Now if you like the outdoors and you’re around California you’re probably stoked to head up to Yosemite, right? But what if you thought about bipassing Yosemite and going to a hidden gem?

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View from the road on the way into the Valley

Hetch Hetchy is in the northern part of Yosemite National Park and provides a non-tourist invaded look at a glacier carved valley and numerous sights to be seen. We drove to the O’Shaughnessy Dam that you see in the picture above and from there we hiked to the waterfall you see in the picture as well. All in all it was a 5 mile hike. There were amazing rock faces to look at, flowers and poison oak to see and a few critters as well!

Here’s some pics:

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Parking lot at O’Shaughnessy Dam101_0571

 

101_0573The dam was really flowing with all the snow melt!101_0577
View from the trail from the other side of the dam
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A very calm Western Rattlesnake that was about 500 yards into the hike. He was about 3 feet and the rattles say he’s about 11 years old.
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About half way to the waterfall. You could hear the roaring water echo off the opposite wall of the valley.
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Rainbow off the mist from the waterfall.
101_0585Standing to the left of the waterfall.
101_0590Standing to the right of the waterfall.
101_0592We got saoked from the waterfall so we sat on a rock and ate some lunch and this is the view.
101_0593Saying goodbye to Yosemite from the back window of the Mountain-Bot.

It was a great day. The hike took us about 2.5 hours to complete and the day could not have been better. So, for all you adventurers out there, try hetch Hetchy the next time you’re up in the Yosemite National Park, huh??

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