Great hike with the g/f. Fantastically beautiful.
Stopped 100 ft short of the summit due to a very late start... too much slipping & sliding to finish in the dark. Road to May Lakes TH was still closed, which added 4ish miles RT. Still lots of snow... melting snow over rocks in a few steep areas felt much like hiking up a greased pig, but with a bit less squealing.
This is a nice hike and fine views. X2
Left trail just past May Lake, scrambling & wandering as saw fit. Went to the top of the secondary summit first, then the main summit w/ antennae. Perfect weather; incredible views.
Dayhiked from May Lk. TH. Originally planned to ascend Tuolomne Pk. as well, but did not due to fatigue.
Didn't read up on any routes so just headed up from May Lake and hiked up through the talus and then onto the plateau. Came down via the trail.
Not sure exact date. Hit it from May Lake TH while on a 7 day backpack tour...May Lake was still plenty frozen at this time!
Nice solo hike midweek-- didn't see anyone past May Lake.
Well, the tuft of rock looked good from the May Lake trailhead, and the 3rd class was the most fun of the hike. We topped out on it, then saw the antenna of Hoffmann across the short plateau. Oopsie. 20 min. later we were at the summit.
Very enjoyable, easy hike to summit(for the 12yr old child i was)My parents made the summit as well but a good half hour after i did and very exhausted. Views at the summit are amazing looking over the north face. AFter the descent in blazing heat i went for a short swim in May lake.
My first Sierra peak and the beginning with a long lasting love affair with the High Sierra. Climbed it in '03. Climbed it again in '04 with my gal.
beautiful weather and views... climbed with matt..
What Matthew said a few entries down. I really enjoyed the NE Ridge descent. Trip Report
A great hike to the summit... amazing views, which get more amazing as you get higher! However, after we returned, we realized we'd scrambled up the subsidiary peak (rock pile) that hangs above May Lake, which several people had told us was the summit... :~(
this was the first of my objectives this day which ended with me in the mammoth hospital later that night. after hitting hoffmann, i was en route to tuolumne peak when i pulled down a large rock onto myself which crushed my right forearm muscle and severed my left ring finger. then i had to hike out.
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.
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
An easy hike, but great views!
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.
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.