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Address: Hetch Hetchy Road, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389
Phone Number: 209 372 1000

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Beautiful Valley and Impressive Dam

Since I live close to the terminus of the Hetch Hetchy water system (which is Crystal Springs Reservoir in San Mateo County), I had always wanted to see where our water comes... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 24, 2015
JillClardy
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Redwood City, CA
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Redwood City, CA
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47 reviews 47 reviews
28 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

Since I live close to the terminus of the Hetch Hetchy water system (which is Crystal Springs Reservoir in San Mateo County), I had always wanted to see where our water comes from. The road to Hetch Hetchy is a winding ~15 mile trip from the Highway 120 entrance into Yosemite. Unfortunately, this area was severely burned during the 2013... More 

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Bridgeport, Alabama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

You know you are in a different part of Yosemite before you even get to the entrance that comes complete with an armed guard. You pass rustic lodgings that just barely escaped the fires of 2014. Speaking of the fires, the fire damage is extensive in some parts of the drive to HH, thus the reason for the 4 rating.... More 

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burlingame,Ca.
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

it is a big dam. and an engineering curiosity. but it should be West in the National Forest. plus this area is where you may run into lots of Rattlesnakes !!

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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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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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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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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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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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