"Remote and lovely, Lick Wash is little visited and therefore quite the gem, since it features both beauty and solitude, a more and more rare combination in canyon country. Very exposed to sunlight, this hike is best in spring or fall, or at least best begun quite early in the day during the hotter months.
The deeper you go into the canyon, the higher and more sculpted the walls get, until they rise up to 300 feet high and it seems as if you’re wandering through a natural Sistine Chapel. When golden light splashes onto the upper canyon walls, the sensuous curves stretching far above you are simply magnificent. Water usually flows through this little canyon, adding a sense of coolness along with the gently chiming sounds of the trickle passing over creek-smoothed cobblestones and sandy wash bottom. Cuts and curves and hollows and bulges play out in the walls, while the light, which sometimes reaches to the canyon bottom, gives almost perfect settings for even amateur photographers. A few pour-overs need to be negotiated around, but they are easily passable."