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Wapama Falls at Hetch Hetchy

O'Shaughnessy Dam to the base of Wapama Falls, Yosemite National Park, CA
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Awesome, powerful waterfall

This hike is less popular than many others in Yosemite. You will not be alone, though. After a... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Ronald E
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Teaneck, New Jersey
Wonderful but caution necessary

A great hike to a wonderful waterfall. But DO NOT try to cross the bridges at high water - people... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Spreck R
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Oakland, California
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O'Shaughnessy Dam to the base of Wapama Falls, Yosemite National Park, CA
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This hike is less popular than many others in Yosemite. You will not be alone, though. After a winter of lots of rain and snow, all the waterfalls are awesome. One can get up close with this one after an easy/moderate hike. Very cool!!!! Hike...More

Thank Ronald E
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A great hike to a wonderful waterfall. But DO NOT try to cross the bridges at high water - people have died doing so!

Thank Spreck R
Reviewed 14 June 2017

The gushing waters through O'Shaughnessy dam, walk through the tunnel, hike to the falls - the Hetch Hetchy experience is awesome. We went just before the season and also early during the day so parking was not a problem. Reaching the fall and standing in...More

Thank Puneite_10
Reviewed 12 June 2017

The Wapama Falls trail starts from the O'Shaughnessy Dam and is 5 mi/8 km roundtrip. The trail is rated moderate (should be rated easy). The trail condition is very good - either fine gravel or smooth granite. There is a small downhill portion at Wapama...More

Thank pingaroo
Reviewed 11 June 2017

You can see Wapoma Falls from the dam. The hike to get there is stellar. 5 miles round trip, there & back. Some incline, but not too bad. After a smoothly graded start, the trail turns very rocky with smooth stretches between. The wildflowers were...More

Thank ccindyk48
Reviewed 8 June 2017

This is a great little hike if you go in the spring or early summer, when the waterfalls are still flowing. It’s described as being 5 miles round-trip with 200 feet of elevation change; because the trail goes up and down a couple of times,...More

Thank travelerfromsj
Reviewed 26 May 2017

The dam reminds me of New Zealand in that the granite cliffs come right into the water. While it sickened John Muir to see it built, it really has it's own beauty not to mention it provides water and electricity to San Francisco and surrounding...More

Thank Brenda C
Reviewed 16 May 2017

A bit difficult to get there and the bridge was closed due to high water falling, but it was absolutely gorgeous. The best view is really over the dam even if it is a bit far.

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Reviewed 13 April 2017 via mobile

Heading to Hetch Hetchy was well worth the trip. The hike is moderate for "older legs" and we certainly had wet feet after the round trip. Bring extra socks and a spare pair of sneakers in the car. It took us a couple of hours...More

2  Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 9 February 2017

Spring is always the best time to visit waterfalls at Yosemite National Park as there is always a lot more water pouring over the falls from the snow melting. It takes 5 miles round-trip to get to Wapama Falls and back to Hetch Hetchy's parking...More

1  Thank IheartZephyr
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