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

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Educational and Beautiful

The trail around the reservoir is beautiful! Walk across the dam (be sure to read the educational signs along the way) and through the tunnel to get to the trailhead. You can hike... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 27, 2015
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San Diego, California

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

The trail around the reservoir is beautiful! Walk across the dam (be sure to read the educational signs along the way) and through the tunnel to get to the trailhead. You can hike out as far as you want then come back or if you want a longer, all day adventure, go all the way around. Either way, the views... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

We had never seen the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, so we drove over from Yosemite. There were great views along the way and ample parking once we arrived. We decided to try to park by the bridge instead of in the overflow parking area. There were information plaques on the bridge, a tunnel, then a 2 1/2 mile hike to a... More 

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Marietta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

Peaceful but active 2.5 mile each way hike to the falls. Saw harmless black snake and an orange gecko. This is the trail less travelled and so quiet most of the time. The falls are powerful and the water fans out to pass beneath five foot bridges with varying intensity.

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San Rafael, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015 via mobile

Less traveled than Yosemite Valley, but just as spectacular. We did a 4 day, 3 might loop of 30 miles, and only ran into people on the last 6.5mi out. Beautiful falls, majestic peaks, and serene lakes...this area has it all! We saw lots of wildlife, including a sow & 3 bear cubs. One the best kept secrets of Yosemite.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

The history of this place and the idea that an area more picturesque than the Yosemite Valley could have been plunged into water is sad, but what is here is beautiful. A much more remote part of the park than Yosemite Valley, this should be experienced.

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Whitehorse, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

Keep in mind if you are driving from the Valley that the gates close at 7pm. I was not told and arrived at 5:30pm hoping to do the hike to Wapama Falls. I did hike the 5+ miles return but at a brisk pace. It was a pretty hike but if you're pressed for time, I would spend more time... More 

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Toledo, Washington
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

If you know the history of Yosemite and John Muir, you should be puzzled as am I that this could be considered an attraction. The only up side I can see, (outside of the fact that really any large body of water is beautiful, if one can remove himself from the why its there.) is that the Dam built WITHIN... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

The positives: Much less hordes of tourists than Yosemite Valley. Some interesting geology in certain parts, contrasted with occasional patches of meadows on the drive to the reservoir. The general store at the Evergreen Lodge had surprisingly good nosh for picnicking (veggie sandwich gets a particular shout out). The negatives: If you are not going to do any of the... More 

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Long Valley, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Hetch Hetchy is accessible via the Big Oak Flat, Evergreen and Hetch Hetchy roads. The reservoir is located 40 miles from Yosemite Valley. This area was once considered a twin to Yosemite valley as defined b John Muir. The dam submerged the original river and meadow, giving place to the large reservoir. The water color is a beautiful blue. Large... More 

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Napa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Hetch Hetchy Resevoir claim to fame other than another Yosemite Valley which broke John Muirs heart. This pristine beautiful Valley was filled with water to supply San Francisco with drinking water, It is a road less traveled. Great hikes beautiful views and a little off the beaten path.

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Address: Hetch Hetchy Road, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389
Phone Number: 209 372 1000
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Yosemite National Park

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