O'Shaughnessy Dam at Hetch Hetchy.
The trail starts off by crossing the dam
Hetch Hetchy - this would be the second Yosemite Valley had it not been turned into a reservoir.
Why build a trail around it when you can blast a tunnel through solid granite?
Inside the dank tunnel
A peek at Wapama falls in the distance
Looking back on the dam from the trail
Seasonal falls along the trail
Deep pool along seasonal falls - fished here for a few minutes but no bites.
My pack (Osprey Exos 58 - almost too big but fits a bear canister perfectly).
Approaching Wapama Falls, I can already hear the rumble.
Also, see the pyramid shaped peak in the distance - that's LeConte Point, something I will be visiting later in the day.
LeConte Point, the reservoir, and Kolana Rock
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Closer to the falls - already feeling the mist.
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Can't see it from this angle - but there are several bridges that allow the trail to cross the rushing water. And that mist is blowing right over them.
Looking back at the dam, about 2.5 trail miles back.
Catching sight of the upper part of Wapama Falls
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I could see where the water in the reservoir was churned up from all the water being dumped into it from the Falls.
The first bridge over Wapama - I pulled out my pack rain cover and put the camera away.
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After crossing the 5 (?) bridges I was soaked. Left my pack out in the sun to dry and went back to take pictures from a relatively dry spot.
Looking down on the falls runout.
Kolana Rock on the other side of the reservoir. Smith peak behind it to the left (we did a backpacking trip where we camped on the summit there a few years ago).
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The driest bridge and the falls.
Up the trail a bit, looking back at the falls and the dam in the distance.
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After Wapama Falls, the trail wiggles along the valley's wall, in and out of shaded forest.
Wapama Falls, now a ways behind me. I've dried off by now.
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Kolana Rock and reservoir level stains.
First sighting of the Rancheria Falls area. LeConte Point in the middle.
Curving away from the reservoir, I find a nice campsite near Rancheria Falls
After setting up camp I continued up the trail. The falls were going crazy at the crossing.
Churning water at Rancheria Falls
Looking down the cascades (Kolana Rock poking up in the back)
The trail switchbacks up about 1500 ft to a saddle, with great views down to the reservoir.
Climbing up into granite and manzanita. No snow left in this exposed terrain.
Just below the summit of LeConte. Was so focused on route finding once i left the trail, I forgot to take pictures.