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Perfect for larger gatherings, Lillaskog Lodge is a mountain top, 5000 sf, 7 bedroom, 7 bath lodge.
Celebrate your special events with us and create new family traditions exploring Yosemite National Park.
Lillaskog is the perfect setting for small Weddings, Corporate & Spiritual Retreats and Reunions!
Enjoy the great room with the wraparound balcony and beautiful views. Relax in front of the stone fireplace and entertainment center including satellite TV, DVD and Wireless Internet.
Cook your favorite meals in our large fully equipped kitchen or BBQ on the deck enjoying the view of Yosemite's snow capped mountains.
The bedrooms are quiet, comfy and spacious. They have TV's and plenty of room for relaxing after a day of fun and exploring.
Our grounds include a large grass areas with a gazebo. Perfect for reunions, retreats, small weddings and catered events.
Just 10 minutes from the Yosemite Park entrance, there are so many activities for your group to enjoy!
Swim or fish in the nearby Rainbow Pool, go whitewater rafting down the Tuolumne River. Hike the trails of Yosemite and take your own photographs of the natural treasures that you can only experience in Yosemite. Visit Bodie State Park which is a real old west ghost town.
If you are visiting with infants or young children, we have a high chair and crib available. We have a safety gate to the downstairs in place. Please let us know in advance if you require the use of these items so we can make sure they are available for you. Children under 2 years old stay for free. ...moreless
We expect on occasion you may want to bring your dog on vacation with you. We appreciate your discussing this with us ahead of time. The lodge owner, Bill Charlson, has a certified service dog trained for hearing loss. He will be around to help alert Bill to doorbells, telephones, alarm clocks, etc. If Bill is around, so will his dog, Jordy. There is a $20.00 fee per pet. If you have a disability and have a Service dog there is no charge for the dog....moreless
Smoking is not allowed anywhere in the Lodge. An additional cleaning fee of $200.00 will be incurred if this policy is not respected. If you need to smoke please go outside at least 100’ away from any doors and windows....moreless
The main floor of Lillaskog Lodge is in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities act. The carport, main floor and veranda are on the same level. If you are disabled, please use either the Bridalveil or Half Dome rooms, which have either a large tub or ADA accessible shower. ...moreless
There is very limited access for cell phones in Yosemite. Calling card calls, 1-800# calls and local calls are free to make from the phones that are in the kitchen, great room or loft library....moreless
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10 miles from the Yosemite National Park gate! 5 minutes to Rainbow Pool. White Water Rafting company right across Hwy. 120. Golf Course 12 miles from the Lodge.
What to do in Yosemite
By Bill Charlson, Owner of Lillaskog Lodge
Many guests at Lillaskog are visiting Yosemite for the first time and often ask what they should try to do and see. This is often with a limitation that 'We only have one day, two days, etc'. I have been exploring Yosemite for over 49 years and there is so much to do and see that one could not do it all in a lifetime, but as a retired park ranger I like to tell them about the things they must see and do to get the most benefit from a short stay.
If you have just one day you have to visit Yosemite Valley. To get there, on the way from the Big Oak Flat entrance to the valley, watch for the turnout that comes right after the road junction to Foresta. This is where you get the first view of Half Dome and El Capitan to take pictures. This overlook is one of those vistas that must have amazed people for centuries the first time they get a glimpse of Yosemite.
You will then come to a junction at the bottom of the grade when you first get to the Merced River. This is Highway 140. You should turn left to head into Yosemite Valley. In just a little ways you will cross a bridge that goes across the Merced River and the road becomes one way. Just a little way past this point is a delightful spring and a turnout on the right-hand side of the road. This is called Fern Spring and is historically revered as a sacred place by the Indians.
When you get to the turnoff to Highway 41, you should take it, and go to the parking area at Tunnel View for more pictures. It is only a few minutes and this is one of the views of Yosemite that is worth it. The vista at tunnel view is a great view of El Capitan, Half Dome, Bridalveil Falls, Cloud's Rest and Sentinel Dome.
The next stop I recommend is the parking area at Bridalveil Falls or along the road below Bridalveil. If you are inclined to walk a little, it is an easy hike to Bridalveil Falls. There are fantastic views of the Falls and El Capitan, and often it is possible to watch the rock climbers high up on the face of El Capitan.
Further on there is another wide spot in the road with lots of room for parking and good views of Yosemite Falls. At the end is the little church which is the oldest building in Yosemite Valley.
If people would like a short hike I recommend that they park in the parking area at Curry Village and take the shuttle to the trail head at Happy Isle. From there it is a moderate walk to Vernal Falls. If you would like more of a hike I recommend you take the mist trail to the top of Vernal Falls. Then I recommend that you take the shuttle to Yosemite Village, the Visitor's Center, the Museum, and the Ansel Adams Gallery.
