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Description

Located in the geographical center of Yosemite National Park, Mt Hoffman contains scattered information about first ascents and potential routes. This page was created to collaborate efforts to define the routes and document first ascensionists. There are four main climbing areas; consisting of Hoffman's Thumb, Hoffman's Turret, The North Face, and The Approach Face.

Historical Ascents:
Class 2 Summit: Josiah Whitney, William Brewer, & Charles Hoffmann on Jun 24, 1863
Hoffman's Thumb - Regular Route 5.6 : Jules Eichorn on October 16, 1932 (P436 Peak's Passes and Trails)


Josiah Whitney in The Yosemite Book - "The view from the summit of Mount Hoffmann is remarkably fine, and those who have not time, or inclination, to visit the higher peaks of the main ridge of the Sierra are strongly advised to ascend this, as the trip from the Yosemite and back need only occupy two or three days; and no one who has not climbed some high point above the Valley can consider himself as having made more than a distant acquaintance with the High Sierra. This is a particularly good point for getting an idea of the almost inaccessible region of volcanic masses lying between the Tuolumne River and the Sonora Pass road"
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Getting There

For the standard Class 2 summit, hike to May Lake. From May Lake, take the unmarked trail to the left on the Southwest side of May Lake. This trail is well defined and will take you to the summit. This trail will provide access to Hoffman's Thumb, as well as The Approach Face.

To get to the North Face, take the slabs up and around to the Northeast of the summit on the Northeast side of May Lake. Descend the obvious valley toward the North Face. You must traverse a steep snow field to access the base. Depending on the snowfall, this could be incredibly dangerous. Do not approach this wall if you are not knowledgeable and experienced in snow travel.

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Chad Lawver
Yosemite Village, California
Chad Lawver   Yosemite Village, California
Research . . .

American Alpine Journal mentioning Merley Alley, Crimson Corner, and Hoffman's Turret
publications.americanalpine…

Merley
books.google.com/books?id=t…

Summit Post listing the routes
summitpost.org/mount-hoffma…

TR Report of Merle Alley route
supertopo.com/climbers-foru…

SuperTopo Forum
supertopo.com/climbers-foru…

Peaks Passes and Trails Information
books.google.com/books?id=F… Oct 20, 2016

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