Casual Backpack: May Lake and Mount Hoffmann

Casual Backpack: May Lake and Mount Hoffmann

Explore the heart of Yosemite at a relaxed pace on a backpacking trip with an expert naturalist guide.
September 6, 2019 to September 8, 2019

This class has been cancelled.

Get the most out of the final days of summer on a two-day, one-night guided backpacking trip in the heart of Yosemite. On Saturday, enjoy the views of Tenaya Lake and Half Dome during a short, easy-paced hike, before setting up your camp near May Lake (9,000 feet). Spend Sunday relaxing at camp or hiking up nearby Mount Hoffmann (10,800 feet), Yosemite’s geographic center, before heading back to Tioga Road. If you opt for the day hike, you’ll be treated to a 360-degree view of the park, including Yosemite Valley and the northern boundary peaks, from a soaring summit.

Throughout the weekend, your guide will help you connect with the natural world and the forces that have shaped Yosemite’s landscape. By the time you pack out on Sunday, you’ll be well-acquainted with plants and animals that live at high elevations, with Yosemite’s unique geology, and with the tranquil beauty that makes the May Lake area so special.

Included with your registration:

  • Two full days of guided backpacking in the Tuolumne Meadows area. Start at 9 am on Saturday, September 7, through 3 pm on Sunday, September 8 (dependent on the speed of the group), plus an introductory evening meeting (7:30 pm on Friday, September 6, at Tuolumne Meadows Campground).
  • Park entry (as needed).
  • Shared camping among all participants before and after the trip (as needed, September 6 and September 8) at Tuolumne Meadows Campground.
  • Bear-canister rental (as needed) and Wilderness permits.

Note: There is no discount if you choose not to use our gate pass or campsites.

Information about upgrading your accommodations to stay at Tuolumne Lodge will be emailed to you after you sign up, our room block is for Sunday, September 8 only. On Friday, September 6 camping is included and there is no room block at Tuolumne Lodge.  The option to upgrade expires 45 days before the program.

Experience Level: Any. Participants must be physically fit.
Hiking: Easy–Moderate. 1 mile to May Lake with the optional ascent of Mt. Hoffmann an additional 6 miles round-trip.  
Elevation Range: 8,700 feet (trailhead)–10,800 feet (Mount Hoffmann).
Registration price: $229
View a suggested backpacking packing list.
Andrea Canapary

Andrea Canapary

Andrea Canapary is passionate about teaching people of all ages to develop appreciation for the natural world. She spent ten summers in the Adirondack Mountains helping connect youth to wilderness, and has since instructed at numerous environmental education centers across California and Oregon. After being assigned to lead a California Conservation Corps (CCC) backcountry trail crew for five months in the Yosemite high country 20 years ago, Andrea fell in love with the region, settling just outside the park to raise her family. She has now spent more than 18 years teaching classes on both the natural and human history of Yosemite to CCC trail crews, and has enjoyed countless adventures in Yosemite’s front and backcountry. She is excited to guide you on a trip that will leave you with some equally incredible memories!