We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Wapama Falls at Hetch Hetchy

Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: O'Shaughnessy Dam to the base of Wapama Falls, Yosemite National Park, CA
Improve this listing

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 17 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 8
    Excellent
  • 8
    Very good
  • 1
    Average
  • 0
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Uncrowded Yosemite

If you don't like the crowds and want to go on a beautiful hike, with friends or with the family, this is your thing. Trail head is at the Hetch Hetchy dam. The hike is moderate... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 21, 2015
Fadi S

Similar Things to Do in Yosemite National Park

Add Photo Write a Review

17 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
Level Contributor
4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

If you don't like the crowds and want to go on a beautiful hike, with friends or with the family, this is your thing. Trail head is at the Hetch Hetchy dam. The hike is moderate, around 5.5 miles round trip. It passes a smaller fall on the way, Tueeulala fall at around 3.5 miles from the dam. Tueeulala is... More 

Helpful?
Thank Fadi S
Tracy, California
Level Contributor
91 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

Just a five mile hike out from the parking lot (round trip) and worth every day. If you like waterfalls, you must not miss this.

Helpful?
1 Thank Michael N
Roselle, Illinois
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

I'm gonna make this simple, if you like waterfalls, you have to see this one. Wapama Falls is a fairly easy 5 mile (round trip) hike from the Dam at Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, only issue is during the warmer months bring plenty of water and sun block, it's at least 20 degrees warmer than the valley and little shade. Obviously... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank oddthomas40
FL
Level Contributor
62 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

This is a not to miss. Hetch Hetchy Valley is as John Muir said every bit as beautiful and Yosemite Valley, but it was dammed up and flooded to provided water for San Francisico. The NPS website says this is a 5 mile hike but we logged to the falls is an easy 3.5 miles on my husband’s iWatch or... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank CrystalBeachMom
Sydney, Australia
Level Contributor
70 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

This is worth every step of the 5mile round trip. Go through that man-made dam and see what mother nature has in store. This is a well maintained yet uneven trail so you'll need at least some trainers to do this. If you are of average fitness I doubt you'll find this challenging but ensure you bring water, use sunblock... More 

Helpful?
Thank imaginelle
Suffolk, Virginia, United States
Level Contributor
220 reviews
102 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

It has 200+ NET gain in elevation - but I bet you do a 1000' with all the ups and downs. The falls are amazing but 1.6 of the 2.5 miles it takes to get there is up and down over rocks - many of which are like stairs. It was a solid 1.5 hrs each way, there and back.

Helpful?
Thank Nav1go
Sacramento, California
Level Contributor
87 reviews
43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 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 

Helpful?
1 Thank Kitty L
California
Level Contributor
81 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 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 

Helpful?
1 Thank michael_in_irvine
Groveland, California
Level Contributor
134 reviews
64 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 144 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 

Helpful?
2 Thank CTBCalifornia
Rescue, Ca.
Level Contributor
73 reviews
63 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 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 

Helpful?
1 Thank travelincanuck_9

Travelers who viewed Wapama Falls at Hetch Hetchy also viewed

Yosemite National Park, CA
Yosemite National Park, CA
 
Yosemite National Park, CA
Yosemite National Park, CA
 

Been to Wapama Falls at Hetch Hetchy? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Wapama Falls at Hetch Hetchy staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Will you pick up and drop off at my hotel?
  • I have a family of 7. Can your tour accommodate all of us together?
  • How should I dress for this tour?