If Yosemite National Park is in your plans for a weekend getaway, consider leaving crowded Yosemite Valley to go stand in the center of the park — literally. Hiking Mt. Hoffmann — the geographical center of the park — is a challenge, but hikers are rewarded with sweeping views of the park’s backcountry. In fact, it’s a 360-degree, bird’s-eye view of the park.
( Mike Morris )
To hike Mt. Hoffmann, start at the May Lake trailhead. The trailhead can be found off Tioga Road — accessed by heading west over Tioga Pass or, if coming from Yosemite Valley, via the park’s Big Oak Flat Road. Driving west from Tioga Pass, you’ll pass Tenaya Lake and the Olmsted Point lookout before turning right (if coming from the valley, turn left after Porcupine Flat). Follow the unmaintained road to the May Lake trailhead, which can be found near the bathrooms. Be careful of the potholes.
Credit: An article by Mike Morris in the L.A Times.