A massive rock fall has forced officials to close a popular hiking trail in the Hetch Hetchy area of
Park officials said Monday that more than 16,000 tons of rock fell 500 feet, toppling trees and scattering boulders that destroyed a section of Rancheria Falls Trail. The tumbling rocks kicked up large clouds of dust along Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, according to a photo provided by the National Park Service.
The Rancheria trail was closed just east of the Wapama Creek footbridges until further notice, Yosemite officials said in a statement.
No visitors were injured by the rock fall, which occurred March 31 in the afternoon. The boulders fell from the base of a cliff just east of Wapama Falls.
Park officials said that hikers could reach Wapama Falls from O'Shaughnessy Dam.