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White Wolf Lodge
Reviewed 4 August 2011

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!

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 10 June 2011

Great location for those who want to hike in Northern Yosemite and get away from the hustle and bustle of Yosemite Valley. These cabins are very rustic but have charm, heat and private bathrooms. Prices are reasonable and food served family style is nothing fancy but adequate and filling. After long days of hiking, I especially enjoyed sitting on the porch, drinking a glass of wine and breathing in the forest. Only drawback is cleanliness. Upon checkin I found leaves, pebbles and twigs in between the sheets on the bed! And the bathroom could have used a good scrubbing.

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled solo
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3  Thank OutdoorRandy
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Reviewed 10 October 2010

Just a short drive from Tenaya Lake and Tuolumne Meadows, the tent cabins at White Wolf lodge are a comfortable and serene base for exploring the high country of Yosemite National Park. Meals at the lodge, although a bit pricey, were quite good. Dinners, served family style at long tables, were great fun with opportunities to socialize with travelers from other countries. The staff was helpful and very friendly.

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 14 September 2010

If you plan on staying at White Wolf Lodge in Yosemite, Ca., be prepared top bring additional supplies. Half of the wood provided for the wood burning stove was too big and didn't fit. We froze at night until I walked around at 2am in the dark in 28 degrees to find wood around camp that would fit in the stove to keep us warm...a horrible experience. Only half the firestarter they said they would provide was there. Our bear locker had trash in it when we arrived. The food we paid premium price for was unedible, and at room temperature. This is saying a lot because I eat anything. The refried beans were a clump resembling mashed potatoes, soup cool, spanish rice was dry hard crunchy white rice, enchiladas were dry hard flour tortillas with a green sauce. The cheese on top, right out of the bag, not even melted. The plates for the breakfast buffet were ice cold...and your food was in 30 only seconds.The staff aparently were having a bad day and behaved so. We got 1/4 of a candle and half of another. Should be 2 whole. Stay away from this vacation spot or you will regret it terribly.

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled with family
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4  Thank teresa513
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Reviewed 26 August 2010

If you are like me, and you can't handle the noise and chaos of Yosemite Valley in the summer, but you love Yosemite, White Wolf may be a good place for you. The lodge is somewhat secluded--there are about 25 (?) tent cabins all facing in a circle, with a few actual cabins. Across the road is the campground, which looked like a great campground--not too hectic.
Tent cabin is comfortable, but if you are visiting, do BRING A LANTERN, as there is no electricity. You should also have a flashlight on hand because the generator shuts off at 11pm and there isn't light, even in the bathroom.
If you get a chance, eat at the Lodge restaurant--it's a tiny dining room in the old white house and the menu is set each night with a different theme. On the night we ate there, the theme was "Mexican Feast" and they were very accomodating with our vegetarian/vegan requests. The chef made us quinoa enchiladas (delicious!).
A good short hike is the trail to Luken's Lake, especially if you have little ones. My kids loved hanging out at the beach of Tenaya Lake. Bring a picnic--very relaxing and so beautiful!. Remember, too, that this is high elevation and your body might need time to adjust for a day or two before you head out on a harder trail.
Last point: We booked this tent cabin two days in advance at the height of summer--Good to know there's a place to visit in Yosemite without having to make reservations 6 months in advance.

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 15 October 2009

After reading reviews, I was worried about the accommodations we would find at white Wolf. We were pleasantly surprised! Yes, canvas tent cabins are rustic, but they were clean and had better bedding than expected which included wool blankets and comforters. Community shower rooms were clean. We appreciated that this was like deluxe camping, but we did not have to drag all our gear on an airplane. Lodge staff was incredibly friendly. Lodge Dining Room served hearty, tasty, satisfying meals. Easy, beautiful hiking trails leave from the lodge area.

If you are a city slicker who won't go to the park because the park bench might be dirty, then staying anywhere in Yosemite's high country is not for you. If you appreciate the outdoors and understand that affordable resort or city-like accommodations in remote areas which are closed for more than half the year do not exist, you will be happy here. If we lived within driving distance, we'd be here every summer without a doubt.

  • Stayed: July 2008, travelled with family
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3  Thank FunMomOne
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Reviewed 12 July 2009

The name, White Wolf Lodge, may be a little misleading. This is not a resort, but it is for friends and family who like the idea of camping without schlepping the tent and most of your gear up to Yosemite. You get a tent with a concrete floor, a wood stove (with wood), candles, beds with linens, card table and chairs, blankets, towels and a bear locker. Nearby are communal showers for just the tent cabin occupants (not the campers in the campground next door.) Around the park are meadows and hiking trails, a campground and amphitheater where we went to see a talk by wild fire firefighters and Ranger Carol. (Adults and Kids both enjoyed it.) Lots of stars to see, bear nearby and walking through the grounds when you're asleep (so put your toiletries and food in the bear lockers) as well as deer in the meadows.

Why I went back to White Wolf? In summer, the best area to camp or stay is up on Tioga Pass (120) at White Wolf or Tuolumne Meadows Campgrounds because you get away from the horrible crowds in Yosemite Valley and it is much cooler (the Valley was 90 degrees, White Wolf was in the 70's.) It does get cool at night so make sure you bring a jacket and WARM pajamas to sleep in (I was a little cold the first night.) I like the fact that I don't have to pack a lot of camping gear to go up to Yosemite when I stay at White Wolf, but you do need extra lighting and a flashlight to go to the bathroom at night. We did start a fire each night to warm the tent cabin and actually got too hot one night (for an hour until it cooled down.)

Food: We brought coolers and food for breakfast and sandwiches for lunch. But, you cannot cook, so you have to wait for the restaurant to open at 7:30 am for coffee. We fixed breakfast and lunch but ate dinner out each night after long days of camping.

The Lodge has an expensive restaurant which we ate at the first night. Food was good and served family style, but it was $25 for a three course meal. Probably only worth eating there if you just don't want the hassle of going 25 minutes to Tuolumne Grill (closes at 5 pm) or forty minutes to Yosemite Valley to eat at Yosemite Lodge Cafeteria (good value), Camp Curry or the Ahwahnee. We ate after our hikes and then drove back to White Wolf Lodge.

You're close (25 minute drive) to the best hike in all of Yosemite, the hike from Tuolumne Meadows to Glen Aulen. If you do the hike, it is GORGEOUS! Very easy hike if you turn around after eating lunch on the white cascades just after the foot bridge. However, if you continue another forty minutes to Glen Aulen, you are awarded with a gorgeous view of Glen Aulen Falls. Unfortunately, it's straight down from the cascades meaning it's straight up until it flattens out again just past the path down to the cascades. If you decided to go to Glen Aulen (highly suggested if you have the stamina) then make sure you start early, it's a six mile hike (three miles each way.) You can eat at the Tuolumne Meadows Grill if you get back before five pm.

There are some mosquitoes up there but not as many as in the Valley. I love White Wolf Lodge even though our neighbors were a little noisy (take ear plugs just in case you get noisy neighbors.) For the most part, it is a quiet campground. The staff was very helpful whenever we had a problem.

Take some games, some lights and coolers full of drinks and have fun!

  • Stayed: July 2009, travelled with friends
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3  Thank KBrogan
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Address: Highway 120, White Wolf, Yosemite National Park, CA 95379
Region: United States > California > Yosemite National Park
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Ranked #20 of 23 Speciality Lodging in Yosemite National Park
Number of rooms: 28
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 
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