Yosemite National Park Hetch Hetchy Hiking

Wapama Falls

Difficulty: Moderate 2 to 4 hours

Roundtrip: 5 mi / 8 km No

Start: O'Shaugnessy Dam.

This easy trail will take you right to the bottom of Wapama Falls (and Tueeulala Falls in spring). Watch for rattlesnakes and poison oak!

Rancheria Falls

Difficulty: Moderate 8 to 10hours

Roundtrip: 13.4 mi / 21.4 km No

Start: O'Shaugnessy Dam.

This is a popular trail for overnighters but it makes for a good day hike as well. You will see Hetch Hetchy Valley from various perspectives.

Poopenaut Valley

Difficulty: Moderate 2 hours

Roundtrip: 3 mi / 4.8 km No

Start: Four miles from the Hetch Hetchy Entrance Station (look for the small turnout on the right), along the Hetch Hetchy Road.

This trail provides quick access to the Tuolumne River, descending 1,229 feet (735 m) to the river below O'Shaugnessy Dam.

Smith Peak

Difficulty Roundtrip time distance Wheelchair accessible? Strenuous 6 hours

Roundtrip: 12.5 mi / 20 km No

Start: Hetch Hetchy Ranger Station.

This trail takes you through forest and meadow to Smith Peak, where you get great views of the Hetch Hetchy area.

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