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“Sufficient toilets, dining hall only game in town, bring extra fire starters, each tent with own bear locker”
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White Wolf Lodge
Reviewed 20 June 2013

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.

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  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 January 2013

White Wolf is one of my favorite places to stay in Yosemite. It has the traditional tent cabins like Curry Village and Tuolumne Meadows but lacks the crowds. Tents have wood-burning stoves to keep warm at this higher elevation. In addition you can park your car next to your tent. There are a few good hikes starting at White Wolf and many just a short drive away. They serve dinner and breakfast there as well.

Quiet, comfortable out-of-the-way place. I love it!

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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3  Thank Traveler-396
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Reviewed 7 August 2012

After finding that pretty much everything is booked in Yosemite in July, we were able to score two nights at the tent cabins at White Wolf. The cabins were really cute and we enjoyed using the wood burning stove every night to keep warm. We were also provided with candles, firestarter, newspaper, kindling and matches. The only thing I'd warn someone about is that since the cabins are close together, you can hear your neighbors. There was a VERY loud snorer staying a few cabins down and it woke us up both nights. Bring earplugs and you'll be fine.

We went to the restaurant for breakfast and dinner and enjoyed both. They do a great job providing excellent food all off the grid. In other national parks it would be far more expensive for this quality of meal.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank Scooter149
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Reviewed 9 July 2012

We stayed here one night and we are glad we did. We got one of the few cabins with a bathroom. Nice cabin, sufficient room. We had a nice trout dinner on the patio of the restaurant (family style).

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 18 June 2012

We visited in the second week of June 2012.
The weather was very favorable. However, the place attracts a lot of bears at night so food has to be kept outside. At night however it became very cold once the fire died down and became uncomfortable. My recommendation would be to travel with a good sleeping bag or warm inners.

While the place is amazing and has a wonderful location, the value for $100+ is average. I would expect slightly better than this. However, given limited choices to stay in Yosemite, this is a good camp.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Pr4S
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Reviewed 17 September 2011

This was our second trip to Yosemite, but the first time staying inside the park. We spent some time at Housekeeping Camp (terrible), and the remaining time at White Wolf. The first impression of White Wolf Lodge is the quiet setting; you leave Highway 120 and drive a short distance to White Wolf. The tents are well arranged, with places for your auto. Each tent has a wood stove. Our first night, we let the fire just burn out. Wow was that cold. The second night, whoever would wake up to go to the toilet would put another log in. Big difference!! The food at White Wolf Lodge was excellent, and the service by the staff was even better. Close to dawn, coyote would wake you. Finally, there are two hikes that start from the campgrounds, so choices are close at hand. Other than spending several days hiking and camping in the back country (which we did), it is hard to think of a better place to stay.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled with friends
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6  Thank calliemae
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Reviewed 6 September 2011

We spent two nights at White Wolf (with my husband and another couple). I love this place!

White Wolf "Lodge" is a summer-only enclave of canvas tents located a mile or two off of Tioga Pass (Highway 120) in the high country of Yosemite. The cement-floor tents are equipped with four beds (or one double and two singles), with sheets, wool blankets and comforters, towels, a table, 4 simple chairs and a wood burning stove to ward off the chilly nights. There is no electricity in the tents, but you're provided with two candles, plus the wood for the stove.

There is a small dining room that serves excellent dinners and breakfasts. Dinner one of the nights was perfectly prepared grilled salmon with pineapple/mint salsa, asparagus, rice, red pepper/lentil soup, salad and carrot cake all for about $23.00. Breakfast buffets ($11.00) were hearty and good, with eggs, bacon, sausage, muffins and fresh fruit. The communal bathroom was always clean - it is accessible only to Lodge guests by entering a code in the door lock. The water turns off after about 10 seconds (for conservation purposes) but you can deal with it.

The Lodge is an ideal location for day-hikes in the high country, allowing you to come back to a comfortable camp at night. Since the generator turns off the electricity in the bathroom at 11:00 p.m., you must bring a flashlight if you have to get up in the middle of the night. But even that was a treat - since there is no electricity for miles, the night sky is a deep black, making the stars and the Milky Way absolutely spectacular! Another treat was being awoken at 5:00 a.m. by the howling of coyotes that seemed to be very close to the camp. The staff told us that the howling is a regular occurrence.

Some tips: you can bring food/wine, but you must put everything (and your toiletries) in the bear lockers provided. The little store sells ice, so you can bring a small cooler. No cooking is allowed. Bring flashlights, and battery-powered lanterns for your tent. Bring some extra fire-starter for the stove (we went through the starters provided pretty quickly). Bring some outdoor chairs if you want to sit outside more comfortably than in the folding chairs provided with the tent.

I've already made reservations for next year - what a gem of a place.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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15  Thank oneyearoff
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Additional Information about White Wolf Lodge

Address: Highway 120, White Wolf, Yosemite National Park, CA 95379
Region: United States > California > Yosemite National Park
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Ranked #18 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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White Wolf Hotel Yosemite National Park

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