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Mt. Hoffman Trail

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 4.8 (6)

A strenuous climb to reach panoramic views.


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Map Key

1.8

Miles

2.9

KM

Point to Point

10,706' 3,263 m

High

9,325' 2,842 m

Low

1,380' 421 m

Up

36' 11 m

Down

15%

Avg Grade (8°)

48%

Max Grade (26°)

Dogs No Dogs

Features Lake · Views · Wildflowers

Description

From the southern end of May Lake head left and get ready to climb for the next mile and a half. Be prepared to get blasted by the Sun, as the trail is pretty much entirely exposed. The journey up is mostly barren and rocky, with some sparse grassy coverage when nearing the peak.

Just when the payoff appears imminent, you'll reach the false summit. Don't be discouraged, as the true summit lies just ahead. At the ensuing junction, head left and follow the cairns, scrambling up to incredible views of May Lake below and Clouds Rest and Half Dome to the south.

Flora & Fauna

Beware of marmots at the summit. They will chew relentlessly on anything left unattended!

Contacts

Land Manager: NPS - Yosemite

Shared By:

nathan reid

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  4.8 from 6 votes

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#109

in California

#849

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Photos

Looking dooooooown from Mt. Hoffman.
Feb 4, 2016 near Yosemit…, CA
Clouds Rest and Half Dome from Mt. Hoffman.
Feb 4, 2016 near Yosemit…, CA
Morning at May Lake
Dec 29, 2018 near Yosemit…, CA
Half Dome in the smoke just below Mt. Hoffman
Nov 21, 2018 near Yosemit…, CA
Marmot on top of Mt. Hoffman.
Feb 4, 2016 near Yosemit…, CA
Trail up to Mt. Hoffman before it turns into more scramble than trail.
Feb 5, 2016 near Yosemit…, CA

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Aug 26, 2020
Ken Holt
Aug 7, 2020
Victoria Lebron
I am dying — 2h 30m
Jun 28, 2020
Sophia Barwegen
Sep 25, 2019
Olivia Lynn
6mi
Sep 8, 2019
Michael Wang
Really fun! Really helpful to have the map on the app. Trail is easy to lose. 7.4mi — 5h 49m
Sep 4, 2019
Olivia Lynn
700 ft from summit, turned back due to lightening and hail 1.1mi
Aug 12, 2019
Sophia Barwegen
Oct 14, 2018
Arto K