The trailhead, and canyon overlook, are along the one-way scenic drive, 7.5 miles from the visitor center; there is plenty of parking available, on both sides of the road. The ravine is clearly visible to the west, and the path sets off directly towards the mountains, first descending a little, crossing the wide, dry streambed of Red Rock Wash
and starting a slow, steady ascent across the bushy, rocky slopes leading to the canyon. En route is an intersection with the Dale's and SMYC components of the Escarpment Trail
, which runs all along the base of the mountains. Desert plants in this region include echinocereus
, buckhorn cholla
, two types of yucca (banana and Mojave) and two types of padded opuntia
, plus pinyon-juniper trees and a sprinkling of wildflowers. The boulders get bigger as the entrance to the ravine approaches, and the gradient steepens, before the path drops down into the dry wash emerging from the canyon. Sheer walls rise up abruptly on both sides - whitish sandstone but stained brown or black in most places, so that the overall environment is rather gloomy; this is not a particularly pretty canyon, but it does have a good variety of eroded formations.
The remainder of the hike involves scrambling up the drainage, over or around several huge boulders and small pour-offs, but there are no difficult obstacles. At the fork in the canyon, the south branch soon gains over 100 feet via a water-polished slickrock slope of grey/black rock containing several potholes, and a big dryfall, beneath an overhanging, desert-varnish-streaked alcove; quite a photogenic site. The north branch slopes up a little way further to the base of a smaller but still unclimbable dryfall, surrounded by brownish rocks. A rope may be fixed to one side, to aid groups descending from above.