I wrote another review for White Wolf Lodge a few years ago so please refer to it for more information. This is an update. This year we couldn't get consecutive days in White Wolf Lodge so we had to haul our gear back and forth between White Wolf and Curry Camp which is in Yosemite Valley. I've discovered that you can make reservations for the various tent cabin camps one year + a day in advance. So, make the reservation and then cancel it at least a week before, so not to be penalized, if you aren't going to use it. If you don't make the reservation, you'll lose out on that site. The tent cabins go quickly so reserve as soon as you can.
For those unfamiliar with Yosemite, the Valley contains all those sites that you see on television progams, i.e. the high waterfalls, Merced River and granite peaks like half dome sticking up. But the Valley is only a small part of Yosemite. North of the Valley you have the High Sierra Camps off of Tioga Pass and to the South you have campgrounds, Glacier Point, Wawona and several private places to stay inside the park (The Redwoods and Yosemite West.) Yosemite Valley can become a nightmare in the summer, especially on the weekends. We spent one hour traveling five miles in the valley on a Saturday afternoon in late July. That's why I like to camp in the High Sierras--less traffic and the weather cools down at night (cold if you don't prepare.) White Wolf Lodge is the least known of the two tent cabin areas in the High Sierras (Tuolumne Meadows is the other camp.) White Wolf is approximately forty minutes from the valley (yes, Yosemite is that big) and forty minutes from Tuolumne Meadows (best day hike in the park is to Glen Aulen, see my other review.) White Wolf Lodge is almost half way between the gas station at Tuolumne Meadows and the gas station at Tamarack Flats.
White Wolf is quieter than the valley and the beds are more comfortable (but remember, this is a camp bed, not a Sealy Posturpedic.) They give you a wool blanket and a comforter (new comforters since my last visit) and I was able to stay warm, especially when we started a fire in the stove the second night (they'll give you more wood if you need it.) However, I was also wearing sweats and long sleeved t-shirt in bed and had a jacket or sweater at arms length for those midnight runs to the bathroom. It gets down in the 40's F at night in July so beware!
They've adjusted the showers so that they shut off every ten seconds so you have to keep hitting the knob to take a shower. It's a pain, but it's for a good reason; they use water from the natural aquifer and in order to make it last, they have to restrict the showers. You get a towel and washcloth and they have soap in the showers. We were able to get coffee around 7 am as well as breakfast if we had wanted it. If you want to eat on a budget, bring your cooler and food, but remember, you cannot cook at White Wolf Lodge. We bring cereal, muffins, sandwich makings, snacks, wine with twist tops, etc. Please see my previous review for more information on dinners and hikes.
You do have a light now in the cabin (that's new) along with the two candles. We also had a socket so I could do some recharging at night. But if you're a techie, there's no service on cell phones up there and limited service in the Valley (ATT worked at Curry Camp.) But do bring extra lights,flashlights, headlamps to read and get to and from the bathrooms. At night they turn the generator off and so it is pitch black in the bathrooms from 11 pm - 6 am.
Just remember, White Wolf is quieter, cleaner, more isolated, farther from most food sources (although you can get a pack lunch, breakfast and dinner for a hefty price) but incredibly beautiful and in my opinion, a better value than Camp Curry. Stay up in the High Sierras and hike some of the most beautiful paths in the world, get some relief from the traffic and heat.
Be sure to read my other review for more information. Enjoy White Wolf, it's a great day when you wake up in Yosemite!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- White Wolf Lodge offers 24 canvas-tent cabins and four traditional cabins with private baths. Guests gather morning and evening in the central dining room-a rustic wooden building with a porch that's perfect for relaxing and taking in the views. To keep the wildlife wild, guests are not permitted to cook inside or outside their cabin. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- White Wolf Hotel Yosemite National Park