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Address: Hetch Hetchy Road, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389
Phone Number: 209 372 1000

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Quite Yosemite area. Great for easy hikes

Hetch Hetchy is accessible via the Big Oak Flat, Evergreen and Hetch Hetchy roads. The reservoir is located 40 miles from Yosemite Valley. This area was once considered a twin... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 5, 2015
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Long Valley, New Jersey
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Toledo, Washington
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104 reviews 104 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

If you know the history of Yosemite and John Muir, you should be puzzled as am I that this could be considered an attraction. The only up side I can see, (outside of the fact that really any large body of water is beautiful, if one can remove himself from the why its there.) is that the Dam built WITHIN... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

The positives: Much less hordes of tourists than Yosemite Valley. Some interesting geology in certain parts, contrasted with occasional patches of meadows on the drive to the reservoir. The general store at the Evergreen Lodge had surprisingly good nosh for picnicking (veggie sandwich gets a particular shout out). The negatives: If you are not going to do any of the... More 

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Long Valley, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Hetch Hetchy is accessible via the Big Oak Flat, Evergreen and Hetch Hetchy roads. The reservoir is located 40 miles from Yosemite Valley. This area was once considered a twin to Yosemite valley as defined b John Muir. The dam submerged the original river and meadow, giving place to the large reservoir. The water color is a beautiful blue. Large... More 

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Napa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Hetch Hetchy Resevoir claim to fame other than another Yosemite Valley which broke John Muirs heart. This pristine beautiful Valley was filled with water to supply San Francisco with drinking water, It is a road less traveled. Great hikes beautiful views and a little off the beaten path.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Imagine Yosemite Valley filled with water and you have Hetch Hetchy. It's one of the most beautiful places in the national park. There are some amazing waterfalls and the views across the reservoir are breath taking. If you have already seen Yosemite Valley, then you should really think about making the drive to Hetch Hetchy.

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Redwood City, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

Since I live close to the terminus of the Hetch Hetchy water system (which is Crystal Springs Reservoir in San Mateo County), I had always wanted to see where our water comes from. The road to Hetch Hetchy is a winding ~15 mile trip from the Highway 120 entrance into Yosemite. Unfortunately, this area was severely burned during the 2013... More 

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Bridgeport, Alabama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

You know you are in a different part of Yosemite before you even get to the entrance that comes complete with an armed guard. You pass rustic lodgings that just barely escaped the fires of 2014. Speaking of the fires, the fire damage is extensive in some parts of the drive to HH, thus the reason for the 4 rating.... More 

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burlingame,Ca.
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

it is a big dam. and an engineering curiosity. but it should be West in the National Forest. plus this area is where you may run into lots of Rattlesnakes !!

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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

Not many tourists go here so if you want to go to a nice quiet spot this is truly recommended! It's a big lake that is used as the water reservoir for San Francisco. It's surrounded by mountains, really idyllic!

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Pasadena, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

Walk across the dam and take a hike to two falls on the north shore. Since this dam will never be removed, I suggest that the national park should offer a boat trip around the lake. This would be especially nice for the differently abled.

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