Imagine a Yosemite National Park without the crowds but with waterfalls, lakes, hiking, fishing, campgrounds and history. That’s what we offer you. Fewer than one in twenty park visitors have seen this special part of Yosemite but, with an article in magazine and this web posting, the secret is out.

First things first. It’s called Hetch Hetchy. It is indeed a part of Yosemite National Park. First inhabited by the Ahwahneechee Indians, it was explored by naturalist John Muir who later would call it his favorite corner of Yosemite. His lobbying to Congress was instrumental in making Yosemite a national park…our first.

San Francisco Bay Area residents have their own reason to salute this special “corner of Yosemite”. It is the the source of a vital resource for them. The O’Shaughnessy Dam, built from 1915 to 1920, delivers, via 156 miles of pipeline and 37 miles of tunnels, crystal clear drinking water to San Francisco and environs.

Visit the Yosemite National Parks Website for trail information on each of the 5 trails in Hetch Hetchy.

This is what I did for spring break! It was a three day backpacking trip around Hetch Hetchy in Yosemite. We went with Campus Recreation…I was chaperoning..hehe. Anyways, it was one of the best experiences Ive had and if you get a chance you should really try it. This video is a combination of video recorded and pictures taken by me on a regular Canon SD1000. Oh and I wore the same shirt for two days=)


Enjoy the outdoors and love getting out into the backcountry.

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