From the upstream parking area, the maintained trail follows the north side of the wash and soon divides. The left branch (the Frying Pan Trail
) climbs steeply up the cliffs and passes close to Cassidy Arch after 2 miles then continues, across slickrock and several shallower canyons, eventually descending back to the scenic drive near the park campground. The Navajo sandstone arch, which can be also seen from the road beneath, is one of the largest in the park.
The Grand Wash branch of the trail merges with the streambed - this is at first quite wide and stony, filled with boulders of all shapes and sizes that have fallen from the crumbling cliffs that rise high above. The canyon has several sweeping bends before the moderately narrow central section, which is reminiscent of some parts of the Zion Narrows though on a smaller scale. The far side becomes gradually wider over the final half a mile to the lower trailhead, where the wash meets the Fremont River.