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Wapama Falls at Hetch Hetchy

O'Shaughnessy Dam to the base of Wapama Falls, Yosemite National Park, CA
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Gorgeous

Lovely views. The waterfall was still in good flow despite it being the end of summer. Well worth... read more

Reviewed 3 November 2017
moreholidaysplease87
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Lincolnshire
Perfect trail if you prepare adequately

This is not a tough hike but it can be unpleasant if not prepared adequately. There is very little... read more

Reviewed 6 September 2017
Katja_e_b
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California
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O'Shaughnessy Dam to the base of Wapama Falls, Yosemite National Park, CA
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Reviewed 3 November 2017

Lovely views. The waterfall was still in good flow despite it being the end of summer. Well worth the stop.

Thank moreholidaysplease87
Reviewed 6 September 2017

This is not a tough hike but it can be unpleasant if not prepared adequately. There is very little shade except for the end where you hike through a beautiful, fragrant grove (bay trees give off a wonderful scent). I highly recommend wearing a hat...More

1  Thank Katja_e_b
Reviewed 11 August 2017

This hike begins at the tunnel by the O'Shaughnessy Dam at Hetch Hetchy. It is just under 5 miles round trip to the waterfalls, which were still quite full in August. The trail is well marked and maintained. The challenge is that much of the...More

2  Thank MominMaryland08
Reviewed 1 August 2017 via mobile

My wife and I hiked to Wapama falls in late July. The hike was not very challenging in terms of length or altitude, but it did get increasingly hot during the hike itself, especially in the long shadeless stretch in the middle of the trail,...More

1  Thank merlinohad
Reviewed 2 July 2017

This hike is less popular than many others in Yosemite. You will not be alone, though. After a winter of lots of rain and snow, all the waterfalls are awesome. One can get up close with this one after an easy/moderate hike. Very cool!!!! Hike...More

Thank Ronald E
Reviewed 2 July 2017 via mobile

A great hike to a wonderful waterfall. But DO NOT try to cross the bridges at high water - people have died doing so!

Thank Spreck R
Reviewed 14 June 2017

The gushing waters through O'Shaughnessy dam, walk through the tunnel, hike to the falls - the Hetch Hetchy experience is awesome. We went just before the season and also early during the day so parking was not a problem. Reaching the fall and standing in...More

Thank Puneite_10
Reviewed 13 June 2017

The Wapama Falls trail starts from the O'Shaughnessy Dam and is 5 mi/8 km roundtrip. The trail is rated moderate (should be rated easy). The trail condition is very good - either fine gravel or smooth granite. There is a small downhill portion at Wapama...More

Thank pingaroo
Reviewed 11 June 2017

You can see Wapoma Falls from the dam. The hike to get there is stellar. 5 miles round trip, there & back. Some incline, but not too bad. After a smoothly graded start, the trail turns very rocky with smooth stretches between. The wildflowers were...More

Thank ccindyk48
Reviewed 8 June 2017

This is a great little hike if you go in the spring or early summer, when the waterfalls are still flowing. It’s described as being 5 miles round-trip with 200 feet of elevation change; because the trail goes up and down a couple of times,...More

1  Thank travelerfromsj
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