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Next morning we got up early and headed to May Lake Trailhead off of Tioga Road to hike Mt. Hoffmann. From the trailhead to the lake it was an easy, short hike with not so much of elevation gain. Of course, the real hike (with an elevation gain of 2,500 plus feet) was about to begin once we left the lake behind. On record John Muir ascended the prominent peak (El. 10,856’). We took a short break at the southeast corner of the lake, near the May Lake High Sierra Camp, and enjoyed the mirrorlike reflection of the highest point in the immediate area in the unbelievably calm and clear water. It would’ve been nice to jump in the water for a swim (not in the morning but later in the sunny afternoon after a long hike), but it was not allowed because the lake was in use for domestic water supply. After a quick snack, we were ready to take on the steep uphill battle.

Yosemite National Park, CA

  • Canon EOS 5D Mark III
  • Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM
  • 16mm / 1/125 sec at ƒ/13 / ISO 100
  • Taken 8/26/2016

© 2017 H Peter Ji


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