Hetch Hetchy Reservoir

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Hetch Hetchy Reservoir
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Bet543210
195 contributions
Stunning Scenery
Jul 2021 • Family
Wow! This was by far our favorite part of visiting Yosemite. We drove up to the Hetch Hetchy road and waited for the ranger to open it right at 8am. Just a few minutes from there was the dam where we started our hike. Two young kids that made it all the way to Wapama falls and even swam in the pools below. Without the cool water, this may have been miserable. There is very little shade along the trail and although along the reservoir the entire time, there is no way to access it because of the steep drop offs. We saw many people struggling when we were nearing the dam at the end of our trip that were wearing flip flops/crocs and had one water bottle between them. Come prepared for high temps in the summer and start as early as you can get in the gate. When you get to the falls cross the first bridge and climb down under the second. This was where you could get into the water to cool off.
Written 9 July 2021
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Vitaliy94080
South San Francisco, CA313 contributions
If you was in main Yosemite many times then this place is for you
May 2021
It is definitely worth to visit Hetch Hetchy area especially in 2021 when main Yosemite area requires booking permits in advance. Hetch Hetchy doesn't require permit, you need just regular National park pass. You may take easy hike to Wapama falls ( around 6 miles) or even more challenging hike to Rancheria falls ( around 14 miles). Reservoir views are astonishing and breathtaking. You can learn how this unique dam was created. Remember , this reservoir is main water source of San Francisco and many cities in Bay Area.
Written 26 June 2021
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gsgman777
Columbia, IL355 contributions
Rough drive, beautiful area
May 2021
If you don't like winding narrow roads at the edge of a cliff with no guard rails don't go. If you do go, you will find a beautiful lake, waterfalls and hikes.
Written 9 June 2021
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HBSnowFlower
Huntington Beach, CA605 contributions
Hetch Hetchy Day Hike to Wapama Waterfall Worth the Detour
Apr 2021
After more than 40 years of hiking, packing and lodging all sides of Yosemite, I finally made it to the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir for a hike to its thundering Wapama Waterfall in April. The Hetch Hetchy valley is as spectacular as Yosemite valley with its towering cliffs and several waterfalls but has been dammed for nearly a century to provide water for the Bay area. Walk over the O’Shaughnessy dam past signage explaining its construction, through a tunnel, and you’re on to the trail to the falls. Allow about three hours for the 5.5 mile round-trip hike to Wapama Falls, past the wispy Tueeulala. The road from Yosemite Valley out to the reservoir takes more than an hour, winding through several miles of burned forest areas. Undergrowth is gradually coming back from the past decade of fires. and we were happy to see several deer along the way.
Written 6 May 2021
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montanan_traveler
montana1,589 contributions
Plan on giving it some of your time
Apr 2021
Fantastic scenery. We only walked out a bit over a mile. Farther would have been better but even this short venture was worth going to see.
Written 4 May 2021
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Joie B
8 contributions
Great Great Area.
Aug 2020
All I can really say is HUELL HOWSER did a story on this reservoir in June 2005. It is worth viewing before you go, because it should motivate you to go. When Huell was there, it was hard to believe he was in Yosemite because there were so few people on this side of the park. Of course, most people take the "short" way into Yosemite.

That being said, this portion of the park is about 1 1/2 from ANYWHERE, so bring plenty of drinks and food. You will see falls. You will see granite. You will see wildlife. And you get to see how the city of San Francisco gets fresh, clear water.
Written 14 March 2021
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JPatti1
Chicago, IL136 contributions
Mini-Yosemite Valley
Jul 2020
This dammed valley suffers greatly from the loss of the valley floor itself, but is still a beautiful location and a starting point for a few nice hikes (e.g., Wapama Falls). The history of the dam and its environmental opponents 90 years ago makes for interesting reading and a worthwhile opportunity to ponder honestly the trade-offs that are made between what nature offers and what we need to survive and thrive as a species.
Written 28 July 2020
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Indiana_Jonesse
San Francisco, CA7,370 contributions
Did you Know?
Feb 2020
Hetch Hetchy’s (HH) turnoff is about a mile from the Highway 120 gate and about 10 miles in. From the road, you can see the reservoir and along the reservoir are three hiking trails. The shortest one is the Wapama, 2.7 miles one way. HH is a water system that supports the water for the Bay area. The O’Shaughnessy dam is the first you will view at the bridge. There is a tunnel to get to the hike. Parking is free and Park Rangers want you out by 4:30. We hiked the Wapama Falls and had lunch there. To preserve the sanitation, swimming, fishing and activities are not allowed except for the hike along side of the water. Hetch Hetchy, what a name!
Written 7 March 2020
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CTaira
Groveland, CA21 contributions
Clean water that supplies San Francisco
Jun 2019
The history of this Reservoir connects to history of Trains that serviced when this was built. Still can find the trains in James Town.
Written 5 March 2020
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kimbolina
St. Charles, IL57 contributions
Worth the drive!
Oct 2019
Took a bit of driving to get here, but glad we did. The reservoir is much larger than expected and the views all around are spectacular.
Written 16 October 2019
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