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Only went to Wapama falls. The hike was moderate but miserable. Hot sun very few spots to stop for shade. The trail is mostly climbing over rocks. Exhausting. The falls however were fabulously roaring splashing the bridges and drenching us with spray. The Hetchy canyon doesn’t even compare to the majesty of the Yosemite valley canyons. Glad I went once to see it but not a do over. #oneanddone

hiking
no shade
1 day ago

Really nice trail with beautiful falls. It is an hour and half drive past Yosemite Valley, so plan that ahead. During the summer, it’s really (really) hot so try to come earlier in the day and bring lots of water. Is doable for all types of hikers, but yes, it was extremely hot. Other than the heat, I enjoyed this hike very much.

Beautiful trail along Hetch Hetchy. The trail is very exposed to the sun. The waterfalls are very powerful this year because of all the snowmelt

hiking
29 days ago

6/14/19 Trail was populated and not difficult at all. Gorgeous views

Hetch Hetchy is nice but it's still a reservoir and a much farther drive than to the Yosemite Valley and just one trail! I just wanted to check it out but I probably won't go back I'll stick to the rest of Yosemite! Got there at 7 a.m. to start the trail early and make it to Rancheria falls but they opened until 10 a.m. so I had to wait and I did a small trail to Tuolumne Grove in the meantime. By the time Hetch Hetchy opened and we got to the trail it was past 11 a.m. really hot and no shade so we only went a mile past Wapama falls. The trail was really hot with no trees and mostly just a view of the reservoir. The highlight was Wapama fall it was super strong and we got completely soaked especially when we crossed the bridges to the other side. No one else crossed the bridges, everyone was scared. We kept meeting groups of people we passed along the way to the falls and everyone just made it to the falls. When we headed back we saw a couple that dared enough to cross the bridges too! It was dangerous to some extent but doable.

This place was Awesome, loved it! WAY less people then the Valley so it makes the drive back to it worth it. Hiked it Late June, pretty flat trails. I will be going back

hiking
1 month ago

Hetch Hetchy is absolutely beautiful right now! The wildflowers are in full bloom, lots of bees and butterflies flying around. Beautiful views of Kolana rock, Hetch Hetchy dome, the dam, and very full and fast flowing falls. The falls are dangerous right now! I would give it a few weeks before attempting to go beyond Wapama Falls. A person went missing very recently (6/7-6/9-ish) after apparently being swept away at wapama bridge. Just because the bridge may be open doesn’t mean you should attempt to cross it. Use common sense. I hiked this 6/12 and we saw a sizable bear right at the beginning of the trail as you’re coming out of the dam tunnel. It wasn’t startled by the 15-20 people already on the trail; it continued to attempt to approach, so be extra cautious if you’re hiking this alone or in a small group.

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bridge out
washed out
1 month ago

Unfortunately, due to the extreme snow melt, the footbridge at the base of Wapoma Falls was impassable due to high waters and there was no opportunity to move forward on to Rancheria Falls. The trail was beautiful though, and feeling a bit cheated on mileage, I decided to reroute and head up to Bee Hive where i came to a fork after 2 miles. Once at the fork, I decided to head back down to the dam and head back to camp.

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rocky
1 month ago

Hiked on 6/7 - Trail is quite rocky with areas where you’ll have to cross through water to continue. Use caution as snow melt is creating rapid moving water streams. Lots of poison oak on the sides of the trail. Beautiful views.

hiking
closed
washed out
1 month ago

The wapama falls bridge is closed due to high water levels. You can get to the falls but not past them. Technically it’s “at your own risk” but some dude got swept off the bridge two days ago so that was a big nope for me.

hiking
bridge out
1 month ago

Nothing too spectacular but it was a nice trail along the river. Perfect for my 3yr old. Lightly trafficked which was a huge plus. Nice & quiet with just the sound of rushing water & birds.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice trail, fairly easy with some rocky sections. It was hot and there is not very much shade so come prepared with water. The views are spectacular, and the falls are raging right now.

Went in late summer and while the falls are pretty nice, the rest of the trail is quite meh.

This is a great trail. Mostly flat but lots to see. We hiked it early June 2019. Think about packing rain gear for walking near the falls. Walking on those bridges felt a little like being in a tropical storm! I’ve uploaded a couple of pictures. After the falls, the trail passes through relatively thick vegetation with lots of bugs. Definitely pack bug spray!

If you are looking for a fun trail that is not that difficult this is a good one. Has it’s challenging spots but for most part fairly easy. We went on a cooler day, but can see how it can be a “hot” trail. 90% unshaded. Nice views throughout entire hike. 4 completely different falls (5/31) with the final being the highlight. This fall was raging and if you dare go on the bridge you will get soaked!

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muddy
rocky
1 month ago

Hiked on 5/22: trail was muddy, wet, and downright flooded in some places. A lot of fun and beautiful, but very uneven terrain in places. Only got 1 bug bite, I guess we were a few days too early for them (based on other reviews). Definitely wear waterproof shoes and don’t wear cotton if you intend to go close to the falls, our jackets were very wet but luckily dried out quickly. We went during the week and probably saw 30 other people at various points on the trail. There is shade in some portions of the trail at the start and end but none in ~2/3 of the trail.

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bugs
rocky
1 month ago

Very nice views from a rocky trail with quite a bit of water across it by late spring. Waterproof hiking boots recommended. And mosquito repellent. Watch for poison oak along the last part of the trail.

hiking
1 month ago

Water at the bridge flowing strong. looks beautiful but be careful crossing.

hiking
1 month ago

This is one of those trails where the journey is just as cool as the destination. It offers great views the whole time and a really cool waterfall.

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rocky
washed out
2 months ago

I have been in Hetch Hetchy Dome before in summer time, came back again today ( May/19) It was a big surprise, I had raining, snowy, sunshine and windy, but it is pretty day hike for everyone. Love it mind come back again

Get to the parking lot early on a weekend otherwise you'll have a hard time finding a spot. I started at 11am and went all the way to Racheria Falls and got back to my car at 5pm. Be prepared to get soaked as you cross Wapama Falls! The waterfall was roaring! But on a warm day it felt good and you'll dry out quick. Also, most of the elevation happens after you get passed the falls. The first part of the trial was fairly busy, but hardly anyone was on the trail once you make it past the Wapama waterfall. I'd also recommend sunscreen and bug spray.

backpacking
rocky
2 months ago

We backpacked to Rancheria Falls which is totally worth the energy spent to get there. I would say this trail is hard. We were able to make it to camp at rancheria in about 6 hrs and the return trip took the same amount of time. What makes this trail difficult is the constantly changing terrain. There are almost no spots on the trail that are flat and smooth. Having to step over boulders and finding the right footing takes alot of extra time. We went in early May and the waterfalls were incredible. Wapama Falls was just outrageous. We got soaked just getting across the bridges but it was so much fun. You really have to experience it for yourself. Seeing it from the dam, I still didnt understand how much water there was until I got there. There were no bear sightings but we did see a small snake. And there were alot of people on the trail.

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