Hetch Hecthy

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Yosemite National Park, California

Hetch Hecthy Yosemite National Park Reviews

runnofun runnofun
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Hiking Around Hetch Hetchy Sep 10, 2009
It's a pretty cool area and normally thaws out before the rest of the park. The Lake has two far size waterfalls on it. If you want to get out of the main valley and all the people it's a good choice.

Here is something from a travel site-

Hetch Hetchy Reservoir is the longstanding answer to the question, "What's the most outrageous thing you can get away with in a national park?" Observers who saw the Hetch Hetchy Valley in its original state thought it resembled a smaller mirror image of Yosemite Valley, but after an act of Congress in 1913, the dam was built and the valley disappeared. It's been replaced by a giant tub, complete with bathtub ring, and the steep walls make it inaccessible except for the single trail along the Wapama Falls side.

Reading this page hasn't been a complete waste of your time, though. The top 1,400 (yes, 1,400) feet of Wapama Falls remain visible above the reservoir and well worth visiting, and the Big Oak Flat area, which we've lumped with Hetch Hetchy for convenience, boasts its own grove of Giant Sequoias.

At under 4,000 feet (1,200 meters) in elevation, Hetch Hetchy is the lowest part of Yosemite, and consequently we think it's best for winter and spring visits, before the weather gets too hot. The Merced Grove, at 6,000 feet (1,800 meters), is pleasant all summer long.
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