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

100 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Mi-Wuk Village Cabin Rental Photos and Description

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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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Member since: 2005
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Speaks: english

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.


based on 100 traveler reviews

'Library in the Sky' - Cabin with National Forest Backyard
average rating of 4.97 based on 100 reviews

relaxing weekend getaway and caring host

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time spending the labor day weekend at this cabin. The star gazing from the hot tub was definitely the favorite part of the trip. The lovely backyard with the breathtaking views of the forest and humming birds frequenting the feeder was awesome. The kitchen and the refrigerator was stocked pretty well.

The drive from the bay area is not too long even with holiday traffic.

Daniel was very responsive, caring and easy to reach.

  • Submitted: Sep 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Property with Equally Great Hosts!

  • 5 of 5

This was my first experience with renting a VRBO property, and it was fantastic. Daniel was response and kind with all inquiries, making the initial transaction easy and painless. The property itself was beautiful, with a breathtaking view of forest and hills beyond. The kitchen was well stocked and even had items labeled with purchase dates from previous guests. From this location, we were able to easily explore the local fishing spots and trailheads, as well as hit a movie on a whim in Sonora. I would highly recommend this property!

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cozy quiet cabin!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time and enjoyed our stay here. Plenty of sleeping options, an amazing deck for eating meals with a gorgeous mountain view, and lots of fun activities to do inside the cabin. Location was great, lots of hiking and lakes near by. The owner was very responsive and kind, gave us lots of information about the area, and even had his piano tuned just for our trip as my son loves to play. We also got to bring our dogs too! We would definitely stay here again and would reccommend the cabin to anyone looking to stay in the area.

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful relaxing weekend

  • 5 of 5

This was a fantastic getaway for a long weekend! We hiked, swam, caught trout, grilled on the porch, stargazed from the hot tub, and generally enjoyed the peace and quiet. The house was really well stocked and comfortable -- felt immediately like a home away from home. There's a great supply of books, games, and cooking supplies. I could have spent all day just sitting on the porch reading, eating, and enjoying the incredible view! Daniel is a wonderful host -- very responsive and provides detailed information about area activities and fishing holes. We'll be back!!

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Low key getaway ...

  • 5 of 5

This was exactly what we were looking for. If I had grandparents that had a cabin I grew up going to, this is exactly what it would be like. Cute red A frame, tucked away from the hub bub, with an endless view of trees, hills, animals passing through and lots to explore just below the house itself.

We stayed 3 nights and only left once for pizza when the kids got tired of my cooking. The kitchen, btw, is fully equipped and the knives are sharp! Really, if you bring ample groceries, there is no reason to leave. But don't forget dogfood, the choices at the MiWuk market were sparse.

The hot tub is perfectly situated below the back of the house, cleverly blocked from the neighbors view, overlooking the forest below. And we had the pleasure of meeting the resident frog!

The master bedroom has one of the most comfortable beds I've slept in in ages. Or maybe it's that the stress just melted away and I slept like a baby. Either way, waking up to birds chirping and the wind through the canyon was therapeutic magic.

The expansive deck and the book selection kept us busy in the dappled shade while sipping coffee in the morning and cocktails at night. I really don't know what getting away means to others sometimes because this cabin was most certainly our getaway.

We will definitely be coming back!

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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so-so cabin in nice location

  • 3 of 5

Place has the feel of a cabin handed down through generations, complete with mismatched furniture from the 80's and VHS tapes.

Oven wasn't clean enough to use. We cleaned out a mess of bugs in the upstairs bathtub.

Disappointed by hot tub. Owner left copious notes about how to start it up, but it would have required me removing the frogs, filling it up, shocking and chlorinating it, and it wasn't worth the hassle.

The view was awesome and can't be beat.

For just a small family of three, next time we will spend the money on somewhere smaller but nicer.

If I wanted to host a large family event with all the extended relatives crammed in on the cheap, this would definitely be the place!

  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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National Forest


Rates & Availability

Mi-Wuk Village Cabin Rental Rates

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

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cleaning $100

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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
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