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Location: Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, Yosemite National Park, Tuolumne County
Stream: Falls Creek
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Height: ~1300 ft.
Access:   hike   nodog  
Distance: 4.6 miles (RT)
Elevation: 3800 ft. (+300 ft.)
Season: Apr-Jun
Form:   tiered
Lat/Long:37.96609, -119.76604
Directions:Drive to Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, one mile west of Big Oak Flat park entrance. The reservoir is 16 miles along Hetch Hetchy Rd.

Wapama Falls is the jewel of Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, and a must see visit in the spring. Try not to neglect going to Hetch Hetchy while on your visit to Yosemite Valley.

It is an easy 2.5 mile hike along the reservoir to Wapama Falls. Just a little past Tueeulala Falls, Wapama Falls is more powerful and impressive. It is a 1300 ft. long cascade, which rages in the spring-time. We got very wet just crossing the bridge over Falls Creek, where Wapama Falls flows over (instead of under) in some places. Then we climbed up on the rocks to have lunch with a great view of both waterfalls. If Wapama Falls is really raging strong in the spring, it will be impossible to cross the bridge (and possibly deadly if you try it), but this will only be the case at the height of snow melt.

I have seen Wapama Falls listed at a height of 1700 ft. But is actually around 1300 ft. tall. The higher figure probably originates from before the O'Shaughnessy Dam was built. At that time, Wapama Falls would have been about 400 ft. higher than it is today.

There is one more waterfall in the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir area, 30 ft. Rancheria Falls. It is a long 4 miles past Wapama Falls, with a 1200 ft. elevation gain. We did not make the long trip out to see it when we were here.

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Other waterfalls nearby:

Tueeulala Falls 0.38 miles
Hetch Hetchy Falls 0.61 miles
Tiltill Creek Falls 2.22 miles
Far Lower Rancheria Falls 2.51 miles
Lower Rancheria Falls 2.67 miles
Rancheria Falls 3.03 miles
Kibbie Creek Falls 5.66 miles
Preston Falls 8.28 miles
East Fork Cherry Creek Falls 9.20 miles
Kibbie Ridge Falls 9.21 miles
Upper Cherry Creek Canyon Falls 9.34 miles
Lower Cherry Creek Canyon Falls 9.48 miles
Middle Cherry Creek Canyon Falls 9.56 miles
Jawbone Falls 11.30 miles
Upper Granite Creek Falls 11.68 miles
Upper South Fork Tuolumne River Falls 11.73 miles
Lower Granite Creek Falls 11.75 miles
Carlon Falls 11.99 miles
South Fork Tuolumne Falls 12.24 miles
Tioga Pass Falls 13.17 miles
Upper Middle Fork Tuolumne River Falls 13.21 miles
Lower Waterwheel Falls 16.23 miles
Tamarack Falls 16.26 miles
Rainbow Pool Falls 16.47 miles
Waterwheel Falls 16.50 miles
Lower Middle Fork Tuolumne River Falls 16.51 miles
Lower Rainbow Pool Falls 16.51 miles
Lower South Fork Tuolumne River Falls 16.57 miles
Cascades 16.77 miles
Le Conte Falls 16.86 miles
Wildcat Falls 16.98 miles
Little Nellie Falls 17.03 miles
Upper Yosemite Falls 17.05 miles
Ribbon Falls 17.10 miles
Lower California Falls 17.22 miles
Lehamite Falls 17.25 miles
Lower Yosemite Falls 17.36 miles
California Falls 17.62 miles
Horsetail Falls 17.69 miles
Mattie Lake Falls 17.82 miles
Lower Glen Aulin Falls 18.05 miles
Royal Arch Cascade 18.20 miles
Bridalveil Falls 18.37 miles
Snow Creek Falls 18.51 miles
Glen Aulin Cascade 18.71 miles
Little Crane Creek Falls 18.76 miles
Widows Tears 18.80 miles
Silver Strand Falls 18.80 miles
White Cascade 18.82 miles
Foresta Falls 18.91 miles
Staircase Falls 18.91 miles
Sentinel Falls 18.94 miles
Tuolumne Falls 18.95 miles
Tenaya Falls 18.97 miles
Lower Foresta Falls 19.02 miles
Middle Tuolumne Falls 19.14 miles
Upper Tuolumne Falls 19.25 miles
Grouse Creek Falls 19.31 miles

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