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“Family fun and contrast”
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White Wolf Lodge
Perth, Australia
1 review
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“Family fun and contrast”
Reviewed 22 July 2014

Any trip to California should include Yosemite and it should include White Wolf lodge. It gets you away from the main crowds. It is fun and safe and friendly, and at the meal times you meet other lodgers, which heightens the experience. Some families stay for several days as it is a good centre for walking and the beautiful lakes in the upper part of the Eastern park entrance.

The food is great and the tent stoves provide real heat- when and if it is necessary. It also allows you to provide your own food and picnic provsions- subject to locking them in the bear safe overnight! The beds are very comfortbale.

Do it!

Jonathan

Perth - Western Australia

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Oakland, California
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Reviewed 13 July 2014

If you're expecting any luxury at all do not stay here. I see several reviews from unhappy people because for the price they were expecting something much less rustic. They're tent cabins, not luxurious Safari cabins. Running these camps is quite expensive and the costs are passed on. For me they're worth every penny.

White Wolf is out of the hubbub of Yosemite Valley and the much busier Tuolumne Meadows area. Being remote, there are few services and you're tied to eating in the dining room, which is not cheap. But, once again to me it's worth it. The food is universally good and occasionally excellent, and definitely plentiful.

The hum of the generator is an issue, but not for sleeping, as they turn it off an night. During the day I'm mostly off hiking anyway.

There really should be a little training about how load the wood burning stove and making it last the night. They give you just enough wood to do that, but I think many burn it up too fast and then it's cold in the morning. Usually I'm way more successful after the first night.

I'll say it again: White Wolf is rustic, if that's not your style there's always the Ahwahnee down in the valley.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
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Rohnert Park, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 July 2014

Enjoyed this high elevation location. Quiet. Friendly staff, beautiful meadow even in a drought year. Bathrooms need work, but generally clean. Everything you need is there, and don't count on phone service. A bit far from Yosemite Valley to make it a base camp as Tioga Rd is windy and people drive fast on the curves. Great hikes and peaceful. Too bad it will be closed 2015 for renovations. But we will return when it reopens.

Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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San Francisco, California
2 reviews
Reviewed 9 July 2014

Rustic but comfortable enough tent cabin for seasoned outdoor oriented traveler. Advise not to use wood burning stove to heat tent cabin - smoke will linger in the cabin for days, better to have few hours of morning chill vs smoky tent/clothes/etc. Bring food/cooler/water, small (very limited-think size of small closet) store kiosk. We ate dinner at Lodge 1st night which is pre-fix menu du jour not only very expensive for quality but something was not right (turkey spoilage/lettuce?) and we both had stomach problems for next 6 days during rest of visit to high country and Yosemite Valley. Other than that recommend a visit for day or two. Staff is great.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Altadena, CA
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Reviewed 8 July 2014

It's always a pleasure to stay in the High Sierra camps! The proximity of White Wolf to the upper Yosemite hiking trails and other High Sierra camps make it an ideal place to "land" for our first night to acclimate. We love the scenery and peace at the Lodge. The staff are always helpful and friendly, even when contending with phone outages and unreliable internet. Jason and Stephanie at White Wolf Lodge had answers for all our questions, and Donovan and Anna made our dinner experience the best. Thank you, White Wolf, for making access to the beauty of the Yosemite high country so easy!! We've been coming to the Lodge for over twenty years. As we get older, the hikes may sometimes feel a bit more difficult, and hiking the whole loop may be too ambitious, but the High Sierra camps guarantee that we always have options for making our outdoor enjoyment as simple and carefree as possible. We're grateful!!

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 28 June 2014

After booking our trip online, initial check-in was quick and simple and the staff was wonderfully friendly. We only stayed one night in White Wolf, but our stay was a joy! Great service, wonderful meals and accommodations, and nature just outside our tent cabin door, ready to be explored.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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New York, NY
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Reviewed 24 June 2014

Our family stayed in a heated tent cabin at White Wolf lodge in June. We had such a great trip. The staff were so friendly and welcoming, the food was delicious (I was surprised to see another review criticizing this as we had delicious breakfast and dinner every day and rarely had to wait long for an extra or second helping). We also took advantage of the brown bag lunches available which took a lot of stress out of the trip! The staff also made great recommendations for local day hikes with our 19 month old daughter, some of which started right at the camp site. I would say it is quite cold at night for the little ones unless regularly feeding the wood burner, but it was worth it to be out of the valley. The cabin was clean, comfortable and refreshed every day. Plenty of linens were provided as well as firewood for the burner and the staff were really attentive to our questions or requests. The bathrooms were in good shape - better than some campsites I have been too and I did not have to wait in line once for a bathroom or shower which is quite unusual!

We would definitely recommend this for families and we also met couples and solo travelers who seemed to be having a good time. Meals were served family-style so we got to chat to others in the evenings and hear about their experiences in the park too.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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Property: White Wolf Lodge
Address: Highway 120, White Wolf, Yosemite National Park, CA 95379
Region: United States > California > Yosemite National Park
Hotel Style:
Ranked #20 of 24 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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