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Hetch Hetchy Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 4,000'
Location: 37.9463, -119.788 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: ElGreco on Aug 16, 2012

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    Hetch Hetchy Valley has been named the "other Yosemite Valley". Situated inside Yosemite National Park, the Hetch Hetchy Valley was described by John Muir as "one of nature’s rarest and most precious mountain temples". Initially protected by the establishment of Yosemite National Park, in 1913 the city of San Francisco won congressional approval to build the O’Shaughnessy dam on the Tuolumne River, which flowed along the valley floor. The dam buried the valley under 300 feet of water.

    Today, the reservoir and dam dominate the character of Hetchy Hetchy Valley. Climbers seldom venture here, opting instead for the Mecca that is Yosemite Valley. Nonetheless, Hetch Hetchy is well worth a visit by you, your partner and your gear if you are looking for something different.

    Hetch Hetchy offers a mix of climbs, from easy roadside topropes to long and hard aid routes on its tall walls. As you would expect from an area that has not had generations of climbers on its routes, the rock can be a tad dirty in places. Information does not abound on the routes. However, at Hetch Hetchy you will find a different face of Yosemite, solitude, adventure, fun climbs and a chance to leave the guidebook behind and put up new routes.

    Last but not least, hopefully you will find inspiration among its sheer granite walls, and the opportunity to ponder the debate of restoring Hetch Hetchy Valley first hand.

    Getting There 

    From Hwy120, just outside the entrance to the Park at Hodgdon Meadow, turn onto Evergreen Road, following signs for Hetch Hetchy.

    Climbing Season

    For the Yosemite National Park area.

    Weather station 0.4 miles from here

    6 Total Climbing Routes

    ['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]

    Classic Climbing Routes in Hetch Hetchy

    Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Hetch Hetchy:
    Face, Ramp & Crack   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     TR, 1 pitch, 45'   H3
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    Rock Climbing Photo: Face, Ramp & Crack (5.8)

    Face, Ramp & Crack 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  California : Yosemite National Park : ... : H3
    The route on the left at the H3 crag. Begin with a few face moves to a fun mantel. After that, gain the obvious ramp on climber's left that leads up and right. A steep crack (hands, fists and a short wider section) with some face holds on the side awaits you and leads to the top....[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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    By Adam Stackhouse
    Aug 16, 2012
    Nice description.