The Hoffmann Humps (Sheep)

Mid October 2016

6 km round trip

292 m elevation gain

Our destination, the Hoffmann Humps. A group of particularly unusual sandstone outcroppings on Mt. Hoffmann’s north face.  Hoodoos.  Stone faces gazing westward toward the front range peaks of Gibraltar and Bluerock.mt-hoffmann-humps07

It’s funny how the act of crossing a river, even a shallow one like the Sheep, can dissuade one from exploring an entire side of a valley.  After the flood of 2013 destroyed the old bridge at Tiger Jaw falls, Mt. Hoffmann drifted from a summit worthy of exploring to one that was tossed to the side.  Put on hold in favour of the Sheep’s north shore trails like Volcano Ridge, The Knob, or climbing Windy Pt. for the 10th time.

Then a new shinny bridge appeared and we wandered into a whole new world.

mt-hoffmann-humps11A great hike.  Parking at Indian Oils Day Use area, then over the bridge and up the wide access trail.  A few switchbacks to meadows and rose covered hill sides with sandstone and lichen.  Hoodoo’s and views of Gibraltar to Bluerock.  We turned back at the Humps instead of heading to the true summit and followed an off trail route over a small hill to the east before meeting with the main trail at a cairn in the first meadow.

 

Who are these humps named after?  With their mind expanding views and shapeshifting hoodoos. Is it Christian or Albert?

– Kaptain Kananaskis

 

mt-hoffmann-humps01
Mt. Hoffman with the new bridge at bottom right.
mt-hoffmann-humps02
After the bridge a wide access trail takes you 1.4 km to the obvious junction on the right.
mt-hoffmann-humps03
At a fork we ascend into meadows with views
mt-hoffmann-humps04
Approaching the hoodoos
mt-hoffmann-humps07
The Hoffmann Humps

mt-hoffmann-humps05

mt-hoffmann-humps09

mt-hoffmann-humps06
Gibraltar Mountain at centre with Mt. Burns to the right
mt-hoffmann-humps12
Ancient Bolders rest at the food of the cliff
mt-hoffmann-humps11
Hoodoos
mt-hoffmann-humps16
Faces

mt-hoffmann-humps15

mt-hoffmann-humps10
Ancient weathered wood

mt-hoffmann-humps13

mt-hoffmann-humps05

mt-hoffmann-humps14

mt-hoffmann-humps08

mt-hoffmann-humps22
Lichen Crust
mt-hoffmann-humps18
Bonsai Lodgepole Pine
mt-hoffmann-humps17
Panorama from the Hoffmann Humps
mt-hoffmann-humps19
Bluerock mountain to the NW
mt-hoffmann-humps20
Volcano Ridge to the North.  This view is from the top of the hill above the humps.  We then descended it off trail to the base of a second hill.
mt-hoffmann-humps23
Descending the Second Hill. Fog clogs the valley eastward towards Turner Valley
mt-hoffmann-humps21
The view east from the second hill
mt-hoffmann-humps24
At the base of the second hill
mt-hoffmann-humps25
Tiger Jaw Falls from the bridge

mt-hoffmann-humps26

mt-hoffmann-humps28

mt-hoffmann-humps27

mt-hoffmann-humps29
Shunga-la-she behind the Sheep River
hoffmann-humps-google-earth-view-from-45
The route to the Hoffmann Humps, The Sheep River to the left of screen.
hoffmann-humps-google-earth-route-from-above
The route to Hoffmann humps

 

 

Advertisements

3 thoughts on “The Hoffmann Humps (Sheep)

  1. Hi we are looking at doing the Hoffman humps hike how difficult is it? I’m a moderate hiker. thank you.

    1. Hi Anita,

      I would say that this hike is moderate, even slightly less than moderate if you hike often. If you still have another couple hours of energy in you I’d recommend hiking all the way to the summit of Mt. Hoffmann. The humps are about 2/3 of the way up. Enjoy!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s