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White Wolf Campground Yosemite

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White Wolf Campground in Yosemite is one of my favorite campsites. It’s high elevation of 8000 feet means it’s only open between July and early September. The opening and closing times vary depending on the weather.

The White Wolf campground is around 30 miles north of Yosemite Village. It has 74 tent sites. The cost per night is $14 with a maximum of six people allowed per site. The campground can accommodate RVs up to 27 feet in length and trailers up to 24 feet. White Wolf frequently offers ranger campfires for kids and families, as well as ranger walks to nearby Indian grinding rocks.

There are two main trails leading from White Wolf to nearby lakes. One trail leads East over 4 miles to Lukens in his late. Another trail is approximately 5 miles long leading to Harden lake. There is also a trail that goes to the Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne to the north which can reach in excess of 30 miles in length.

To get to White Wolf from Yosemite Village it’s about a 1 hour drive. To get there you turn on to big oak flat road and drive 9 miles until you reach the intersection of Tioga Pass Road which is also California Highway 120. Take Tioga Pass Road for approximately 14 miles and turn left onto the White Wolf campground access road. The campsite is 1 mile down.

The black bears have been very active at White Wolf in the past. I’ve sighted bears around camp numerous times. So if the thought of bears lurking around makes you squeamish, this may not be the place or you. With that said it is an exhilarating experience to be up close with wild bears.

Map of White Wolf Campground
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White Wolf Campground
Number of Campsites 74
Location: Off of Tioga Pass Road 1 hour to the North of Yosemite Valley
Elevation: 8000 ft.
Max People Per Site: 6
Facilities: Fire ring, picnic table, and bear locker
Bathrooms: Yes with flush toilets
Potable water: Yes
Dump station: No, nearest is at Tuolumne Meadows or Yosemite Valley
Grocery Store: Yes
Showers: No
Pets: Yes
Wheelchair Access: Call
Trailers and RV’s: RV’s up to 27 ft, trailers up to 24 ft
Open: Approx July through Early Sept (varies by weather)
Reservations: No
Cost: $14 a night

 

  • Take a hike to Lukens Lake – Trail is 4.6 miles round trip from White Wolf Lodge round trip. Trail difficulty 4/10. Time needed – 2-3 hours.
  • Take a hike to Harden Lake – Trail is approx 5.8 miles round trip and begins from White Wolf Lodge. Trail difficulty is moderate and is rated at 4/10. Time needed – 2-4 hours.

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Wawona Campground Yosemite

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The Wawona Campground in Yosemite is located at the southern end of the National Park. There are 93 Wawona campsites available. The campsites are spread out along the the South Fork of the Merced River. Many sites offer beautiful views and immediate access to the river. You can swim and fish from many of the campsites.

Each campsite contains a picnic table, their locker and fire ring. There are nearby bathrooms with flushing toilets, potable water, and a small grocery store close by. Showers can be found in Yosemite Valley. There is also a dump station located on Forest drive east of water during the summer. The Campground can accommodate RVs, or trailers up to 35 feet in length.

Wawona campgrounds is open all year, and they accept reservations online from around April through September. Campsites are on a first come first served basis from October through March. There are also horse site reservations available around April through September depending on the weather.

The cost of a Wawona campsites is $20 per night with a maximum of six people per site during the peak season. From October through April the campsite costs $14. Group campsites of 13 to 30 people are available for $40 per night. There are one group and two horse campsites available.

Overall, Wawona Campground is a beautiful spot with access to some great nearby hiking locations. The Mariposa Grove is an area of giant Sequoia trees which can be hiked to from Wawona on a 6 mile trail. Many of the trees are over 2000 years old and absolutely massive. There’s also a nearby hike to Chilnaulna falls which is a secret spot and not widely known.

The elevation of Wawona Campground is 4000 feet. You can make reservations by calling 877/444-6777. You can also get more information on the Yosemite National Park Service website located here.

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Wawona Campground
Campsites: 93 tent, 1 group, and 2 horse campsites
Location: 25 miles to the south-west of Yosemite Village
Elevation: 4,000 feet
Max People Per Site: 6
Facilities: Bathrooms with flush toilets, potable water, picnic table, bear locker, and fire pit
Dump station: Located in nearby Forest drive (summer only)
Grocery Store: Located in nearby Wawona
Showers: No
Pets: Allowed
Wheelchair Access: Yes (campsites #69, and 70)
Trailers and RV’s: Yes under 35 feet
Open: All Year
Reservations: Needed April-September. Oct-Mar first come
Cost: $20 a night April-October – $14 off season, group site $40
Phone: 877/444-6777

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