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Hetch Hetchy Reservoir

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Address: Hetch Hetchy Road, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389
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If you are planning to visit Yosemite National Park, together with most famous attractions and iconic places like Tunnel Viewpoint, Yosemite Valley, Glacier Point, Tioga road... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
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Sacramento, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

How anyone could have the thought of flooding this valley is beyond me. I came here one time, that was enough. It was a major disappointment. To flood such a beautiful place is nothing short of a crime. The city of San Francisco could have found other places to get their water. Shame on all those that were involved in... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

If you are planning to visit Yosemite National Park, together with most famous attractions and iconic places like Tunnel Viewpoint, Yosemite Valley, Glacier Point, Tioga road, reserve some time if possible to visit this corner of paradise as well. You really will not regret. If you have only half day available, and you love taking quality pictures, I would recommend... More 

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Thank Paolo P
Winona, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a beautiful spot and very uncrowded even on a Saturday. The backpackers campground was full though as it is a great hiking site. We took the hike from the dam through the tunnel and thought we would make it to the falls, but it was a little too challenging for some members of the group so didn't make... More 

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Michigan
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120 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We did the hike that was through the tunnel and all the way to the large falls. It was rated as a medium difficulty, but we found it quite hard to go there and back. (we are not normally hikers, but are in good shape). Lots of up and down hill, steps, uneven ground with rocks poking up and in... More 

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Brentwood, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Although the trail was closed right at Wapama Falls due to torrential waterfall, it was still a beautiful place to be!

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Palo Alto
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As a Bay Area resident, I loved the idea of seeing where my drinking water originated. Winter rains and an above average snow pack have filled the lake and resulted in spectacular waterfalls. The wild flowers are beautiful and clear days give way to grand vista. It's a beautiful time to hike and enjoy a little know part of Yosemite.

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Bend, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were told the Evergreen Road was closed, so we took Cherry Lake Road. This was more difficult and I was glad I was not driving. But the day was lovely and we enjoyed a walk over the damn and up the hill. There are no amenities other than restrooms, but I had never been and enjoyed the day.

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Thank wynneo2015
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our vacation rental had a printout on Hetch Hetchy, otherwise we would not have known it existed. The valley was packed, but we only saw 10 people on the entire 5 mile hike to a huge waterfall. I only wish we had a guide to tell us the name and history of the area.

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Thank Everett T
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

O'shaughnessy dam created the Hetch Hetchy reservoir, which in turn provides clean water for San Francisco. Beautiful views and waterfalls. Definitely worth a detour if you are nearby!

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Brisbane, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I've always known my water came from Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, but until this last trip to Yosemite, had never been. Now, I can't wait to go back! The amazing dam, the beautiful drive in, the hike to the falls, it's an experience you won't soon forget.

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