Unnamed Waterfalls in Hetch Hetchy

Yosemite National Park / Hetch Hetchy, California, USA

About Unnamed Waterfalls in Hetch Hetchy

Hiking Distance: 3 miles round trip
Suggested Time: 45-75 minutes

Date first visited: 2002-05-31
Date last visited: 2011-06-04

Waterfall Latitude: 37.96423
Waterfall Longitude: -119.77964

Waterfall Safety and Common Sense

There are a few unnamed Hetch Hetchy Waterfalls I thought might be interesting to point out.

These falls have been there each time I have visited Hetch Hetchy in the Spring so they certainly have a right to be labeled as legitimate (especially in comparison to less reliably flowing waterfalls in Yosemite that just to happen to be given names).

In one particular instance, we often observed that Tueeulala Fall can have less flow and longevity as one of the unnamed waterfalls on this page (see photo at the top of this page).

Hetch_Hetchy_hike_008_04242004 - Looking up at the waterfall mislabeled as Tueeulala Fall on our Topo map
Looking up at the waterfall mislabeled as Tueeulala Fall on our Topo map

Oddly enough, even our topo map mislabeled the unnamed waterfall as Tueeulala Fall.

This particular waterfall is also noteworthy because it’s responsible for at least one stream crossing on the trail to Wapama Falls.

Another waterfall that comes to mind is a small but attractive cascade that spills right alongside the trail not long after leaving the tunnel on the Wapama Falls Trail.

This waterfall was made more attractive when the sun happened to strike its flow at the right angle making its plume glow in much the same way that occurs at Horsetail Falls without the firefall effect.

Other waterfalls we’ve noticed happened to be on the opposite side of the reservoir.

Those particular ones came and went and didn’t seem to be particularly photo-friendly.

In any case, I’m sure under high snowpack and warm weather, you might spot other waterfalls that escaped our attention or that weren’t flowing during our visits.


The Hetch Hetchy Waterfalls reside in Yosemite National Park. For information or inquiries about the park as well as current conditions, visit the National Park Service website.

Hetch_Hetchy_013_03192004 - Profile view of falls spilling next to trail
Hetch_Hetchy_hike_001_04242004 - View of the unnamed waterfall mistaken for Tueeulala Fall from the Wapama Falls Trail
Hetch_Hetchy_008_04302005 - View of the unnamed waterfall mistaken for Tueeulala Fall from across the reservoir

The waterfalls you see on this page can all be seen from the Wapama Falls Trail. See the directions for Wapama Falls.

For context, the Wapama Falls Trail is in the Hetch Hetchy section of northwest Yosemite National Park. It would take us around 1.5 hours to drive here from Yosemite Valley, which itself would take us around 6 hours to drive there from Los Angeles. From San Francisco, it would take us around 4 hours to go straight to Hetch Hetchy.

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