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Hetch Hetchy Reservoir

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Address: Hetch Hetchy Road, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389
Phone Number: +1 209-372-1000
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Great for late season backpacking or day hiking.

Late season backpacking can be trouble due to snow and this past weekend we had a trip planned starting at Senora Pass. After scouting the location and noticing too much snow we... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 27 October 2016
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Osan, South Korea
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South Africa
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

If you are pressed for time this may not be one to add to your list, but still extremely pretty with some good photo ops. The walk is easy but the main view is the lake.

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Osan, South Korea
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

Late season backpacking can be trouble due to snow and this past weekend we had a trip planned starting at Senora Pass. After scouting the location and noticing too much snow we decided on plan B - a 3 day loop starting at Hetch Hetchy Reservoir. The weather was perfect and the fall colors made this a beautiful hike. We... More 

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Hollywood, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

The reservoir itself is worth a visit and it is breathtaking to see the beauty of this area. Since it is a little outside the valley it is not as much visited and more serene. We hiked out to the Wapama Falls - or what is the Wapama Falls in the Spring - but they had not a drop of... More 

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Moray, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

We drove to the damage one evening which itself is a spectacular route. We returned later and walked through the tunnel and perhaps 2 hours up the side of the valley reservoir. It is absolutely stunning, and a good surface to walk on. We had two separate bears cross in front of us! They had no interest in us and... More 

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Beltsville, Maryland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

If you want to see as much of Yosemite as possible, you have to add this section to your itinerary. It's little traveled, and not quite as scenic, but really, when are you going to be in this section of the world ever again? Parking is very limited once at the dam; you may have to loop around a few... More 

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Gulfport, Mississippi
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

A beautiful longer drive than most in park but well worth it when you get there! It's absolutely stunning and the dam is great but the hike around is unbelievably gorgeous. There were a few others but mostly isolated, peaceful and great for photography. One of my more favorable places. Highly recommend for those who want beautiful scenery and few... More 

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Wellington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

The concierge at the Majestic tried to talk us out of visiting Hetch Hetchy but everything else he recommended we had already done/seen. The drive is quite scenic and the walk over the dam and around the reservoir is easy, relaxing, and scenic. This is no Hoover Dam but if you have the time it is worth the extra drive.... More 

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Woodinville, Wa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016

Seldom do we take the time or effort to go to Hetch Hetchy. It is a beautiful place in a much different way than Yosemite. The drive is almost desolate but beautiful in its own way.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

The road and flowering roadsides...Hetchy is wonderful...little yosemite! I hiked to Wapama Falls...they were roaring...easing but nice hike...be prepared in May/early June with either swim wear or rainwear...crossing the footbridge at the falls can have water sloshing over it and lots of spray....so if you carry a camera you need to protect it...I had to stop here ...but next time... More 

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St Helens, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

Although alittle out of the way for 'normal' Yosemite visitors, this place is well worth the visit. Approx 1 hour from Yosemite Valley, the reservoir and Dam offer great views and there are also hikes available using these areas as the trailhead. We went late and didnt have too much time here as the area is for day use only... More 

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