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Hetch Hetchy Reservoir

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

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We planned to hike Hetch Hetchy up to Lake Wilma but the switchbacks were long and hot. I was told they were only a few miles but I'm sure they're at least 4. And 95% of it is in... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We planned to hike Hetch Hetchy up to Lake Wilma but the switchbacks were long and hot. I was told they were only a few miles but I'm sure they're at least 4. And 95% of it is in the sun. Although the area gets snow they also get very hot. Watch the weather and be overly prepared. The person... More 

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Healdsburg, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I was so happy to see that nature had not been trampled on with all the crowds from Yosemite Valley. I am hesitant to review so that the secret remains but most folks love to stand in line and choose the path most taken. We also visited Yosemite Valley which is also beautiful except for all the congestion, traffic, and... More 

Thank Mickey H
Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We did a short hike to the waterfalls at hetch hetchy. It was peacfefull and beautiful. It was interesting to learn about this reservoir, its history and how it helped SF bay area.

Thank Josianne D
Mackay, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

During a week long visit to Yosemite, I took a day trip to the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir. A pleasant drive that puts you in another facet of Yosemite. The surrounding flora tends to be different to most that you drive by in the remainder of the park and is reminiscent of the higher altitude 'snow gums' of Australia. The Reservoir... More 

Thank dave22362
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The drive to Hetch Hetchy was beautiful, and we had to stop the car a couple of times to take in the view. When we asked at the park entrance about the trail, we were told it was flat. It was a beautiful hike, but it was not flat and there were some areas that were kind of tricky. Definitely... More 

Thank alleynep2016
San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a nice, level place to hike, there are lots of beautiful falls, one within two miles from the parking area. Also saw a good number of cute girls along the way. Enroute the drive there is a bit arduous and the terrain resembles a moonscape, but when you arrive it will be well worth the trip. I won't... More 

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Aylesbury, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

En route out of Yosemite to Groveland with time to spare so we stopped in. It's a 20 mile drive from Crane Flat junction but worth it! As soon a you join the slightly less well kept road you feel miles away from the crowds of Yosemite Valley. Gorgeous wildflowers amongst sparse pines, Waterfalls to swim in (OK, just downstream... More 

Thank HR-7
st. louis
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Interesting and beautiful spot. Historical significance and beautiful views. Enjoyed the setting sun here. One of the highlights of out trip. Very few people too!

Thank nny60
San Francisco
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016

Perhaps not as spectacular as it's neighbor, it's a shame this glacially carved valley was flooded to bring water to San Francisco. It's definitely worth a trip.

Thank edrobbie
Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

Hetch Hetchy was an afterthought for us. Last day in Yosemite and still plenty of day-light left, so we made this trip outside of the valley. Boy, we are gad we did. No crowds, beautiful scenery, fascinating dam and reservoir. One can traverse the dam, learn about the history, and once over the other side, walk through a tunnel into... More 

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