Mount Hoffman Trail [CLOSED]

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Yosemite National Park

Mount Hoffman Trail is a 5.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Yosemite Valley, California that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until November.

Distance: 5.6 miles Elevation Gain: 1,912 feet Route Type: Out & Back

hiking

nature trips

bird watching

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

snow

closed

no dogs

It has been reported this trail has a temporary closure due to COVID-19. Please see the park's website for up to date information. Easy access, spectacular views from the center of Yosemite. Centrally located at an elevation of 10,850' Yosemite's Mount Hoffman provides one of the best overall views of the park. The short hiking distance make this a popular hike. The trail to May Lake is a short and pleasant climb. From May Lake the official trail disappears and becomes somewhat steeper and there are several use trails to the summit. Route finding isn't difficult, but there is a section of loose rock to deal with. The only drawback of the summit experience is that you will have to share it with a tower that was erected years back, but the views make sharing worthwhile!

hiking
1 month ago

Gorgeous and relatively easy hike with a really beautiful and peaceful lake

hiking
rocky
scramble
6 months ago

I did it. And that's that.

hiking
7 months ago

Fantastic hike. May Lake is pretty and easy to get to. After that follow the trail to the left of the lake and once you’re hugging the mountainside just look for cairns and go up. The ascent is tough and scrambley (I never had to actually use all fours until the peak) but worth it. Amazing views on top and really not too long of a hike.

hiking
rocky
7 months ago

This is a great hike! May Lake is beautiful and you can see it from different parts of the trail. We missed the first turn of the trail and ended up scrambling up another way until we found the trail. Look for the Cairnes, there are many. Poles are helpful on this hike with the loose rock. Be prepared to climb boulders to the top. They are very secure and easy to grasp, no need to be intimidated. The view at the top is spectacular and worth the climb!

hiking
rocky
scramble
7 months ago

My favourite hike thus far in Yosemite. You get a lake, a scramble, a bit of rock climbing and a summit with incredible views of Yosemite. We saw about 13 people on the trail and had the summit to ourselves. This was not a tough hike at all. Make sure you have proper hiking shoes and download the trail map and you should be fine. Would be a perfect first summit. You can and should do this hike!

hiking
rocky
scramble
7 months ago

hiking
rocky
scramble
8 months ago

very hard very worthwhile.

hiking
8 months ago

This is one of the toughest, most challenging, and yet best hikes I've ever done - with the most breathtaking summit views yet. The first half is fairly easy, but when the official trail ends and you get to those boulder fields on that ridge, it suddenly becomes difficult. I certainly found out how bad I am at finding my way up when there is no clear trail, I got kind of lost several times and needed to either fight through or wait for someone else to show up and show me the way. And the final ten minutes are just climbing, not hiking. Nonetheless, it was so much fun. Really, do yourself a favor and go through this. You won't regret it.

hiking
8 months ago

Amazing hike with the most incredible panorama. Highly recommend!!

hiking
scramble
8 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

The walk to May lake is very pretty, but the extension to Mount Hoffman makes this a fantastic hike. Astounding views the entire way, and lots of fun rock scrambling.

hiking
8 months ago

Very hard to follow this trail, thank goodness for this app! Look for the rock piles aka cairns. The scramble at the top proved too much for me when I realized I was at the edge of a cliff. But the view of Yosemite valley was very special indeed.

hiking
8 months ago

Did this one last week - awesome hike! May Lake was beautiful but it was the view from the top that was extraordinary. 360 of the park and lots of fun places to view from with some rock formations and a field at the top that still had some snow. Fairly exposed at the top so regretted not having a long sleeved spf shirt, but we had 3 liters each of water and snacks for the top. Only saw a handful of hikers. Finished off with a quick drive 20 minutes west to Toulemne meadows to have dinner as sun went down - great end to the day and this yosemite trip!

hiking
9 months ago

tough hike! take plenty of water. amazing views!!!

hiking
off trail
rocky
scramble
9 months ago

This was a gorgeous hike. Awesome views throughout the hike. Last portion of the hike to the top was a scramble but well worth it.

hiking
9 months ago

The lake at the beginning is stunning, and the views on the way up are likewise incredible. It gets pretty steep towards the top, then flattens out, with one final rock scramble to the peak. 360 degree views make this hike well worth it. It is however a lot of elevation change in a short mileage so it’s a bit exhausting.

hiking
off trail
scramble
9 months ago

A Beautiful hike. There’s a lot to climb. Marmots and golden eagles. A bunch of different wild flowers. Beautiful meadows. It does take some scrambling skills and it does it steep but should only take a few hours for the ascent. Weather tower at the top. But you can see everything when you’re up there: half dome, clouds rest, mt.dana.. etc. Honestly worth the few hours and the sweat to make it up there.

hiking
10 months ago

Beautiful hike - going through granite fields. You arrive at May Lake which is stunning. If you continue up to Mt Hoffman the views get better with each step. Towards the summit - there are a lot of boulders and a scree field.

hiking
muddy
rocky
scramble
snow
10 months ago

Wir (24 und 21 Jahre) haben 4 Stunden für den Aufstieg gebraucht. Für unerfahrene Wanderer ist der Weg sehr anstrengend und anspruchsvoll. Da immer noch teilweise sehr viel Schnee liegt, verliert sich der Weg sehr oft und man muss ihn öfters neu suchen. Der Weg selber ist aber sehr schön und führt teilweise durch Stock und Stein, quer durch Bäche und durch schöne felsige Landschaften. Bis zum See ist der Weg einfach, danach wird es sehr steil, steinig und schlammig. Die Aussicht oben ist unbeschreiblich schön, es lohnt sich auf jeden Fall. Da es aber wie gesagt sehr steil hinaufgeht und man auch an gewissen Stellen klettern muss, empfiehlt es sich, das gut zu überlegen. Wer gerne abseits von gemachten Wegen geht und auch gerne klettert, für den ist diese Route genau das richtige!

hiking
muddy
rocky
scramble
snow
10 months ago

My wife and I started this hike from Tioga Pass Rd because the trailhead to May Lake is currently closed. Getting to the lake was easy, but from the laketo the top was no joke since it was our first time and we didn't know the trail. The trail was covered in snow in many sections and not knowing where to go made it difficult to keep on the trail though we mostly managed. We had crampons and poles which made it easier on the way up but our shoes got very wet nonetheless. The view from the top is amazing, there's a 360 view of the mountains and we could see a frozen below us. It took us 4 hrs on the way up (1.5 to May Lake and 2.5 to the top) and 2.5 hrs to get back down to Tioga Pass Rd. Totally worth it if you love scrambling in the snow

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