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

Bedrooms 2
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights


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.

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Member since: 2005
Speaks: english, french, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 27, 2017

About The Owner

I am a nonprofit administrator (TechSoup Global) and my wife is a filmmaker, artist and writer. We live in SF and 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 and, once married and with spawn, 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.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(108 traveler reviews)

'Library in the Sky' - Cabin with National Forest Backyard
average rating of 4.9722223 based on 108 reviews

Beautiful cabin to stay at!!! Best time!!

  • 5 of 5

This cabin was amazing and so beautiful my daughter had such a great time and the best birthday! Me and the family couldn't believe how much it snowed over the weekend that we were there it was so beautiful. The cabin was perfect everything you needed was there I got there on a Thursday and left on a Sunday and I was without power for 2 days due to snow storm and falling trees in the area but we still had so much fun and a great time with all the games and snow the cabin had to offer. We made a sledding trail in the back of the cabin for the kids to sled down and have a good time. I am definitely going to rent this cabin again this summer. The owner Daniel was amazing and very reliable to get ahold of he was very helpful great person!! The cabin was very clean alot of useful resources it had NO FLAWS AT ALL we all loved it very much! The rooms were perfect only to rooms but plenty of space and many beds. Definitely would recommend!!!

  • Submitted: Jan 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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An amazing stay

  • 5 of 5

We went to stay in this cabin for three nights. Everyone in the family enjoyed the stay! Kids had a great time with the snow. The place is clean and comfy, and it allows pets! Definitely returning.

  • Submitted: Jan 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Comfortable cabin, gorgeous location, great owner

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in Daniel's cabin for just two nights, but wish we had made our reservations earlier so we could have stayed longer. Our family has been coming to this stretch of 108 since the 1970s and always love it. This cabin may have had the most beautiful views and best location yet. Usually we go all the way up to Strawberry, but being in Mi Wuk, but still tucked out of the way, this location has amazing access to all the outdoor reasons we come to this area, plus excellent access to amenities and probably easier entrance exit due to it being a slightly lower elevation. There were so many roads to hike around and not run into a single soul. Our dogs were in heaven, as were we.

The cabin itself is very comfortable as well. Daniel has made it easy to pop in and make it like home. He was very attentive and checked in to make sure we were able to find everything and to answer any questions. There were lots of activities to do indoors, if we'd stayed indoors much. We did a little bit of sledding up the road a bit. We spent a day skiing at Dodge Ridge. We took the dogs out for long walks to explore for miles and miles around the cabin. Our 3 kids (ages 6, 8, 12) had plenty of space and activities to keep busy, plus lots of new and older classic movies to pick from once the sun went down. The kitchen was well equipped and easy to use - we cook all our meals in. We didn't use the hot tub, but the view from it was amazing! We'd definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Jan 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Excellent Thankgiving Stay

  • 5 of 5

My family stayed at this lovely home for 4 nights over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. We had a great time hiking in the National Forest which is right in the back yard, cooking a full Thanksgiving meal in the well prepped kitchen and enjoying the abundance of books, games and puzzles. We had 3 kids, two dogs and my parents and not one person complained! We were all comfortable and entertained.

The owners were very easy to work with and made sure we had everything we needed during our stay.

  • Submitted: Nov 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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great cabin

  • 5 of 5

Great cabin on the edge of the forest! Enjoyed hikes, the hot tub, and the fireplace. Dogs loved it too!

  • Submitted: Nov 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Forest cabin

  • 5 of 5

Lovely homey cabin on the edge of the forest. Enjoyed the fireplace, the hot tub, and the hikes. The dogs were in heaven.

  • Submitted: Nov 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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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Mi-Wuk Village Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
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
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
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

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