Lillaskog Lodge - The "Little Forest"
Nestled on a mountainside surrounded by the Stanislaus National Forest, Lillaskog is the perfect place for many activities. Whether you want to explore Yosemite National Park and the surrounding area, entertain a large group in the spacious Great Room, or just borrow a book from the loft library and curl up by the stone fireplace. Lillaskog Lodge has something for everyone.
The main floor of the cabin is totally wheelchair accessible and consists of a large kitchen, great room, two bedrooms and three bathrooms - one of which is fully accessible. The upper loft area contains the library, master bedroom and bath. A piano is available for those who are musically inclined, and there are onsite laundry facilities. The lower level includes a family/rumpus room, perfect for games and activities or just relaxing, as well as three bedrooms and three bathrooms. Surrounding the cabin is a wheelchair accessible veranda so you can enjoy a sunrise over Yosemite and a sunset over the Stanislaus National Forest.
Lillaskog is the life dream of Bill Charlson, a retired park ranger and administrator. In 1999 a forest fire on Pilot Ridge ravaged the area and the following winter the Charlson family bought the acreage that became Lillaskog. Borrowing from the family's Swedish ancestry, the name LIllaskog is Swedish for "Little Forest". After the Pilot Fire, the land was salvage logged. When the Charlsons acquired the property they replanted twenty thousand baby trees, so the name "Little Forest" seemed quite suitable.
Bill also bought a small sawmill and began drawing up plans to build his dream cabin. All of the dimension lumber, main support logs, framing and floors are milled from timber that came from the property.
Work halted only briefly, when in 2002 Bill was unexpectedly diagnosed with cancer. After undergoing extensive surgery and cancer treatments, Bill made a miraculous recovery and went back to work on his cabin. After six years of hard work, the cabin was ready to welcome visitors.