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Wapama Falls at Hetch Hetchy

O'Shaughnessy Dam to the base of Wapama Falls, Yosemite National Park, CA
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Rescue, Ca.
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66 reviews 66 reviews
56 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

Although the falls weren't flowing the last time I was there it was still good to see the area again. The hike to the falls area and back is worth the experience as it gives you a general idea of what the area might look like had the dam not been built. As it is now, it's an impressive site,... More

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Claremont, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

It takes a while to get to Hetch Hetchy from Yosemite Valley, but the location is fabulous. It has a controversial history - which is all the more reason to visit. We spent the day there at a time when there were serious forest fires around Yosemite. It was one of the few places that was not lost in the... More

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Fremont, California
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1,700 reviews 1,700 reviews
1,065 attraction reviews
995 helpful votes 995 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Friends and us enjoyed a nice hike out to the falls. It is very scenic and only a few others were on this trail. As such this was a very nice hike out. When we got close to the falls, we saw that a friendly bear was enjoying the falls area. We watched, enjoyed seeing the bear, and then decided... More

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Fresno, California
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41 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

This is one of the most impressive and fun waterfalls we have visited. It has very beautiful trail. It was one of the most scenic trails we have experienced. There are beautiful Hetch Hetchy Resevoir, mountains and O'Shaughnessy Dam on the right, many small waterfalls on the left throughout the trail, and wild flowers and small creeks across the trail.... More

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Lake Hopatcong, New Jersey
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72 reviews 72 reviews
29 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

We hiked out to Wapama falls. It wasn't very crowded, so it was nice to hike and only see a few people. The views over the water and down the mountains are fabulous. Did have a rattlesnake slither out in front of us on the way back. Waterfalls weren't flowing this time of year (August). I assume that would make... More

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Twain Harte, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

Dryer climate- Lower elevation. The trail is flat as you walk around the lake. There are small streams that cross the path at certain times of the year. Can be very hot in the summer months. Holly

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Madera, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2012

When the water is flowing it is spectacular. One wonders what Hetch Hetchy would look like without the dam.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2008

This is one of my favorite hikes from Yosemite. You get to see two waterfalls, walk over the middle of Tweelala Falls and in the end get drenched while walking on the bridge near Wapama Falls. Bring layers because you will be under direct sunlight for the first half of the hike, and also bring some food for a picnic.... More

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