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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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Pretty spot, interesting history

My favorite part of visiting Hetch Hetchy is learning about the history that it has lent to the area. There are a lot of informational signs along the dam where you can read about... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 weeks ago
Reno, Nevada

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mesa, az usa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

John Muir had it right, what a great place! Tear down the dam! Decent backpacker camp with bathrooms, dish rooms and potable water nearby.

Thank zepplin20
Reno, Nevada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

My favorite part of visiting Hetch Hetchy is learning about the history that it has lent to the area. There are a lot of informational signs along the dam where you can read about its construction and the involvement of John Muir, who considered it to be a little yosemite valley. Very sad that they put the dam up here... More 

Thank morgiee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2015 via mobile

After two days in the 'main part' of the park we spent a day at Hetch Hetchy. Very calm area, great views, and a nice and easy hike to a waterfall of an hour. Was vert nice to cool pur legs in the cold water there!

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015

Family stayed at Evergreen Lodge near Hetch Hetchy. Was worried there wouldn't be enough to see outside the valley, but I loved this easy hike at Hetch Hetchy. Lots of pretty flowers in the spring, not too rigorous, and a nice reward of a cool waterfall!

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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2015

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 November 4, 2015

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 October 24, 2015

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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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 14, 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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