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Wapama Falls at Hetch Hetchy

Address: O'Shaughnessy Dam to the base of Wapama Falls, Yosemite National Park, CA
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Type: Hiking trails, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
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Type: Hiking trails, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
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Sacramento, California
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25 reviews 25 reviews
13 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

We planned to do the short "lookout hike" but ended up at the dam and decided to go for the Wapama Falls hike instead. I'm so glad we did! It's 5 mi round trip. You start through a tunnel (a flash light would be helpful here as there is water on the trail) and embarked upon a wonderful hike along... More 

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California
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75 reviews 75 reviews
6 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

The hike is 5 miles round trip and a well marked trail making it a perfect family hike. The day we were there, the weather was overcast making for a comfortable hike. The waterfalls were flowing strongly so they were beautiful! But the best part of this hike is that there were essentially no other people there. Everyone goes to... More 

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Groveland, California
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87 reviews 87 reviews
36 attraction reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

I love the Wapama Falls hike at Hetchy in autumn, winter and early spring. I find it a bit too hot in the peak of summer, there is very little tree cover or shade along the trail. It can be windy, and much cooler in morning and late afternoon, so layering your clothing is a good idea. The Wapama Falls... More 

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Rescue, Ca.
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72 reviews 72 reviews
62 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 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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21 reviews 21 reviews
3 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
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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2,091 reviews 2,091 reviews
1,276 attraction reviews
1,219 helpful votes 1,219 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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42 helpful votes 42 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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74 reviews 74 reviews
29 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 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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26 reviews 26 reviews
22 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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