Saturday, September 02, 2006

Yosemite Valley & the Hetch Hetchy

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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Connie Marie said...

Beautiful place and with water shortages I hear about in california, this should probably be left as it is ---a water storage for San Francisco rather than a pretty park which would be pretty to look at but not the asset it is left as a resevoir.

I hope that I can visit here someday!

SuzyQ said...

Hi Connie Marie,

Yes, it's quit a controversy. Unfortunately, removing the water would turn it into another Yosemite with all it's requisite tourists. Only 1% of visitors to Yosemite Valley currently head over to the Hetch Hetchy, so it's still fairly pristine in that sense. The city of San Francisco wants it left alone but others who wish for dams to be removed are fighting against that. Apparently the water it provides can be stored elsewhere. It will be interesting to see what happens.