Are you ready to take a hike? There are two popular hikes in the region.
The Wapama Fall Trail follows the north / west side of the reservoir and
will take you to Wapama Falls. The Poopenaut Trail is a short trail only 2
miles round trip. But, the Poopenaut Trail is very steep and your
elevation change is 1250 feet. It will take you to the Tuoloumne River and can
provide you with peace and solitude. You can reach the Poopenaut Trail
approximately 3 miles from the dam along the road to the Hetch Hetchy
Wapama Fall Trail
To reach the Wapama Fall Trail, just walk across the dam. A tunnel has been
created in the granite on the other side of the dam. You walk through the
tunnel, it is dark, cool and damp. Water is dripping from the ceiling in early
On the other side of the tunnel you begin a trail that is gentle. The trail is
wide and easy to navigate. You will rise over 400 feet in some areas of the
trail. It becomes more rugged, but it is manageable by most people. As you
travel the trail be sure and admire the different flowers along the path. I was
amazed at some of the places flowers were growing. You would see a rocky, dry,
hot area and there poking it's head from the rocks was a tiny but beautiful
flower. There are many different flowers. See if you recognize any of them.
Tueeulala Falls - Misty Falls of Lace and Soft
We went to Yosemite National Park the first week of June 2007. The snow that
year was 40% of normal snow. The first falls you reach is Tueeulala. This year
it was more than a trickle; it appeared to be a creek. We didn't notice the
falls until after we had passed it. But, what we saw when we looked up was a
misty falls of lace and soft. If you look at the photo of the yellow flowers
above you can see the results of the falls. Where ever water crossed the path,
flowers would flourish. In this area, it was actually a little dangerous and
slippery. I almost slipped as I crossed this area. I don't think my life was in
danger, but after the flowers the water dropped over 100 feet to the reservoir
The north side of the reservoir there is little in the way of shade. During the
hot dry days of summer, the trail can be brutal. You must bring water with you.
As you continue the Wapama Trail towards Wapama Falls you experience a few ups
and downs in the path. Shortly, you will hear the falls as it roars 1400 feet
off the top of the granite. During some spring and late winter periods the
trail will be closed because of the amount of water splashing over the path.
Once you get to the falls, there is a boardwalk that allows safe passage around
the falls. Take plenty of photos before the bridge, on the bridge and after the
bridge. The look of the falls is different in each of those spots. Watch the
mist that it doens't mess up your camera lens. After the falls many people will
find some shade and eat a snack they brought with them and prepare for the hike
Kolana Rock Rises almost 2000 Feet Above the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir
As you head back be sure and look across the reservoir to see Kolana Rock. A
massive granite that rises almost 2000 feet above the reservoir. Use your
binoculars to view peregrine that nest on Kolana Rock. We weren't able to see
anything with our binoculars. "Time for new binoculars!"
The distance for the hike is 5.4 miles and can take up to 3 hours depending on
your level of fitness. Are you up to continue on for another 4.7 miles one way?
You can visit Rancheria Falls. This would be a long day hike. There are
campgrounds in the area if you want to camp and make it a two day hike.