From the car park
head west down the slope to pick up a prominent cairned trail. The route you
are to follow was constructed by the Bureau of Reclamation in the 1950ís to
get horses and equipment down to the site of a proposed dam, which was to be
located near Redwall Cavern.
The path leads
down into the drainage of Shinumo Wash only to leave the wash on the left a
short distance later to bypass a large pour-off. The route then zig-zags
steeply down through the Kaibab and Coconino formations. Once through the
Coconino, the path traverses the steep slope in a northerly direction before
dropping steeply down a series of tight switchbacks to the top of the Supai
at the bottom of the wash.
Turn left and rock
hop down the wash. A short distance down canyon, look for a cairned path
that begins on stream left. This good trail will allow you to bypass the
majority of the rocky bed of the wash, saving time and effort. The trail
crosses the wash several time as it descends the length of Shinumo. Look
carefully for cairns on the opposite bank where it crosses.
path crosses Shinumo Wash at the head of some Redwall Narrows. It then
climbs up the other side and begins winding its way downriver on the top of
the Redwall. After about 1.5 miles the trail branches above Fence Fault.
Right will take you down to the small beach at the mouth of Fence Fault. If
you continue straight the path continues to wind along the Redwall for
another 3 miles or so with views to the west of South Canyon, Stantons Cave,
and Vaseys Paradise and to the south of Redwall Cavern. When ready return the way you came.