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Address: O'Shaughnessy Dam to the base of Wapama Falls, Yosemite National Park, CA
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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.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 24, 2015
Michael N
Tracy, California

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Tracy, California
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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.

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Roselle, Illinois
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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 

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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 

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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 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 

Suffolk, Virginia, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 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.

Sacramento, California
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70 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 138 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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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 

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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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