Here, you can see millions of gallons of water and a spectacular waterfall in a pristine setting. Do not let its beauty fool ... More
Hetch Hetchy Reservoir
Here, you can see millions of gallons of water and a spectacular waterfall in a pristine setting. Do not let its beauty fool you, the reservoir's purpose is to supply the San Francisco area with water as well as electrical power. This reservoir is located in a secluded and quiet area of the park making it a great location for picnics or meditation. In addition, this place has trailheads for several hikes. The road to the reservoir is closed from October to June.
Without water this valley would just be Yosemite-lite but the water (and dam) gives it something Yosemite doesn't have.
I just took a walk to Wapama Falls and climbed the rocks there to the top of the falls but in the future I'd like to take a longer hike.
On the way back there's even a nice bar to stop by at the Evergreen Lodge.
loved everything about it,lived here for 6 months doing trail work for the national parks crew in part with the c.c.c. Best time to visit is late spring to summer time when the snow is melting. Venture into the jack main high country for pure innerpeace.
hetch hetchy is the place to be.the hike to rancheria falls cant be beat.it is the perfect place to introduce the children to backpacking.crossing the bridges at wapama falls is intense during high water.to me this place is one of my favorite spots.
even the drive up to hetch hetchy is awesome.we seen big meadows of wildflowers that were exploding with colors.
Even though it still retains its beauty. Some of us Paiutes, the original owners of Hetch Hetchy wonder what our ancestors saw when they used to camp along the floor of the valley. The Hetch Hetchy Indians wonder what it will look like in the future.
But it is still worth seeing.
It is still a nice hike and must see.
the drive up and around the mountain is a little scary, practically nothing stopping you from falling off the side of the mountain. but..
its absolutly beautiful. the view from the dam into the valley is beautiful. and the resevoir itself is huge. the mountains that frame it light up when the sun is setting, and there are at least 3 big waterfalls that you can hike too. we only made it to a small one, because the park closes at 8. but the hike around the resevoir is easy.
We didn't plan on going to Hetch Hetchy on our trip and only did because our lodge was nearby and we could fit it in during the evening. I was pleasantly delighted.
The views along the drive are spectacular. They get better and better as you get closer to the reservoir.
The drive to the reservoir and walking out on the dam are well worth this trip, but there's some decent hiking on the other side of the dam as well. We didn't get too far on the hike since the park was closing, but the portions we saw were very satisfying.
This valley is nearly as awe-inspiring as Yosemite Valley itself. If you hike over the dam there is a tunnel thru the mountianside that leads to a trail which parallels the resevoir. The trail is very easy and mostly level. About 1.5 miles along the trail is a great view of the waterfall and is a nice picnic spot.
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