Folks often want to know where to eat in the park and about special programs, ranger talks, and tours. When you pass through the kiosk at the park entrance they will give you a newsprint publication titled Yosemite Today. It is loaded with information about what is going on in the park during the time period it covers.
One thing that people often really enjoy is a breakfast or lunch at the Ahwahnee Hotel Dining Room. The dinners are pricier and there is a dress code requesting gentlemen to wear jackets and neckties in the evening, however, breakfast and lunch are not too bad. You can wear regular tourist’s clothes, and for $15.00 to $25.00 you can get a nice meal in a 5 star dining setting in the very best of the grand old national park hotels! That is value for your money and an especially great experience if you only have one day in the park.
Another possible short hike in the valley is a walk to Mirror Lake. The walk is gentle and there are great views of Half Dome because you are directly below it. You can make a longer loop past Mirror Lake as well if you like. There is a bridge that crosses over the creek a couple of miles above Mirror Lake.
There is a newly renovated trail system to Lower Yosemite Falls. This is a must for the one day visitor. The quality of the trail, the design, the planning that went into this is befitting for one of our nations greatest natural treasures, the tallest waterfall in North America. There has even been special attention given to making it wheelchair accessible, so it can be enjoyed by people with limited mobility.
Now if anybody did all of the above, that’s a pretty full day in Yosemite Valley.
If you have two days, you have to go to Glacier Point. You get a whole different view of the valley and breathtaking views of the high country. There are opportunities for great panorama photos. If you would like to hike a little, then Sentinel Dome and Taft Point should be included. I'm always fascinated by the fissures at Taft point. These are crevasses in the granite that go for hundreds of feet deep.
Year Purchased: 2000
About the owner: 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 Lodge. All of the dimension lumber, main support logs, framing and floors are milled from timber that came from the property. Work halted 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 the Lodge. After six years of hard work the Lodge opened as a Bed & Breakfast and has welcomed guests from all around the world. When the Rim Fire started in August 2013, staff and guests had to flee the raging fire. The firefighters made a special effort to save the Lodge, as Bill has been such a good steward of the surrounding forest. The Lodge was saved and opened up for the firefighters battling the blaze as a place to shower, eat and get a few hours of sleep. It also served as a command post during the fire. The aftermath of the fire was devastating. Bill lost 3 acres of 14 year old trees and 5 acres of market size timber. After the early March storms in 2014, Bill started planting 1700 tree seedlings. Bill also installed 1½ miles of drip tubing to water over a 30 acre area. Bill is currently logging and milling the salvaged lumber with plans for new construction. In January 2014, the Lodge reopened and is now available for family's to gather and explore Yosemite. Lillaskog also hosts Weddings, Corporate & Spiritual Retreats and Reunions.
The Unique Benefits at this Lodge:
The main floor of the cabin is wheelchair accessible and consists of a large, fully equipped kitchen and the dining area with beautiful views. The great room features a floor to ceiling stone fireplace, flat screen TV and entertainment center. The great room and dining area have floor to ceiling windows with stunning views! There are also two bedrooms on this floor, Bridal Veil and Half Dome, with three bathrooms (one of which is fully Handicapped accessible). A piano is available for those who are musically inclined. The upper loft area contains the library, the master bedroom, El Capitan. The bathroom has an antique claw foot tub with a halo shower. The lower level includes a Bonus Room with 6 twin beds. There are three other bedrooms, Bodie, Tioga, and Mono. There are also three bathrooms. Surrounding the cabin is a wheelchair accessible veranda so you can enjoy a sunrise over Yosemite and the sunset over the Stanislaus National Forest.
Front entrance of Lillaskog Lodge
Stairway to the Library and El Capitan
Great Room and Dining area, with piano.
The Dining area and Piano.
Bridalveil room with a King bed and private in- room bath!
El Capitan room. Cal King with a queen sofa bed and balcony!
Half Dome with 1 double and 1 twin bed. Handicapped equipped bathroom.
Bodie private bathroom with shower.
The Dorm Room with 6 twin beds
Handicapped friendly carport entrance
Fire pit area
Enjoy beautiful sunset's!
Perfect for your special occasion!
The Great Room
Our spacious, fully equipped kitchen!
Wraparound balcony off of dining room and Great room.
Bridalveil bathroom. Clawfoot soaking tub and Halo shower!
El Capitan Bathroom. Clawfoot soaking tub and halo shower!
Bodie room. 1 Double bed with a private bathroom across the hall.
Tioga room with a King bed and private in-room bath.
Mono room with a queen bed and in-room bathroom.
The Gazebo and lawn area. Look at the view!
Road up the mountain to the Lodge
Yosemite, 10 miles to the entrance!
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