Near Yosemite National Park/Bass Lake/National Forests

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After a winter snow, south side (front)


Last updated: 09/27/2016
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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

Located in the exact center of California. Minutes from Yosemite (see below for specifics) and John Muir Wilderness, surrounded by national forests for hiking, dirt biking, 4-W driving, etc. Yet, 3-4 hours to San Francisco, Los Angeles or the Pacific Ocean.

Private home in valley of former summer Indian camp, then cattle ranch, and then dude ranch. Spacious, sunny and light with landscaping including lush lawn for children to play safely while parents watch from the kitchen or deck. Piano, ukele, bongos as well. There areas for volley ball, baseball and basket ball in the community open space area at the Club House.

Surrounded by National Forest, the community is composed of custom homes varying from multiple acres to 1/3 acre lots located along narrow paved roads winding through beautiful cedars, black oaks and pines. Directly accros the lane, 40 acres has been designated open space, which has tree-lined all year Whiskey Creek sandwiched between 2 beautiful meadows. Abundant wildlife and wildflowers. Morning and evening walks to the cascades and the Indian grinding holes is a wonderful way to feel the Sierra.

Mariposa Grove (Giant Sequoias) at the South gate of Yosemite National Park is 45 minutes away. Hwy 41 carries you to the Valley floor, 60 miles from the house. Historic Sierra National Scenic Byway only 5 minutes away. Both offering history, hiking, mountain biking, off-road vehicle trails/roads, fishing, hunting in season and swimming in the community's Whiskey Creek, or at tranquil Manzanita Lake (15 minutes) or Bass Lake (also 15-20 minutes away). Manzanita Lake allows non-motorized boats and Bass Lake the full spectrum of jet skis, water skiing, sailing and family house patio boats for day use.

Events include dancing and eating at Bass Lake's outdoor Jazz on the Lake every Friday night. Not limited to age. Wawona Hotel has a pianist that plays requests and Saturday nights holds a BBQ and square dancing for all ages. Other festivals and art events are continually provided for tourists.

Horse back riding is available at Fish Camp (35 minutes), groups hikes and nature walks are also available as well as tours of the Sierra Visit National Scenic Byway or Yosemite Valley.

For those strenuous hikers, the Scenic Byway is the starting point for a trans-Sierra hike to Mammoth. One day each way if fit. For more casual hiking or biking, the Scenic Byway offers less than 5-mile hikes to lakes or peaks showing the beauty of our many granite domes. Oh yes, Yosemite is ready to show you its grandeur too. 45 minutes to Mariposa's splendid trees and history; 20 minutes to historic Wawona Hotel and another 45 minutes to either Glacier Point or the Valley.

Snow sports' enthusiasts can enjoy the family friendly slopes at Badger Pass or the challenge of Sierra Summit. Both 1 1/2 hours away. Ski rentals are reliable. Snow shoeing or cross country skiing up Peckinpaw Road (Yes, Sam Peckinpaw grew up here). Historical cabins, wildlife and sheer beauty will be experienced. Snow does cover the Cascadel Valley, but cannot be depended upon. When it is present, people ski along the road and in the 40-acre open space. There are two large LL Bean Snow Tubes for guests and a snow park is located just beforer the south entrance to the Park.

Relax or be as busy as you would like. Great Mexican restaurant in North Fork, more formal dining at Bass Lake. You will surely enjoy visiting the little mountain town of North Fork for movie rentals or groceries. It takes you back 30 years. The Sierra ambience is waiting for you. Everything I have ever wanted is here in Cascadel and I would really like to share it with you.

Keywords: Roomy Bright 2-story Mountain House sleeps 10 fully equipped. 20 miles from south gate to Yosemite, 8 miles from Bass Lake. All year running stream, 40-acre common area, middle of historic natn'l forest.

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Property Type

  • House
  • 1800 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    24 or older...moreless

  • Children Welcome:

    Kids love exploring the creek, the meadows or swimming in the various natural pools. My grandchildren play with the physical fitness balls on the lawn or in the meadow. Soccer is a hoot. Or, they just sit on the lawn and chat. Bike riding on the open road area is safe. Some of the roads through the trees require adult supervision. There are tennis courts at the nearby elementary school. Basketball in the clubhouse parking area and volleyball. Equipment for all of these is in the house basement....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    Absolute! Including surrounding property....moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    Dogs and cats are welcome if cared for. The deck is gated, but there are no pens and dogs must be leashed. However, dogs are very fun on the abundant trails in Cascadel or other national forests just short drives away....moreless

  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 9-10

  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen, 1 child bed


  • Loft: 4 twin/ single


  • Bedroom 3: 2 twin/ single


  • Master Suite: 1 queen

    2-3 person jacuzzi, shower, chaise lounge...moreless

  • Queen size Beds (2); youth bed (1) single beds. Large downstairs bedroom has 1 queen bed and youth bed; other downstairs bedroom has 2 single beds; upstairs master suite has 1 queen size bed; loft has 4 twin beds (4) in loft., twin beds (2) in 2nd downstairs bedroom. There are also 2 Play and Pak baby cribs , 2 high chairs, and 2 booster seats....moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower, jetted tub

