Mount Hoffmann Climber's Log

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Matthew Holliman

Matthew Holliman - Aug 17, 2005 12:50 pm Date Climbed: Aug 4, 2005

Route Climbed: South Slopes (ascent) / Northeast Ridge (descent)  Sucess!

Warm-up day for the '05 Sierra Challenge with Bob. Hoffmann's south slopes are easy and not too memorable, but we found the peak's east/northeast ridge to be a very enjoyable 4th class scramble, with a short chimney, some slabs, a slightly awkward move or two, and a bit of exposure to keep things interesting.

After descending Hoffmann's NE Ridge, we continued traversing along a cool knife edge to Tuolumne Peak, another quality class 3-4 scramble via its steep, broken southwest face. Descended Tuolumne's easy class 2 south slopes to meet an old trail (not shown on the 7.5') that led down to the regular May Lake trail, just in time for lunch at the Whoa Nellie. Good scrambling, excellent views, nice flowers--a thoroughly enjoyable half day.

I'd been up Hoffmann once before--on Oct 19, '02, I hiked up the standard use trail to see the sunset. Views were rather hazy due to a number of controlled burns along Tioga Road. The most memorable aspect of that outing was reading the summit register (which was filled with entries just from that year, a popular peak). It seemed like every other entry was written by a Hoffman or Hoffmann who felt the need to climb his/her namesake mountain.

keema

keema - Jul 23, 2005 11:26 am

Route Climbed: South Slope from May Lake, From Tuolumne Peak Date Climbed: July 22, 2005, August 9, 2005  Sucess!

Headed out with the wife and daughter which made for slow going to May Lake. After a snack, I left them to play and headed for the summit. I met a total of 6 people that were coming down as I was headed up from a late start, so I had the summit to myself. What great vistas. Looked but couldn't find a summit register. A fun hike.



followed the ridge from Tuolumne Peak. Trip Report

forjan

forjan - Jul 11, 2005 1:58 pm

Route Climbed: South Slope Date Climbed: July 9, 2005  Sucess!

An easy hike, but great views!

ASteele

ASteele - Apr 19, 2005 1:05 pm

Route Climbed: South Slope Date Climbed: June 2000  Sucess!

A really cool mountain. Despite its insignificant height, Hoffman gives up some great views; it is situated in the geographic center of the park.... Wonderful stuff. Looks like some fun climbs on it, too.

woodcraft - Apr 12, 2005 12:30 am

Route Climbed: thumb Date Climbed: 1970  Sucess!

I first climbed this in high school... goldline, pins, swami belt ... remember that stuff?


Later, in the 80's, Attempted to ski from the valley to Mammoth, but turned back at Tuolumne because of deep snow. We skiid up to the top, following tracks (coyote, wolverine?) that went up and over the summit. Camping at May lake, we were watching the sunset, and smoking a joint, and I took a big hit and passed out, falling on my face in the snow!


That trip was also notable for the wierdest xc wax job- skiing along the road by Olmstead point, in that deep snow with the sun across the tracks, I was using green on one ski, and blue with a jack rabbit kicker on the other.

dnafields1995

dnafields1995 - Mar 24, 2005 7:07 pm

Route Climbed: South Slope Date Climbed: September 2002 and August 2003  Sucess!

My first time was with Bob and Norm. We were all totally hung over from the night before. Too much MURDER. (That's redrum spelled backwards) This was a warm up before putting on the packs the next day for Mt Russell. I took my wife up the next year. It was great. What a nice little hike to the top.

Brian Frederick

Brian Frederick - Mar 10, 2005 10:10 pm

Route Climbed: South slope Date Climbed: August,2004  Sucess!

Beautiful hike, great views from summit. Took my 11 yr. old son; his first real summit. Very kid friendly and quite rewarding.

ExploreABitMore

ExploreABitMore - Mar 4, 2005 10:20 pm

Route Climbed: South Slope Date Climbed: 07/26/99  Sucess!

Very nice day hike and great views. Only bad thing was that we got eaten alive by the mosquitos!

rkbalch - Oct 4, 2004 3:56 pm

Route Climbed: South Slope Date Climbed: October 1, 2004  Sucess!

The views are as one would expect standing on a peak at 10850' in one of the most beautiful places on earth...Yosemite. Great day for a hike with some lite rain on my descent then clearing by the time I reached the parking lot. This was my first peak in Yosemite.

Dan and Julie - Sep 20, 2004 11:40 pm

Route Climbed: May Lake Route Date Climbed: September 10, 2004  Sucess!

Great day hike with incredible views of Yosemite high country. Cool to explore the several different summits.

TDRoberts

TDRoberts - Jul 23, 2004 4:00 pm

Route Climbed: May Lakes Date Climbed: Oct 2002  Sucess!

Afternoon climb following Mount Dana coming back home from Whitney region. Enjoyed the view, though it was fairly hazy and smoky so the distant views were washed out.

happecamper

happecamper - Jul 13, 2004 2:36 pm

Route Climbed: South Slope Date Climbed: June 2000  Sucess!

10 person group, overnight trip.

birdhead

birdhead - Feb 4, 2004 2:01 am

Route Climbed: South Slope Date Climbed: September 2001  Sucess!

Very nice view from the summit. Climbed Cloud's Rest the day before. I would do this one again. The reward of the view is much greater than the effort.

mtnfoto - Jan 21, 2004 1:36 pm

Route Climbed: Regular Route Date Climbed: July 2002  Sucess!

This was my wifes first peak. Just a couple of hours from the car.

Dave Dinnell

Dave Dinnell - Jan 13, 2004 1:38 am

Route Climbed: South Slope Date Climbed: July 1986, August 2010  Sucess!

Climbed during the day and made a solo attempt on Hoffmann's Thumb. Then did a Night-time hike under a nearly full moon. Climbed it again (2010) with my wife and 10 year-old son.

Bill Ott

Bill Ott - Aug 31, 2003 10:14 pm

Route Climbed: May Lake trail Date Climbed: September 21, 2002  Sucess!

Hiked up with youngest daughter, age 25. Impressive views, well worth the trip. That evening we both got wasted on just one beer at Nicely's. Tired is, as tired does.

scottyb

scottyb - Aug 26, 2002 11:04 pm

Route Climbed: Trail Date Climbed: August 18, 2002  Sucess!

Amazing Views

dshoe

dshoe - Dec 21, 2001 8:54 am

Route Climbed: Northeast Ridge from May Lake Date Climbed: 08-94  Sucess!

This hike/climb was a nice "scramble." Don't remember the exact amount of time it took to do the trip, but it wasn't very long, and was easily doable in an afternoon. Very nice views of Yosemite NP from the summit! Descended via a Southeast ridge on the way back down, over large boulders. Was a very nice trip, overall!

Bob Burd

Bob Burd - Aug 28, 2001 1:10 pm

Route Climbed: South Slope Date Climbed: Aug 7, 1993  Sucess!

Terry was tired of climbing after a week in Tuolumne, so he hung out at Tenaya Lake while I climbed cross-country from there. It's an easy half-day hike from the lake, even shorter if you drive to Snow Flat. Trip Report

Josh

Josh - Aug 8, 2001 5:47 pm

Route Climbed: Regular trail via Hoffman's Thumb Date Climbed: July 31, 2001  Sucess!

Hiked up with Ryle and one of his friends. On the way, I free-soloed the 5.6 Regular Route on "Hoffman's Thumb," an impressive spire a few hundred feet south of Hoffman's true summit.

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