I had a few spare hours after dropping-off the WildLink crew for their amazing week-long expedition last Tuesday. (See their expedition photos here). Desperately in need of a huge hike to work-off the stress of this school year, I set-off for the summit of Mt Hoffmann from the May Lake parking lot. Three miles and 2200' of elevation gain will get you to the summit and the amazing 360 degree views from the geographic center of Yosemite.
There's also a ton of great geologizing to be had along the way. Hoffman is made of the Mt Hoffman Granodiorite, which is pretty, but the star of the hike is quartzite and quartz-mica schist that has been folded and twisted like taffy. The entire set of photos can be found in the Photo Journal. (PS, I also caught/released) eight brookies in May Lake in 45 min of fishing/photographing.
And a rough 3D model of a piece of the quartzite along the trail.
Ryan J Hollister - Geoscience & EnviroSci Educator, Avid hiker, Landscape photographer, WildLink Club Advisor, Central Valley Advocate.