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White Wolf Lodge
Reviewed 18 September 2013

This is an area of canvas tents each set on its own concrete slab. Our tent had a double cot, and 2 twin cots. You can stand up inside, is rather roomy,and it contained a square table, chairs and a wood burning stove which I was surprised we actually needed at the end of August (firewood is provided). Get there before dark as it a bit difficult to find your tent in the dark (which we unfortunately had to do). You can park right beside the tent. It is a great overnight spot having come from Death Valley that morning and gets you far enough into the park to set out for the Valley the next day (I debated between Wolf lodge and Tuolumne meadows lodge and was glad that I went the extra miles to get to the Wolf lodge as we were short on time). The bathrooms were a short walk away and were clean enough. Don't forget flip flops for the shower and a head flashlight was handy for late night bathroom walks. Nearby, there is a nice trail to Luken lake through the woods. The breakfast buffet was good at the small lodge.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 15 July 2013

It was an amazing experience! People there are so kind and helpful!
Is a camping area, so of course is not as comfortable as a hotel, but we had a really great time.
At night is really cold, so don't forget to bring an extra blanket or a comfortable coat.
All the common areas are clean and have everything you need.
I highly recommend if you are looking for a different experience close to the nature.

Room Tip: Try to get a tent far from the restrooms.
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  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank HelenaZollinger
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Reviewed 9 July 2013

We were fortunate enough to get one of the 4 cabins that have private bath and electricity. The cabin is small, the front desk/restaurant is just a house. The overall atmosphere here is very different from the valley down below. It's less crowded here, almost less touristy here. Several families we met here are all Californians.
What distinguished this place is the restaurant. It's amazing how such a tiny kitchen in 8000ft elevation could have such tasty food. And the family style dining is just perfect for such a setting.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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2  Thank Aurora09
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Reviewed 24 June 2013

Heated tent camps with wood burning stoves. The good news: the stove creates a good amount of heat, until you have to get up at 2 a.m. to restart it. The bad news: everyone is burning just like you, so you get to breathe in black smoke all night. The bath house is not heated, and you can't run the water for more than 5 secs.....so picture it........a splash of hot water in a freezing cold bath house. All for $130/night. Oh, and by the way, if you're sleeping with your loved one, think of a taco......you sink toward the middle. Horrible. No thank you. Will not be back.

Room Tip: For $130, all you get is the privilege of staying in the park. If you like ice cold showers and ten...
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  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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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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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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