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

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2 months ago

backpacking
3 months ago

A must for Yosemite. Your feet are going to get wet, deal with it.

backpacking
3 months ago

Did this hike 3 years ago and it was wonderful! Planned on hiking it again but found that the Wapama Falls bridge was said to be closed because of the increased amount of water flowing over it? Reading through the recent comments, seems like Rancheria Falls was hiked to and camped only a couple days ago and that people just had to get a little wet from the over-spill of water on the bridge. I don't mind that as long as the bridge is intact. Has anyone just recently crossed the bridge..Could someone please post an updated pic of the bridge - is it cross-able? TY :)

3 months ago

We backpacked and camped at Rancheria falls campground (permit required) and the entire experience was fabulous. We had the top of the falls all to ourselves watching the sunset. We left our tent and packs behind the next day and hiked to the Tilltill valley- over 50 different types of wildflowers and gorgeous scenery along the low traffic trail. The third day we headed back and saw a bear along the trail! Wampana falls was crashing over the first bridge making for some excitement. Crowds pick up between the Dam and wampana falls but still not as crowded as the valley. Overall a great experience

hiking
4 months ago

The best part was running through the Wapama Falls.

hiking
4 months 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
4 months ago

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

hiking
4 months 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.

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6 months ago

hiking
6 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
10 months ago

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