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Hetch Hetchy Reservoir

Address: Hetch Hetchy Road, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389
Phone Number: 209 372 1000
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Type: Dams, Waterfalls, Nature & Parks
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Type: Dams, Waterfalls, Nature & Parks
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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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44 reviews 44 reviews
14 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
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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29 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
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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San Francisco, California
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64 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

I visited Hetch Hetchy as a 12 year old in the early 80's. I remembered it well, as it was almost exactly as I'd remembered. I took my daughter who coincidentally was also 12 at the time. She loved exploring the dam, tunnel and peering over the side to the water below, which was pristine. It wasn't crowded so we... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

Living in the bay area my whole ;ife I never got to see this area even though I have been near it many times worth the time

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

Came here after Christmas. Very beautiful. We hiked to Wapama Falls. The hike feels longer than it is and is quite rocky. The waterfall was a wonderful reward.

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St. Albans, United Kingdom
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19 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

Although it is out of the way and quite a hike, it is well worth the trek. not at all crowded, don't try to fit it into a an itinery, yhis is a one stop journey. Take your time and enjoy.

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Rancho Cucamonga, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

this is a beautiful out of the way area of yosemite. the hike to the falls is wonderful. not crowded, pretty drive, a very nice day. it takes some time, so don't try to fit it into a lot of other stops. take your time and enjoy this quiet area of yosemite.

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North Bonneville, Washington
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20 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

This was close to my lodge and I decided to check it out early in the morning. Saw deer on the way out and the views were spectacular. Did witness some of the destruction of the recent forest fires but was still beautiful. The reservoir was incredibly beautiful and I learned that it supplies San Fran w/ most of its... More 

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San Jose, California
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Finally visited Hetch Hetchy after over 14 trips to Yosemite. Wow, should have done it sooner. You have to drive thru about 20 miles of burned out forests to get here which are not very scenic, but I still recommend this. The views of the domes/granite cliffs around Hetch Hetchy are almost as grand as Yosemite Valley. You can walk... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

We visited on a misty morning. Crossed the dam wall and found the information signs very interesting as I knew nothing about its history.

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