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Hetch Hetchy Reservoir

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Address: Hetch Hetchy Road, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389
Phone Number: 209 372 1000
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Beautiful Scenery, Interesting Engineering Project

We enjoyed Hetch Hetchy. Yes, it is sad that there is a dam in the National Park, but it is there now so we decided to enjoy the beautiful scenery of the canyon walls reflected in... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 23, 2015
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Tucson, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

We enjoyed Hetch Hetchy. Yes, it is sad that there is a dam in the National Park, but it is there now so we decided to enjoy the beautiful scenery of the canyon walls reflected in the lake. It was interesting to learn about the engineering of the dam. There is a trail that crosses the top of the dam... More 

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Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

The drive to this out of the way lake takes awhile but it's worth it. The Hetch Hetchy reservoir was created to supply water to San Francisco. Before that it was a beautiful valley. The lake itself isn't as visited as the rest of Yosemite so you don't have huge crowds to contend with. The views are great and there... More 

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Tracy, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

We hiked along the shores of the reservoir. Went about 6 out, then came back. So many wonderful views along the way.

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Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

I had an ankle injury and heel spur that took me more than a year to heal. I was a bit apprehensive with this hike as I am not sure if I can finish it. But in the end, I was very happy I did the hike. It was easy and fun. There are a lot of places to rest... More 

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Springville, Utah
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

This was a good place to avoid the crowds of Yosemite Valley. There were very few people here and it's a very impressive site. The dam itself is interesting and the long tunnel that begins the trail is impressive (a life saver on the way back). The view down the reservoir is stunning. At the far end, where it looks... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

The Hetchy Hetchy Reservoir is far removed from the heart of Yosemite Valley. With that distance comes a sense of peace and stillness. When we entered we were only the 3rd car of the day. The dam itself is quite impressive and the crystalline blue water against the rising granite walls of the valley is an incredible site. Most visitors... More 

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

The trail around the reservoir is beautiful! Walk across the dam (be sure to read the educational signs along the way) and through the tunnel to get to the trailhead. You can hike out as far as you want then come back or if you want a longer, all day adventure, go all the way around. Either way, the views... More 

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California, USA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

We had never seen the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, so we drove over from Yosemite. There were great views along the way and ample parking once we arrived. We decided to try to park by the bridge instead of in the overflow parking area. There were information plaques on the bridge, a tunnel, then a 2 1/2 mile hike to a... More 

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Marietta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

Peaceful but active 2.5 mile each way hike to the falls. Saw harmless black snake and an orange gecko. This is the trail less travelled and so quiet most of the time. The falls are powerful and the water fans out to pass beneath five foot bridges with varying intensity.

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San Rafael, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015 via mobile

Less traveled than Yosemite Valley, but just as spectacular. We did a 4 day, 3 might loop of 30 miles, and only ran into people on the last 6.5mi out. Beautiful falls, majestic peaks, and serene lakes...this area has it all! We saw lots of wildlife, including a sow & 3 bear cubs. One the best kept secrets of Yosemite.

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