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'Library in the Sky' - Cabin with National Forest Backyard

Bedrooms 2
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Cabin, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 8-12)

Please click on "Travelers' Reviews" button at the top of this page to see my guests' unedited comments on their stay.

Our remarkable Mi-Wuk Village "cabin" (as it's called, though it has 1600 square feet) is 15 miles east of Sonora on Highway 108 in the heart of the Western Sierra Nevada at 4400 foot elevation. Two large bedrooms, plus sprawling downstairs. Visitors complain they have trouble leaving the deck, since the cabin directly borders and dramatically overlooks the Stanislaus National Forest--our 'backyard'.

We've had hundreds of visitors over the past twenty years and six guest books full of their joys and discoveries. The house is very warm, friendly, well-equipped, quirkily aesthetic and clean, but please know that our family and guests use it extensively, so don't expect a pristine showplace home.

The cabin is equipped with outdoors hot tub,wireless broadband, fireplace, washer and dryer, DVD/VCR (basic TV reception!), full kitchen, piano, pingpong table, dartboard, foosball table, a jillion books, guidebooks galore, and lots of kids' and nature art. The house is technically on 2/3 acre but is actually on many thousands of acres since it is perched on a hill bordering and overlooking the national forest. There are unobtrusive neighbors on adjoining side lots but the backyard vista is completely natural... and accessible. There is a wonderful feeling of privacy and solitude. Deer, birds and even, once, a bear have been spotted in our yard!

A 90 minute hike (of some steepness) takes you to a gorgeous nook of the North Fork of the Tuolumne River. Many other mountain treats are available within short car ride. Dodge Ridge Ski Resort (and cross-country trails) and Leland Snowplay (sledding) are 13 and 16 miles respectively up the road, with other sledding closer still. The Sierra in summertime offers wonderful fishing, hiking, lake (or pool) swimming, river rafting, bicycling etc. Yosemite is a scenic 90 minute drive from the cabin. There are local tennis and golf facilities easily available too.

Keywords: Cabin

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Member since: 2005
Speaks: english, french, spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 20, 2017

About The Owner

I am help lead a nonprofit called TechSoup that I started in 1987. Global). My wife is a filmmaker, artist and writer. After 41 years on Potrero Hill, I moved to Lagunitas in 2016. We enjoy the cabin as often as we can. Our favorite activity is hiking the many trails and watching the dogs run free.

The Owner purchased this cabin in 1995

Why The Owner chose Dodge Ridge

In my younger days I backpacked extensively throughout the Sierra. After marriage and spawning, we started renting cabins. We did it so often, we decided it made more sense to try to own one, with the idea of creating our idea of a comfortable, homey and a little quirky place to escape to. We started renting to friends, asking them to take care of it as if it were their own. They did, and made it better, and the idea of creating a high value, share-able retreat where guests were trusted to be responsible, gathered steam.


Mi-Wuk Village Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • pets considered
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • cinemas
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
spinet piano


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(117 traveler reviews)

'Library in the Sky' - Cabin with National Forest Backyard
average rating of 4.9658117 based on 117 reviews

Great views and very close to Sonora and places to see, shop and eat.

  • 4 of 5

This cabin is as the owner describes it. A comfortable, rustic mountain cabin. It's not fancy but, it's clean and has lots of books, movies and games to entertain in case of inclement weather.

  • Submitted: May 28, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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A Sanctuary in the Woods

  • 5 of 5

Can't say enough good things about this wonderful 'library in the sky'. We had only arrived when a family of deer were spotted just below the deck...

From beginning to end Daniel was an amazing host. The boys loved the foosball and ping pong - enough to keep them off the ipads for a while! The cabin had everything we needed and more.

It's the perfect place if you want to unplug, recharge and enjoy a magnificent view.

Wish we could have stayed longer!

(Don't miss an early morning trip to the Sugar Shack)


  • Submitted: May 26, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great cabin, fabulous view and wonderful owner

  • 5 of 5

We visited in July of 2016 for 4 nights with 2 teenagers and 2 dogs. It was quiet, peaceful and just wonderful. So great to be able to have our pups with us. Daniel was wonderful - very communicative up front and during the stay - he called when we got there to make sure everything was ok and was just super about the whole experience. It felt like we were staying at a friend's house instead of renting a cabin. The deck was our favorite place to be - you feel like you are at the edge of the forest and there is no one else around. I highly recommend it for folks who want quiet and love nature - great for kids. It's very cozy and we instantly felt at home - it provided for a very relaxing vacation. We will definitely be back!

  • Submitted: May 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Extraordinary and memorable experience

  • 5 of 5

This was a memorable experience for me and my family. My family was visiting the United States and I wanted them to experience something other than just visiting national parks. This property is hidden away perfectly with a national forest in the backyard. Small hikes in the backyard, hot tubs, home cooked food, rustic fireplace and top it of Daniel's hospitality - I haven't seen another host take so much personal care to ensure the guests were comfortable and have everything they needed.

All in all, an Extraordinary & memorable experience

  • Submitted: May 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect weekend in a perfect home

  • 5 of 5

Amazing hiking. Amazing deck. Dark sky, meteors galore. Fully stocked kitchen, fully fueled grill. Board games, lake hikes, a secret treasure map left for us by visitors from a few weeks before. That mountain skyline, that National Forest, that American splendor. Soaking in a hot tub with the stars above as the night dragged on. Good friends, good food, good conversation. Unforgettable.

  • Submitted: Apr 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect place to cozy up

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at the Library in the Sky. Daniel was awesome to work with from the very beginning. I had mentioned I was looking forward to using the piano and he called me right away to ask if I needed it tuned before our stay (he was planning to tune it a month or two after our stay). So thoughtful!

The directions were very detailed and easy to follow and we had everything up and running right away. Daniel checked in a couple of times during our stay and we felt really looked after.

The cabin was perfect for cozying up with the kids. There was lots to do nearby and plenty to keep us all entertained in the house (movie night!). A great getaway!

  • Submitted: Apr 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Point of Interest
Nearest Point of Interest
Nearest Point of Interest
National Forest


Rates & Availability

Mi-Wuk Village Cabin Rental Rates

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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $8 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning $100

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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