We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Absolute Heaven!”
Review of White Wolf Lodge

We can't find prices for this accommodation
Our online travel partners don't provide prices for this accommodation, but we can search other options in Yosemite National Park
Check In dd/mm/yyyy Check Out dd/mm/yyyy
White Wolf Lodge
Honolulu, HI
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Absolute Heaven!”
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
    • Value
    • Location
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
3 Thank FunMomOne
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a Review

70 reviews from our community

Traveller rating
    25
    22
    13
    5
    5
See reviews for
25
24
3
Business
0
Rating summary
  • Location
  • Sleep Quality
  • Rooms
  • Service
  • Value
  • Cleanliness
Traveller tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (13)
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
Bonita, CA
Level Contributor
79 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 289 helpful votes
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
    • Value
    • Location
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
3 Thank KBrogan
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Pleasanton, CA
Level Contributor
37 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 September 2008

People, you need to realize that this is camping. I knew this, and therefore was not disappointed. You pay $100 a night for a "tent cabin," which is a concrete platform with a framed canvas structure around it. There's plenty of room for two people, but beds for four. There are no cooking facilities at all. The restaurant serves all you can eat breakfasts and dinners. The dinners were okay, but not gourmet in my opinion. It is fun to sit at the communal tables and meet other people and talk about where you went hiking that day, or get recommendations about where to go the next. When we were there everyone was very respectful about keeping noise levels down, and there were no screaming children, which was great. They give you a large bear box for your food (again- you cannot cook it - bring cold picnic supplies) and I do recommend bringing a lock - other tripadvisors have apparently had problems with humans stealing their food!

Stayed September 2008
Helpful?
3 Thank MarleenLee
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Amsterdam
Level Contributor
8 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 August 2008

In general not clean, not very comfortable. However the beds in the tent ware clean, good and warm - you need that in the cold nights up there! All very basic.
Be prepared to sleep in a tent and to be lost for a couple of minutes when you had been to the restroom at night.

Fun to see bear scratches in the tree beside the door of the tent.
The family style dinners were OK. Simple, tasty. Don´t forget to reserve!

We enjoyed two nights. And realy noticed the difference after the two nights in the lodge below in the valley.

  • Liked — Simplicity
  • Disliked — No luxury
  • Stayed July 2008, travelled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Check-in / front desk
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
1 Thank Leest
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Orono, Maine
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 July 2008

White Wolf Lodge is in a lovely setting in Yosemite: lots of trees, beautiful stars, and wildlife. Among the possible wildlife: bears. So, it is mandatory that you use the bear box provided with your tent cabin (you are even required to sign a statement upon registration that you will do so). You can't leave food in your car because the bears will get it (we were told by the registration staff that two days before some visitors had a bear rip a door off a car to get at food). The box is roomy. That's not the problem. The problem is that your box will not lock. We were robbed of the contents of our bear box by the human (not bear) kind of visitor. We would stay at White Wolf again but bring our own lock and use it whether or not the Lodge staff allowed it or thought it was necessary.

  • Liked — The stars
  • Stayed July 2008, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Check-in / front desk
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
3 Thank Orono_MaineHavingfun
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Louisville, KY
Level Contributor
17 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 January 2008

We decided to splurge and spend a night in one of the tents at the White Wolf Lodge after spending some time backpacking and car camping around Yosemite. However I wish I would have saved my money. For $70, we got a canvas tent with a concrete floor, three metal twin beds with a flimsy mattresses and dirty blankets, a card table and folding chair with a candle and matches for light.
The nicest part of the "cabin" was a woodburning stove. However you only got one box of wood included with your night's stay and since it was snowing that day (even in June!) we woke up in the morning very cold and without wood.
The tents are gathered closely together with the restroom in the center. Despite having a large tent, there isn't much privacy and you can hear everything that happens in the tents near you. During the night our neighbor must have been having bad dreams because we heard him talking and yelling in his sleep all night.
The grounds also turn very muddy when it rains.
Their is a restuarant on site but it was very pricey and we didn't go there. We made our own food but you must be very careful as in all of Yosemite to take bear precautions. The man who checked us in told us that there had been a bear hanging around the trash bin recently and to be on the lookout.
Overall, this was a negative experience and as a previous reviewer commented, this is not a lodge and I don't know how they can call it a lodge. I would definitely recommend for Yosemite visitor to either rough it more and camp and save $50/night, or splurge a little and get a hotel room from one of the many accomodations within the park.

  • Stayed June 2007, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Check-in / front desk
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
3 Thank roamingwildly
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Madison, NJ
Level Contributor
14 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 August 2007

My family of four (two teenage boys) stayed in the White Wolf Lodge tent cabins. We are accustomed to camping so it was fine. The Tent had four twin size beds (alittle saggy) with decent sheets and warm bedding for when it cooled off at night. There was also a table , four chairs, cement floor, individual rugs for each bed, so when you stepped out of bed you stepped onto the rug not the cement floor. Flash lights are needed if you are arriving late ot to go to the centrally located bathroom/showers. (It is really dark! ) The electricity in the bathrooms goes off at 11pm. There was a bench in front of the tent where my son and I watched the stars in the middle of the night.
There is a pot bellied stove with clean burning fuel and directions for lighting it. Since we only stayed one night and it seemed warm enough when we went to bed we didn't bother to light it. Also provided is a water pitcher, cups, and a towel for each person.
Reservations are required for dinner in the Lodge. Served family style , I liked it very much. Price fixed dinner, they offer beer and wine too. No reservations required for lunch or the hot buffet breakfast,

  • Liked — The location, which was far from the crowded Yosemite Valley
  • Disliked — The beds were a little too saggy
  • Stayed August 2007, travelled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Check-in / front desk
    • Rooms
    • Service
Helpful?
3 Thank Scoutmom9
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Hotels you might also like...
Also consider these accommodations in or near Yosemite National Park
19.9 mi away
Cedar Lodge
Cedar Lodge
#2 of 2 in El Portal
2,006 reviews
18.6 mi away
Rush Creek Lodge
Rush Creek Lodge
#3 of 7 in Groveland
378 reviews
18.0 mi away
Evergreen Lodge at Yosemite
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
23.3 mi away
White Chief Mountain Lodge
15.1 mi away
Yosemite View Lodge
Yosemite View Lodge
#1 of 2 in El Portal
3,781 reviews
23.7 mi away
Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Been to White Wolf Lodge? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about White Wolf Lodge

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 
Also Known As:
White Wolf Hotel Yosemite National Park

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing