I'm back from a week's vacation to Yosemite Valley and the great Hetch Hetchy... Shown right is a view of Half Dome from the Yosemite Valley floor. This was taken along the old Bridle Trail, a little-used trail that circumnavigates the valley floor for 13 or so miles - a good full day's hike.
Shown left is a view of the Hetch Hetchy. The Hetch Hetchy is a valley just like Yosemite and is right next to it. In 1913, the US gov. turned it into a 400 ft deep reservoir to provide water to the San Francisco Bay Area. A lot of people would like to see it turned back to the beautiful valley it once was.
Hetch Hetchy has the finest trails and it's waterfalls are as beautiful as that of Yosemite. Galen Rowell preferred the quiet of the water-filled valley to Yosemite's crowd-filled one. It is seldom visited and the area's best kept secret.
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