MapTopoQuest topographic map of Lick Wash
Cliffs rise up a short distance east of the road, enclosing the wash in a canyon that soon becomes 250 feet deep.
It takes just 10 minutes to walk down the stony creekbed to the start of the narrows - not quite a slot canyon as the walls are never less than around 4 meters across, Lick Wash still has several good enclosed sections through rocks composed of many bands of crossbedded sandstone at different angles. There is an iron gate across the creek at one point, presumably to stop cattle, but no natural obstructions.
After the narrow passageways, the rocks become lighter in color as the gorge opens out and Ponderosa pine trees grow in alcoves at the edges, still quite a pretty scene. The canyon continues to deepen and widen for 2 more miles until it meets Park Wash, where the white walls of Navajo sandstone are 800 feet high, part of the White Cliffs of the grand staircase which are also seen in the upper end of Johnson Canyon when driving the southern approach route to Lick Wash. Although the narrows may be seen in only an hour, a full day could be spent walking to this point and exploring some of Park Wash.