We enjoyed the communal dining experience at this lodge, especially for dinner. The napkins had a map of all the trails in the area, which was a handy reference when talking to fellow hikers. We met some great people, many of whom had been coming to Tuolumne Meadows lodge for years and years. The food was good - not particularly special, but satisfying after a long day in the high country. Be sure to make reservations! It opens at 7AM for breakfast but be warned: breakfast takes at least 1 hour so if you have hopes of hitting the trails before 8AM, your best bet is to buy some packaged muffins or something at the Tuolumne Meadows store before it closes the night before and store it in the bear box. You can eat in the lobby of the Lodge when it opens at 7AM - they build a fire and put out free coffee, so it was nice and toasty in there. That's what we did when we hiked Cloud's Rest - we were on the trail by 7:45AM!
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