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Rancheria Falls Trail

Intermediate
 4.3 (4)

Enjoy this beautiful lakeside trail with two wonderful waterfalls.


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Map Key

4.0

Miles

6.4

KM

Point to Point

4,692' 1,430 m

High

3,868' 1,179 m

Low

1,203' 367 m

Up

388' 118 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (4°)

29%

Max Grade (16°)

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Features Commonly Backpacked · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall

This is closed in the winter, and if the waterfalls are overflowing, you won't be able to pass.

It's a good idea to bring wicking fabrics/shoes, as the waterfall can drench you!

Description

This trail is really nice and worthy of a day hike. From the beginning, the trail follows the shore of the reservoir before passing underneath Hetch Hetchy Dome and across a small drainage. After crossing Tiltill Creek, the trail begins a steady, switchbacking climb to the waterfall.

Once at Rancheria Falls, revel in the beautiful water and enjoy the view!

Contacts

Land Manager: NPS - Yosemite

Shared By:

Rodolfo Camacho

Trail Ratings

  4.3 from 4 votes

#9

in Hetch Hetchy

#8783

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#9

in Hetch Hetchy

#850

in California

#8,783

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Photos

Hetch Hetchy wildflowers.
May 22, 2016 near Yosemit…, CA
Wapama Falls.
Feb 4, 2016 near Yosemit…, CA
Another set of footbridges beneath Wapama Falls.
Jan 26, 2016 near Yosemit…, CA
Water below the footbridge as it makes its way into the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir in the fall.
Jan 26, 2016 near Yosemit…, CA
Kolana Rock rises majestically on the opposite side of the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir.
Jan 26, 2016 near Yosemit…, CA

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Jun 26, 2020
Kerry Seabrook
Jun 3, 2019
P S
Jun 25, 2018
Sherri Souza
Trail has a lot of sun exposure in the summer and not many access points to water. From the Dam to Rancheria Falls fitbit registered 7.5 miles. 15mi — 10h 00m
Jun 22, 2018
Marc Daniel
Jun 16, 2018
Lisa Roach
Quick one-night backpacking trip. Joined by SK and Becky.
Oct 14, 2017
Anna Gonzaga
15mi
Jun 3, 2017
Jeff Mi
Feb 14, 2016
Tristan Shakespeare