If you want to stay in Yosemite but away from the valley - this is a hidden gem of a location.
We stayed for 2 nights in mid-July.
The tent cabins are just like Curry Village but the overall feel of White Wolf is more like you're staying with friends.. The UPSIDE? The staff were super friendly and helpful. We arrived 8:30pm (unfortunately too late for dinner) and found the "registration desk" which is a little closet on the side of the Lodge. The guy who checked us in came to our cabin to show us the best technique for starting a fire and keeping it going through the night. Another guy walked us out to the meadow for the best view of the Milky Way.
The surrounding area is amazing. The wildflowers and butterflies made the hike to Lukens Lake a series of little ooh and aah moments. When we arrived at the lake there were 6 other people there - nothing like the crowds in the valley.
The DOWNSIDE? Two things combined to make a rough first night. The tent on one side had a group that was having a lot of fun playing games and laughing. Unfortunately, past the 10pm quiet hours. When it was still going on at midnight I went over to ask them to keep it down and was dismayed to see it was the staff!
Then, in the wee hours of the morning a talking carbon monoxide detector went off. Every. Two. Minutes. For hours. We couldn't tell which tent is was coming from and didn't want to go knocking on everyone's door. So we put in ear plugs and buried our heads under the pillow. We could STILL hear it.
When found out it happens a lot and they usually just take out the batteries. And the one that went off was in an empty tent. Argh!
Dinner at the Lodge is served family style and was a nice way to compare notes and share tips with other guests. It's a good thing we had some friendly conversation but even that was strained as our wait for dinner stretched into 2 hours. There are only 6 tables in the Lodge so it was hard to understand how the wait could be so long. Dinner was Tortilla Soup, salad and chicken fajitas with onions and peppers, black beans and rice. Each table received enormous platters of each which seemed wasteful since after filling up chips and alcohol for 2 hours no one was very hungry. The chicken was so spicy half of it went untouched.
The location is great for convenient access to secluded hikes. The Lodge itself could use some ... refinement.
- 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