Here we have travelled a half mile further on the Tonto Trail to milepoint 6.0, still on the east side but nearing the head of Hance Creek Canyon. Turn the panorama to the west, looking across Hance Creek Canyon, and you see the sun just about to set behind Horseshoe Mesa. The late afternoon light blazes on the slopes of Ayer Point to the east, and the scene looks like the harsh desert tableaux that it is.
But relief is at hand. Turn the panorama and look down into the shadows of Hance Creek Canyon. Cottonwood trees are scattered about, a sure sign of water. Hance Creek, though not large, runs perennially, and you can see its thin, dark brown stream curving through the cottonwoods. Just another half mile along the trail and you reach the Hance Creek crossing, water, and a pleasant camping area among the cottonwoods. Stand at this panorama spot on the Tapeats Sandstone rim, and you can hear the water running in the stream below you.