Hetch Hetchy Trail to Rancherio Falls

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Hetch Hetchy Trail to Rancherio Falls is a 12.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Long Barn, California that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October.

DISTANCE
12.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3234 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

lake

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

hiking
6 days ago

The best part was running through the Wapama Falls.

hiking
12 days ago

Not able to reach the second fall due to deep water on the trail but really beautiful with good views of the reservoir. Easy hike with lots of sun. Top hike at Hetch Hetchy even without second fall.

hiking
13 days ago

Pleasant hike with beautiful views the entire time. Definitely worth the drive in to the Hetch Hetchy area.

hiking
18 days ago

Great day hike in and back.

Crossing Wapama Falls was intense today. Yesterday the water was splashing onto the first bridge. Today it was flowing over the first bridge.

Rancheria Falls is definitely worth the extra work up and back. Lots and lots of wild flowers and butterflies as well along the entire length of the trail.

On the way in, at about 8am and not more than 200 meters from exiting the tunnel, my son spotted a bobcat watching us from a small rocky alcove a few meters above the trail.

hiking
26 days ago

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hiking
2 months ago

the trail starts off easy and gets difficult after Wapama fall. the trail is a tough terrain of rocks that meander uphill . the road is narrow and at times slippery.
the view is very pretty and the rancheros fall was very impressive .

I hiked this trail with a 35-pound backpack in 1972 on Memorial Day weekend with friends. It was a gorgeous hike, I loved going through the waterfalls for much-needed refreshment. We stayed at Rancherio Falls area where many people who didn't hang their food lost their tents and equipment to bears. On our way back, the falls had grown quite a bit so that some people had to be helped across. Just a tad bit dangerous!

hiking
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backpacking
10 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

Just hiked to the bridges at the lower falls and it was well worth the effort. It was almost 100 degrees that day so the falls were much needed. We got soaked crossing the bridges. I could see how this would be dangerous and some times impossible when the volume coming over the falls is high. This hike is a nice alternative to the crazy crowded Yosemite Valley.

backpacking
Saturday, June 11, 2016

Great trail, great views, and great spots to camp if you're backpacking, which you definitely should do

Sunday, June 05, 2016

hiking
Friday, June 03, 2016

Great waterfalls and a different perspective of Yosemite. Despite being a holiday weekend, not too many on trail. Next time will get permit and stay overnight at Rancheria Falls.

hiking
Monday, May 30, 2016

Very nice beautiful trail. Made the mistake of coming here during a busy holiday weekend but the scenery was well worth the trip. The falls were such a relief after hiking for a bit. Got to cool off with some ice cold snow melt water. Definitely will be back to tackle it a little bit further.