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White Wolf Campground, about an hour from Yosemite Valley and a half hour from Tuolumne Meadows offers excellent hiking opportunities into Yosemite's wilderness. An easy day hike to Lukens Lake, a small alpine lake surrounded by a meadow, is about 4.6 miles roundtrip and is one hike that many who camp here make part of their trip. The hike will take about 2 to 3 hours and can be a bit muddy until early August. The National Park Service asks for you to please stay on designated trails.
Other popular hikes include Ten Lakes and May Lake.
Overnight backpacking into Yosemite's wilderness requires a Wilderness Permit.
White Wolf is at an elevation of 7900 feet.
White Wolf Campground has 74 campsites on a first come first served basis. This campground fills quickly during the summer months and is open from Late June or Early July to early September (weather dependant). The campground is located just a few steps from White Wolf Lodge which has a restaurant and a small store, and I mean small. A convenience store is about 30 minutes west at Crane Flat, or east at Tuolumne Meadows.
The campground can hadle RV's up to 27 feet in length and trailers up to 24 feet. Dump Stations are located at Upper Pines Campground in Yosemite Valley (one hour away) or in Tuolumne Meadows (30 minutes away)
Flush toilets and drinking water are available in the campground.
Evening Ranger programs are available.
Cost per night is $10 per person per night.
The rough granite landscape and high elevation makes for some really nice stargazing, especially at Lukens Lake.
Each campsite includes a fire pit, a table and a bear proof food locker [33"(D)x45"(W)x18"(H)]. Storing all of your food items, toiletries and coolers is required for the protection of the bears in the area. DO NOT LEAVE FOOD IN YOUR CAR OR RV. Please dispose of all trash immediatly in the bear proof trash cans located around the campground. Restrooms are vault type and are located throughout the campground.
Showers are in Yosemite Valley at Half Dome Village or Housekeeping Camp. See details below.
Pets are permitted in the campground, but must be on a leash and cannot go on the trails.
Yosemite Valley Information
About an hour away, Yosemite Village boasts several restaurants.
Degnan's Cafe - features smoothies, coffee, baked goods and an internet kiosk. The cafe is usually open from April to September.
Degnan's Deli - sells deli sandwiches, salads, vegetarian and gourmet food, snacks, lattes and other beverages. The deli is open daily from 7am to 5pm.
Degnan's Loft - This Yosemite Village restaurant features pizza, salads, soups and appetizers - all served in this family-style loft restaurant located above Degnan's Deli. Wine and beer are also available. Open Spring to Fall. Open 5 to 9 pm Mon-Fri and
Village Grill - serves an excellent variety of grilled items, such as cheeseburgers, grilled chicken, veggie and salmon burgers. Don't pass on one of the Milkshakes. Open 11 am to 5 pm daily.
The country store at Yosemite Village is well stocked with groceries and has an excellent gift shop.
As with all of the campgrounds in Yosemite Valley, space is cramped and campsites are very close to each other.
Camp 4 is at an elevation of 4000', and is located near many of the features that make Yosemite Famous including Half Dome, El Capitan, Mirror Lake , Yosemite Falls , the Mist Trail , Nevada and Vernal Falls.
Half Dome Village (click for a fantastic map from the National park Service), a bit farther east, offers several restaurants including a Pizza Deck (some of the best Pizza I have ever had and should be a stop on everyone's trip to Yosemite), Ice cream shop/ coffee bar, A Taqueria, a Dining Pavilion (Buffet style), A small bar that serves an excellent local draft selection located next to the Pizza Deck. Also at Half Dome Village is a mountaineering shop and mountaineering school, a store and gift shop, an amphiteather, a public pool, showers and a Lounge that has open WIFI access.
Raft and Bicycle rentals are next to Half Dome Village at the Half Dome Village Recreation Center get off at Shuttle Stop 13a.
Road conditions can change at any time. Please check road and weather before arriving at (209)372-0200 for conditions inside Yosemite, and 1-800-427-ROAD for conditions outside the park. Highway 120 over Tioga Pass from Lee Vining and the Glacier Point Road are closed seasonally.
Entrance Fee to the park is $20 per private vehicle.
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