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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.

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Member since: 2005
Speaks: english, french, spanish
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 26, 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
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • children welcome ...
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 -
(112 traveler reviews)

'Library in the Sky' - Cabin with National Forest Backyard
average rating of 4.973214 based on 112 reviews

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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Wonderful stay in Mi-Wuk

  • 5 of 5

Our family enjoyed a few days in the mountains in this wonderfully rustic cabin. We will be back again!

  • Submitted: Apr 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great cabin 15min from Pinecrest & Dodge Ridge

  • 5 of 5

Stayed a few days in late March. Fireplace, hot tub, BBQ pit....what more could you want!

  • Submitted: Mar 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Russell, Thank you. You were a terrific guest. But just so no one gets confused, I don't have a bbq *pit* that I am aware of. (Some guests do inquire specifically about this, so I don't want anyone to be misled). I do have two bbqs--one with furnished propane and one with Bring-your-own Briquettes.
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Can't wait to go again, perfect place for our family!

  • 5 of 5

This cabin was the perfect place for my family to go to decompress and explore a new area. What an amazing cabin, well stocked, comfortable, AMAZING views, clean, everything worked well, neighbors were was just an overall enjoyable experience.

Dan was so kind...checked in with us before, during and after our stay. Made sure we knew what to expect, had suggestions about places to go hike, eat, play, friendly areas...we could not have asked for a better host to help guide us as we were new to the area.

Our 2 children enjoyed the many books and games offered, and we were lucky to be able to borrow 2 pairs of snowboots for a trip to the snow park ~ one of the items we forgot to pack from home. I particularily loved that the cabin was stocked with paper towels, coffee filters, sponge etc. things I tend to forget about when packing for a trip.

If you are looking for a comfortable quiet cabin in the woods, with a fireplace, hot tub, kids stuff and your pooch able to be with you, this is your place. Dan was clearly invested in making sure we had everything we needed and available to answer any questions.

Dan , we will be back again and again. THANK YOU.

  • Submitted: Mar 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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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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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