a break in the Tapeats Sandstone. It will pass through that break a couple more panoramas west of here, where it will first reach its true home on the Tonto Platform.