Rancheria Falls

Yosemite, California

Rancheria Falls Professional Review and Guide

"Lots of flowers, birds, bears, and reptiles are likely company on this popular springtime backpack. The route runs along the north shore of Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, past Tueeulala and Wapama Falls, where you can expect to be thoroughly drenched by spray, to campsites beside the spot where Rancheria Creek tumbles down a series of cascades into the lake. You can do it as a strenuous day hike, but there are lots of moderate ups and downs that make it more demanding than it looks. Rancheria Falls has always been a notorious hangout for “problem” bears, so keep your canister locked."

Rancheria Falls Reviews

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What a hike! It starts out so innocently, an easy saunter through the woods. But soon, you start to climb, and climb, and climb up the switchbacks to a ridge on the north side of the dome. During the climb, you catch glimpses of the mountain peaks to the west through the trees. The trail levels out, then winds through the woods and past a nice pond that reflects the dome (great scene in the morning light). The climb up the dome starts soon thereafter, and gets a bit harrowing for those afraid of heights. But the sense of accomplishment is awesome. This hike is highly recommended!

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
6 hours to 2 days
Mid-Apr through June
Yosemite National Park
Local Contacts
USGS Hetch Hetchy Reservoir and Lake Eleanor quads
Local Maps

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Jun 2018