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Reviewed November 13, 2018

This is a beautiful valley that rivals Yosemite. It is criminal that anyone was ever allowed to dam the valley while inside a National Park. Don't let the reservoir keep you from visiting. Perhaps one day they will remove the dam and restore this amazing...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed October 3, 2018 via mobile

I surely recommend visiting this valley in Yosemite. It's a not so long ride on a nice road through a farm. Be aware of the fact that the road is closed in the evening. However upon entrance you will get all the information and the...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 26, 2018

The trail here is easy to take and has relatively low numbers of stairs compared with other Yosemite trails. We hiked about a mile and then found a wonderful view on top of a rock to have lunch and take a nap. There were maybe...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 25, 2018 via mobile

What an amazingly beautiful area! If only we had known, we would have gotten here earlier in the day. The Hetch Hetchy reservoir...easily seen why John Muir and others like him fought for this land to be protected. Due to the population needs of the...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 22, 2018

Worth the long scenic, steep and winding drive to Hetch Hetchy from Yosemite Village. On the way beware of the cows in the road in the last few miles. We saw a lot of burned out areas. The dam is impressive. We walked over the...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed August 18, 2018 via mobile

Huge beautiful reservoir in majestic setting. Looks so inviting but bathing is strictly prohibited. Good information boards on the dam which you can walk across.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed July 19, 2018 via mobile

Yes the drive is long, but it is absolutely worth it, you can already see the damm some miles before arriving at it and it very big. The building is very big and on the roof are a lot of informations about it. They builded...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed July 9, 2018

Hetch Hetchy does take a little time to get to but the payoff is worth it. We drove up one morning to hike to Wapama Falls. There is ample parking if you get there early and a bathroom at the overflow parking area. Really the...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank jkweebs
Reviewed June 18, 2018

This is one of my favorite places to go in Yosemite and this is why: #1: It's far away from the maddening crowd. Not as many people know about Hetch Hetchy and it's far away from the more touristy Yosemite Valley. Hetch Hetchy was a...More

Date of experience: July 2017
1  Thank Noelle C
Reviewed June 17, 2018 via mobile

Loved my hike at Hetch Hetchy. Just a reminder, it is a windy, slow drive from the main entrance of Yosemite. You leave the park, and then enter it again at another location, so don’t lose your day pass. It was actually a pretty hot...More

Date of experience: April 2018
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December 24, 2018|
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Response from KaimukiGirl24 | Reviewed this property |
You can check the National Park.gov web site to see what parks have been affected by the government shut down. I believe they stated Hetch Hetchy is closed. This area is quite remote and the drive is twisty, narrow and... More
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danwiener44
February 16, 2018|
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There's a parking area by the dam. It's accessible on the dam. The hiking trail to Wapama Falls is 5 miles there & back. It's NOT accessible! You can see the falls from the dam though. Depending on where you're coming from... More
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September 25, 2017|
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We went early (around 0800). Parking lot had 4 other cars. We saw only a couple of people going to the falls. On the way back there were at least 30 people going to the falls. The parking lot wasn't full, but there were a... More
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Joan Randolph
Santa Cruz, California
Hetch Hetchy (5 Replies)
OK, now that we know we can get over Tioga Pass next week, what is the skinny in driving to the Hetch Hetchy reservoir? Thanks for any info.
May 19, 2008|
Response fromJulie F|
Friends were there last week so I assume it is open.
Sheri P
California
One day in park, can we see Hetch Hetchy too? (3 Replies)
Greetings! My hubby, son and I will be doing a full day in the Valley to see the Main sites this weekend. (yeah, I know this is a last minute query!) :-) We'll be getting there early and renting bikes for the morning. In the evening, we're planning to drive up to Glacier Point. Will we have time in the afternoon for a drive out to the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir? How long is the drive and can anyone give me directions from the Valley Floor? Is it highly reccomended? Thanks!
May 15, 2009|
Response fromJoan Randolph|
We visited Hetch-Hetchy early last summer. We stayed overnight at Hotel Charlotte in Groveland, drove to Hetch-Hetchy and then into the park and messed around Yosemite Valley, then went back to Groveland for the night. That said, I would not try it in your case, in a day. First of all, we have been to Yosemite many times and did not even try to go to Glacier Point or anywhere else. Hetch-Hetchy is interesting, but it is not a quick drive up and back, 40 miles each way from Yosemite...More
ThanksSocialSecurity
Dublin, California
Please be careful hiking Yosemite. (5 Replies)
With the winter rain and snow and lots of water now, people need to be extremely careful hiking in Yosemite. Officials at Yosemite National Park say one hiker is dead and another is presumed dead after the two were swept over a bridge into a reservoir while returning from a backpacking trip. Park officials said one body was recovered soon after the men fell into the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir on Wednesday morning. Rangers continue to search for the body of the second hiker.
June 30, 2011|
Response fromKibbles16|
I just read this on SFGate's website. Very sad. Yes, folks, please be careful if you plan on hiking in areas where there is still snow or melting snow present.