Bob and I hiked 6.25 miles starting from the Trailhead Staging Area last Friday.
I took this photo from midway up the Hilltop Trail just moments before sunrise.
A view looking down the Hilltop Trail. The trail leads back to the Trailhead Staging Area, which is a large parking lot complete with bathroom and showers. The early morning light gave the McDowells a magenta glow.
Other early morning photos, taken shortly after the hike began…
A view from Stoneman Wash: