Ascent of Mount Hoffmann on 2015-06-19

Climber: Patrick Bergeron

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Friday, June 19, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Hoffmann
    Elevation:10850 ft / 3307 m

Ascent Trip Report

Felt so energized after just knocking out Clouds Rest in the morning that the next thing I knew, I was staring at the May Lake trailhead, mind set of finally visiting Hoffmann.

One fun thing I learned from the hike is that the neither of the two fin-shaped formations, as seen from May Lake to the east, is actually Hoffmann. Hoffmann lies behind them both, and across a small alpine meadow ("meadow" seen from the summit).

Route details
Mile 0.0: May Lake trailhead
Mile 1.1: Arrive at May Lake. Follow the Mt Hoffmann Trail heading west, parallel to the lake
Mile 1.4: Trail turns southwest and becomes rockier. Keep an eye out for cairns
Mile 1.9: Trail turns northwest (around 9610ft), steeply graded. I lost it a few times, but if you just keep heading up, you'll eventually find more cairns showing the obvious way.
Mile 2.1: Trees thin and the trail opens up but still continues a 20-25% grade climb. Looking back, I have a great view of Clouds Rest where I was a few hours earlier.
Mile 2.4: Summit comes into view at the end of the meadow. It has a tower on top. A closer look shows several options for the final climb. I opted for the solid class 3 route on the right; others opted for a mix of Class 2-3 towards the middle.
Mile 2.9: Summit in all of its glory.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2060 ft / 627 m
    Extra Gain:50 ft / 15 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.8 mi / 9.3 km
    Route:May Lake; Use Tr
    Trailhead:May Lake TH  8890 ft / 2709 m
    Grade/Class:Class 2-3
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 25 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: CloudsHoffman.20150619

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Clouds Rest2015-06-19 a3086 ft / 941 m
2Mount Hoffmann2015-06-19 b2060 ft / 628 m
Total Trip Gain: 5146 ft / 1569 m    Total Trip Loss: 5146 ft / 1569 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Patrick Bergeron
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