High Sierra Camp Tent Cabins

May Lake High Sierra Camp

Established 1938

Mt. Hoffman Reflection in May Lake

Elevation: 9270 ft. (2825 m)
8 cabins with a total occupancy of 36 guests

Towering above May Lake, Mt. Hoffman is the geographic center of Yosemite National Park and an excellent, though strenuous, hike for May Lake visitors. Located on a quiet, high mountain lake, perfect for relaxing and fishing, the camp is a fantastic blend of hospitality and high country scenery. The ridge just behind camp has a grand view of the southern end of Yosemite and is a popular sunset spot for hikers and photographers. This is the easiest camp to access via a short, one-mile hike from the parking lot off Tioga Road and a great overnight family destination. 

May Lake History

Photography at Sunset near May Lake

In 1863 Charles F. Hoffman, a topographer, climbed a 10,850 ft. peak with William Brewer and J.D. Whitney of the historic Whitney Survey.  Two years later the mountain was named for him.  Hoffman then named the lake underneath the peak for his fiancée, Lucy Mayotta Browne.  May Lake High Sierra Camp was constructed in 1938.  The site was chosen by Mary Curry Tresidder to replace the old Tenaya Lake camp.  Boats were hauled in for guest use, but were later discontinued by request of the National Park Service.  From the small ridge behind camp, guests were able to watch the Firefall at Glacier Point in the distance. The hike up Mt. Hoffman has challenged many generations.