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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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Modesto, California
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25 reviews 25 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

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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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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6 attraction reviews
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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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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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Mission Viejo, California
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4 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

This reservoir serves the San Francisco Bay Area's water needs. It is quite an impressive thing to see once you get there. The 7-mile winding mountain road leading to it has some very steep drop-off cliffs along the way so if anyone is afraid of heights, best not to go. Once there, you are able to hike along the top... More

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Fremont, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

We have visited Hetch Hetchy Reservoir on a number of occasions. Our most memorable trip was the day we hiked to the falls on the opposite side from the parking lot area. We loved the views on the way there....and when we got to the falls we found a bear "enjoying" the falls. We decided on that trip we would... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Spectacular location, great for hiking and walks. Some quite steep parts and a shame you can't go on the reservoir in boats. Got very hot in the basin so take plenty of water. The hike to the 2 waterfalls is advertised as 5 Mile round trip but took a lot longer than expected due to the heat and the terrain.... More

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

We had purchased a week-long Yosemite NPS pass, so we easily drove from the Valley floor up to Hetch Hetchy for the day. There is plenty of parking by the reservoir and bathrooms close enough, but if you're looking to have lunch, prepare to pack in your own meal. We ended up doing the shortest of the many hikes, Wapama... More

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