We were on our way traveling from Tioga Pass Resort and going to Yosemite Lodge at the Park on June 9, 2013 when we passed through White Wolf Lodge (WWL), to check out the place as a possible summer stay in the future. We were driving on highway 120, the Tioga Road, which had just been cleared of snow a month earlier.
We saw the sign for White Wolf from the highway, and drove on a paved two lane side road for mile, through a lovely meadow, leading to a white wooden structure with green trim, the White Wolf Lodge dining hall and check in. Beside it were four wooden cabins, and behind it were some 24 tent cabins.
The tent cabins are built on a concrete floor, with canvas sides and top. They have cots on spring frames for beds, with a table, rechargeable electric light lantern, towels, and clothes hangers to hang on the wooden support beams. No cots for me, as I had difficulty even sleeping on the lumpy, sagging mattresses at Tioga Pass Resort. Bring a warm sleeping bag.
A wood burning furnace with an exhaust pipe sticking out the rear of the tent is used to heat up the tent during the cold nights. I would bring extra sawdust logs and pine cones, as the furnace fires can easily burn out during the night, and can be difficult to restart.
The guide who greeted us said there is no electricity for the tent cabins, but I saw electric power outlets hanging from the entrances of a few tents. This can be used to recharge your DVD players or other electronics. Or you can be an adapter to connect the device to your car.
Behind each tent cabin is a 17" by 17" by 49" bear locker, which is lockable - to prevent fellow guests from stealing your food. Make sure your ice chest can fit upright in the bear locker. You park your car next to your tent, which makes for easy loading and unloading, but does subtract from the ambiance of the setting. Do not leave any food or substances with fragrances, or you risk having bears at night having a field day with your car, while foraging for food.
The 24 tents surround a bath house. The bath house contains separate facilities for men and women. The women have 4 toilets and 3 showers -no I didn't peek inside to count! The men have 3 toilets, 3 showers and 3 urinals, according to the guide. The showers require periodic pushing of the volume handle in order to keep them running. A combination lock is on the front of the bath house, to prevent people from next door White Wolf campground from using the bath house -they have their own facility. Power to the bath houses goes out at 11pm, so bring a flashlight for night travel between your tent and the loo.
Quiet time is 10 pm to 6 am, but if you get stuck near a tent with a loud snorer or crying baby, you are out of luck, unless you bring ear-plugs.
There are also 4 wooden cabins here, with all the comforts of home -electricity and a full bathroom in each cabin.
There is a general store here, where you can purchase ice bags for the cooler locked in the sweat box of a bear locker, snacks and cold drinks and beer.
WWL is very isolated. Tuolumne Meadows is 40 minutes away, Evergreen Lodge is 50 minutes away, and Yosemite Village is an hour away. There is literally no other place to eat other than in the White Wolf restaurant, which serves a breakfast buffet, packs lunches, and provides a set dinner special every night. If you don't like the food then you are out of luck, as there is nothing nearby. I bring plenty of carton juices, mixed nuts, fruit cups and other nonperishables to tide me over.
White Wolf Lodge (WWL) is much less well know than its cousin, Tuolumne Meadows Lodge (TML), as the latter is located in a region with such famous hikes as Cathedral Falls, Elizabeth Lake, Lembert Dome, Glen Aulen, Dog Lake, Mono Pass, and Gaylor Lakes. WWL has only Lukens Lake and May Lake nearby.
White wolf and Tuolumne cost $125 a night for a tent cabin. Tioga Pass Resort starts at $125, and has a roof over your head with electricity and a full bathroom. Curry Village is comparable in pricing, and has electricity, and is centrally located in the high demand Yosemite Valley. In that respect White Wolf is very overpriced, and a poor value.
- 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