The old track winds down the south side of upper Hindu Canyon to the valley floor and the usually dry streambed that runs through it. The scenery here is not very Grand Canyon-like, as the hillsides are rounded and grass covered, without any exposed cliffs or terraces, though the underlying rocks do become exposed a few miles downstream. The route crosses the stream, climbs a little to avoid a short rocky section, drops back down then turns away due north, up the far side of the valley. A walk further downstream leads, after another mile, to the slot canyon
at the lower end of Hindu, but the main route ascends 400 feet, across a long-since washed out section that makes the way ahead impassable for any vehicle, up to a ridge separating Hindu from Bridge Canyon, the next ravine to the north. In spring, all of the track has abundant wildflowers but especially so on the south-facing slopes of this section.
The track forks on the ridge; the left branch climbs gradually another 500 feet then is almost flat for 6 more miles to the lookout point high above the Colorado, while the right fork follows a small ravine at the head of Bridge Canyon and switchbacks down the Redwall cliffs that start abruptly just beyond. This trail is very steep for a mile, dropping 1,200 feet, falls more gently over the next 2 miles as it reaches a plateau right above the inner canyon gorge, then follows a bench for some distance westwards, as far as Separation Canyon, where it descends to the Colorado. But the river can be reached sooner by continuing down the streambed of Bridge Canyon, not on any trail, but the way is without obstructions. A good view down Bridge Canyon and across red cliffs beyond is obtained from a yucca-and cacti-covered limestone hill just east of the trail (see QTVR
Bridge Canyon Dam
Bridge Canyon was the proposed location for a dam to be built across the Colorado River. This unlikely idea was investigated for over 20 years before being finally defeated by public opposition in 1968. In 'A Survey of the Recreational Resources of the Colorado River Basin', published in 1946, the NPS outlined plans for a highway to be constructed from US 66, along Hindu Canyon, though a 4,000 foot tunnel and down to the dam site via Bridge Canyon, but there is now no prospect of any development at this site or anywhere else along the Grand Canyon nearby.