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Hetch Hetchy Reservoir

Hetch Hetchy Road, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389
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Type: Waterfalls, Dams
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Mission Viejo, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

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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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

It's an easy 1/2 day hike with incredible views. The end of the hike rewards you with an incredible catwalk to the falls where you can take your shoes off for a nice cool rest and some lunch! Just don't hike it in flip flops like we saw some poor folks attempting.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

It's about one hour from Yosemite Valley, but get away from the crowds and see a really nice dam with stunning views and nearby parking. The water is used by San Francisco. The tunnel carved out of rock is pretty cool, too. A nice respite from it all.

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DeBary, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

It was a bit of a ride from the main entrance of the park to Hetch Hetchy. If you wanted to see more than the dam you had to walk thru a large tunnel, which was slightly flooded out from the dam. The water generated from the dam feeds the San Francisco Bay area with fresh clean water! Not a... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014 via mobile

People that go to yosemite often never go here. You have to drive a ways to get to this place. You will be glad you did. We loved the area and the views. We walked to the falls. Bring water. You walk through a tunnel then about 2.5 miles to the falls. You can stand below the falls and get... More

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Albany, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

Hetch Hetchy seemed to be a less traveled area of Yosemite which is another part of its appeal. Few people, no commercialism, just spectacular scenery. It is a 2 1/2 mile hike into the raging Wapama Falls overlooking the Hetch Hetchy Resevoir and surrounded by majestic mountains. I am an inexperienced hiker, not so in shape, and I easily completed... More

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Cape Coral, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

We loved this hike at Hetch Hetchy. Across the dam, through the tunnel, then 2.5 miles to the Wapama waterfall, which was flowing VERY well in April! Beautiful views, not too tough of a hike (not too much uphill, some but not bad at all). A wonderful hike. We spent about 3 hours total there, and took our time.

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