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

Mi-Wuk Village, CA, USA
  • Cabin
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps12
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay2 nights

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.

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Member Since 2005
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within a few hours
english, french, spanish
Calendar last updated:
Apr 16, 2018
About 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.

Owner purchased this Cabin in 1995

Why Owner chose Mi-Wuk Village

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.


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Fireplace
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Hot Tub
    • No Smoking


      • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
        • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1)


        • 2 Bathrooms

            Location Type

              • Mountain View
                The Stanislaus National Forest *is* the backyard. We are perched on a hillside above it.


                  • Clothes Dryer
                  • Parking Off Street
                  • Telephone
                  • Washing Machine
                  • Wireless Internet
                  • Wood Fireplace


                      • Cooking Utensils
                      • Dishwasher
                      • Kitchen
                      • Microwave
                      • Refrigerator


                          • CD Player
                          • DVD Player
                          • Foosball
                          • Music Library
                          • Ping Pong Table
                          • VCR
                          • Video Library
                            large library of kid friendly videos


                              • Balcony
                              • Deck / Patio
                                guests have complained about inability to leave the deck and carry out their previous plans...
                              • Outdoor Grill

                                Pool / Spa

                                  • Hot Tub
                                    in backyard,under stars; seats 4


                                      • cinemas
                                      • restaurants

                                        Leisure Activities

                                          • boating
                                          • horseback riding
                                          • miniature golf
                                          • shopping
                                          • sight seeing
                                          • sledding
                                          • wildlife viewing

                                            Sports & Adventure Activities

                                              • mountain biking
                                              • cross country skiing
                                              • fishing
                                              • golf
                                              • hiking
                                              • hunting
                                              • cycling
                                              • rafting
                                              • skiing
                                              • snowboarding
                                              • snowmobiling
                                              • swimming
                                              • tennis


                                                  • spinet piano

                                                    126 Reviews


                                                    Latest reviews

                                                    The property is a clean, cozy, semi-secluded cabin in the woods with a welcoming family's interior

                                                    Tim L.

                                                    Spent the weekend here hoping to go and enjoy some snow in the area but instead we got 70 degree weather in February and enjoyed ourselves at this great cabin. The screed Daniel sends is informative and welcoming. I never felt like I lacked in any supplies or things to do at his place. I recommend going through his books.

                                                    Also the hat with the bear on it. Highly recommend taking that hat before your friends/family claims it

                                                    Like staying with family,

                                                    Melanie E.

                                                    The “cabin” (really a spacious home) was lovely. Comfortable, inviting, and warm, like visiting a friend. The cabin was set up with all the things you need for a great getaway— plenty of space, a wealth of amenities, and easy access to the outdoors. The guide email had exactly the right amount of information, and we had an absolute blast. Especially when I somehow managed to beat my husband at foosball. Must have been the miracle of the cabin! The only downside was having to leave after just two nights— we wish we’d been able to stay at least a week. Loved hiking the back trails, enjoying fires in the cabin, and relaxing in the hot tub while enjoying the gorgeous views. Can’t wait for a return visit; but next time, we’ll plan a longer stay!

                                                    Charming cabin with spectacular views. Great for a quick weekend away with the dog and friends.

                                                    Hope P.Los Gatos, CA

                                                    We had a great time hiking and exploring in Mi-Wuk. Some of our favorite amenities at the cabin we're : ping pong, darts, hot tub, piano, and big table inside and outside for group dining. The wrap around deck was perfect for our dog also. Would recommend and return. Daniel was very helpful with information on the house and area, and was very mindful of making sure we got in okay our first night.

                                                    My wife had I had a very comfortable stay at the cabin

                                                    kevin l.

                                                    We very much appreciated the fact that the cabin had all the staples you could want and some extra treats, left over by previous renters. We loved the hot tub under the stars, and the deck was great. We took a hike to Lyon's Dam, which was perfect for us and our dog. Loved the Sugar Shack; it really is a great place to get treats. All in all, a very nice weekend stay

                                                    Lovely Get-away

                                                    Douglas S.Oakland, CA

                                                    This cabin was exactly as promised. Wonderful view, relatively secluded and all the amenities necessary for a perfect weekend. Our host contacted us after our arrival just to make sure that we got in ok. The instructions were so thorough that making a mistake would have required a serious effort. We had everything we needed, in fact more than needed. There were two types of BBQ grills (we chose charcoal over the propane) in addition to a full kitchen. The hot tub was loads of fun and we could not get enough of the ping pong and fuss ball table. We spent our main outing at Pinecrest Lake and hiked the lake trail. There were so many additional options that we will just have to return to partake. Many thanks for a wonderful weekend. - Doug Smith & family

                                                    Traditional cabin style, amazing views!

                                                    Ashley H.Bay Area, CA

                                                    Daniel's cabin was really great. It had just what we needed to prepare meals and relax. Plus, the fooseball table was a hit with the boys (and by boys I mean 30+ year old men). It was also great to find a cabin that was dog friendly so we could spend time with our aging German shepherd.

                                                    The view from the back deck of the cabin is what made it so great. It was my favorite part. There was a hummingbird feeder and so many cute little hummingbirds constantly circling the area. The neighbors aren't super close and there's no one behind the cabin, making it truly feel secluded. I spent every early morning on the deck enjoying coffee and the nature.

                                                    While the cabin was a bit off the beaten path, it was so worth it. It had everything we needed and I really hope to come back some day. Thank you so much Daniel and family for your hospitality!


                                                    Mi-Wuk Village, CA, USA


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