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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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Nature, by a dam site!

It's a sorry story, the history of Hetch Hetchy and all. Only dam in USA that's located in a national park. It's not needed, but the political powers foisted it on the American... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Cameron B
Sacramento, California

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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

It's a sorry story, the history of Hetch Hetchy and all. Only dam in USA that's located in a national park. It's not needed, but the political powers foisted it on the American public and now San Fran-sicko clings to it like an addiction. Tear down this wall. Re-operate the system and Don Pedro reservoir downstream. John Muir was right,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Yes San Francisco ate up a big part of this area of the Park for a Dam to satisfy their thirst, but a lot of it is still to be found. Hetch Hetchy has its own gates for entry. Size of vehicle is limited. The road to this area is not as well kept. It is also subject to logging... More 

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Aiken, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The fire was 2 years ago. They are clearing out all of the burned trees. There is an old camp area with quaint cabins that was neat to see. We parked before we got to the dam, but found there was closer parking on the far side. There was a helpful ranger answering questions about the dam and the area.

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Gardnerville, Nevada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

The Dam was not running, but the scenery was so spectacular, The walk onto the bridge was about 1 mile ,but all information was posted in slab on the bridge-wall. Pictures of the mountains were dull, but overall it was educational.

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Concord, New Hampshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

The hike to the Falls is easy. In fact we ran into 2 groups on our hike with newborn infants with them. The hike is well marked and has a small elevation gain. A ranger at the Hetch Hetchy Resevoir recommended it for a short hike that could end in a nice afternoon picnic and swim. The water is cold... More 

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Concord, New Hampshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015

While popular spots in Yosemite National Park, like Yosemite Valley and /glacier Point, tend to be crowded, especially on weekends, there are more "out-of-the-way" spots to visit. Hetch Hetchy Reservoir is one such place. Begin your journey about one mile west of the Big Oak Flats Entrance (the west entrance) to Yosemite on Route 120. You will be out of... More 

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Washington, DC
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

This is the water supply for 80% of SF's needs. Controversial from an environmental perspective but a beautiful, level walk around the reservoir is interesting.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015

FANTASTIC road to the reservoir. Especially on a Motorcycle. Speed limit is 25 MPH and the rangers use radar, so watch it ! I recommend this as a day trip from your camp and back. We got lunch at Evergreen Lodge on the road there close by. Bring a camera and a video!

Thank Joe T
Tucson, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

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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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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