Hetch Hetchy Valley

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Hetch Hetchy
By all accounts from John Muir’s time, the Hetch Hetchy Valley was somewhat smaller but every bit as beautiful as neighboring Yosemite Valley to the southeast. The renowned conservationist ultimately lost the struggle to save Hetch Hetchy from being dammed, and in 1923 the O'Shaughnessy Dam began distributing water to a thirsty San Francisco, nearly 170 miles away. The controversy didn’t end there: Every few years environmentalists call for demolition of the aging concrete structure, so far to no avail. Yet if you’re craving some solitude, Hetch Hetchy is a worthwhile detour inside the park, where just below the dam you can take a short (but steep) hike down to the Tuolumne River as it runs through the lovely Poopenaut Valley. If time allows, treat yourself to a night at the nearby Evergreen Lodge.
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Hetch Hetchy Valley, California 95321, USA