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Hetch Hetchy Reservoir

Hetch Hetchy Road, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389
209 372 1000
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Type: Waterfalls, Dams
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Roseville, California
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91 reviews 91 reviews
29 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

I had heard of Hetch Hetchy for a long time, and on our way back from Yosemite this past week-end we decided to see it. First, be prepared for a rather long drive on very windy and poorly-finished roads. Second, recognize that this is a rather controversial reservoir. John Muir and other conversation interests fought it. But San Francisco needed... More

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Pittsburg, CA
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

With all the fires that surround the area, there's no water coming out of the dams spillway that serves the SF Bay Area. The dam itself is awesome and worth the trip. Stop for a picnic lunch (bring your own at Mather Camp (before you get to the dam). Lots of picnic tables & shade.

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Murrieta, California
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19 reviews 19 reviews
10 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

An interesting place with a history. When this valley was dammed to create a water supply for San Francisco, many were distraught that its beauty would be lost forever. I've read accounts that say the valley was even more beautiful than Yosemite Valley. At any rate, it's controversial, especially now that there is a strong movement afoot to take down... More

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Solon, Ia
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61 reviews 61 reviews
14 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

Probably the most scary road i'v been on if you don't like heights on the edge of road you won't like this. But that said great views.

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Modesto, California
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38 reviews 38 reviews
16 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

One can't help but wonder what this place would look like un dammed. A lot of the granite formations surround the reservoir along with some nice waterfalls.At the very least you have to cross the dam and go through the tunnel nearby.Very nice!!!

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Palatine, Illinois
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

One of the highlights of our trip to Yosemite was the hike to Carlon Falls. This hike is outside of the Hetch Hetchy park entrance. It's about a 2 mile hike to the Falls. At the Falls, there are several great swimming holes. There are spots to jump into the pools and you can swim under the waterfalls. Our kids... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

I loved this place. Man made reservoir set in a beautiful valley, and a nice easy walk to the waterfall, which takes around an hour and a half. There is very little shade though, so be prepared. Shame you can't swim in it, it looked lovely of a very hot day !

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Santa Monica, California
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3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

This valley was equally beautiful before it was filled in by the Toulume River but it's a wonderful area of the park. Way less crowded and very serene. Hiking is good in this part of the park also.

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Lexington, Kentucky
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

This is a pretty lake, but there is so much to see in Yosemite that is more beautiful (for me anyway). I would spend your time elsewhere in the park.

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Merced, California
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26 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014 via mobile

I've been to Hetch Hetchy quite a few times. The reservoir is a nice sight, especially after driving through miles and miles of burnt forest. The burnt forest is the aftermath of last year's rim fire, and quite a shocker. I hiked the trail to Wampana Falls a few years ago. The fall is dry at the moment. This hike... More

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