    Double vanity with 2 sinks...moreless

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower

    Vanity with one sink...moreless

Other Amenities

  • House is situated in a community with a state park campground environment. Approximately 50 steps from a tranquil creek bank. A great place to read or sip wine before dinner. Or, wade or swim in the deeper pools. ...moreless


  • Books
  • Books For Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games:

    A cupboard in the hallway has most popular games plus several decks of cards....moreless

  • Music Library
  • Piano
  • Satellite / Cable:

    Satellite TV in living room. Small TV in loft for VHS/DVD movies, no satellite hookup.and NETFLIX...moreless

  • Television:

    1 downstairs with Netflix....moreless

  • Toys:

    Art materials, various balls....moreless

  • VCR
  • Video Games:

    No and would rather not have them connected to the TV. Interrupts use for the guests following the game users....moreless

  • Video Library:

    Free Netflix automatically through Blue Ray. Also, family videos. ...moreless


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All


  • Cinemas
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Waterfalls
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseback Riding
  • Paddle Boating
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Lake:

    Bass Lake 8 miles away. Rents patio boats, jet skis, and other water toys. Has nice sandy beaches....moreless

  • Mountain View:

    Cedars, black oaks, ponderosa pines and Manzanita surround the house. Views of Cascadel Peak and other mountain ridges. House overlooks north end of 40-acre common area. All year round creek a stone's throw from front deck....moreless

  • Rural:

    Historic valley surrounded by National Forest and about 200 other homes. Rustic and natural environment with all-year round creek. Miles of trail....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Sailing
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Water Tubing
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining:

    1 table with 6 chairs, but can seat 8 comfortably. 1 extension table could seat 8 comfortably....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 10 people


  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking:

    Attached carport...moreless

  • Firewood
  • Free Long Distance
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Forced air heating and air conditioning...moreless

  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided:

    All linens, blankets, towels and kitchen towels, sponges, etc. are provided....moreless

  • Living Room:

    A great room that is set off by a counter between it and the kitchen. The entire downstairs is open except for a hallway to the bathroom, laundry and bedrooms....moreless

  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street:

    Very large parking area for approx 6 vehicles...moreless

  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:


  • Shampoo
  • Telephone:

    Set up for guest to use and leave message. Message password provided....moreless

  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    Miele stacked unit - Laundry detergents furnished along with iron, board and sewing machine....moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    WiFi accommodates computers in any location in the house....moreless

  • Wood Stove:

    Black free standing corner stove with glass front. Ceiling fan distributes heat. Very efficient. Cords of wood for precut for stove....moreless


  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils:

    Toaster, hand-mixer, blender, pots, pans, all cooking utensils, table flatware, dishes, cups, glasses, wine glasses, commonly used spices and condiments....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen:

    Dishwasher included. No garbage disposal. Fully furnished with all cooking and eating utensils, etc. you will ever need....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator:

    Freezer on top...moreless

  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Deck / Patio:

    Table, chairs, sun umbrella on elevated wood deck overlooking street and 40-acre common area. BBQ located on same deck....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Drought has restricted water use so the lawn has been on its own. Comes back in winter and spring, but is a little sketchy in late summer and fall....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Propane directly feeds into BBQ on deck....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway To Water
  • Wood Deck

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool:

    No pool, but beautiful swimming hole at the foot of a waterfall in year round creek. 2 smaller swimming holes and Manzanita and Bass Lake both within 15 minutes of home....moreless

  • Jetted Tub:

    2-man deep tub, jacuzzi, one wall is 4' x 5' sliding window looking out to cedars and black oak....moreless



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My Standard Rate
3 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $200
  • Tax Rate 11%


Pets are welcome, but there is a limit of 2.

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Last updated: 09/27/2016
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50 Miles
Nearest Airport
1-hour from Fresno International
5 Miles
Nearest Barpub
North Fork
25 Miles
Nearest Golf
45 Miles
Nearest Train
Fresno - Amtrak
45 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Hwy 99 and Hwy 1
5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
North Fork
35 Miles
Nearest Ski
Badger Pass in Yosemite National Park
8 Miles
Nearest Beach
Bass Lake

Car: Necessary

Hundreds of trails and roads for hiking, mountain biking, off-road vehicles or dirt bikes. These are all in the neighborhood . I and my family avidly participate in all of these activities. Also, fantastic pianist at the Wawona Hotel five nights a week. BBQ and squaredancing for entire family (any age) on Saturday nights.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2005

About the owner: This is my retirement home, but family demands required I temporarily move to Lake Arrowhead. It wouldn't be good to leave it empty so I decided to rent it to families to let them enjoy the same environment that my family enjoy. I am a professional and my career was in corporate tax with large corporations. However, I always had time to visit Yosemite or its surrounding to hike and backpack. My goal was always to move near Yosemite.

Why the Owner Chose Cascadel Woods, North Fork, CA, USA:
Cascadel House is located in the most beautiful historic valley that has retained a secluded piece of the Sierra. Most Sierra foothills or historic area are overbuilt and very busy. We, in Cascadel Woods, have no commercial enterprises, traffic within the valley is only there for a purpose or is a resident. My first day after moving in, I walked across the bridge down to the cascades. Truly, I felt I was in a beautiful state park. Even the sounds of children playing brought me to that feeling.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
Across the lane in front of my deck is a 40-acre open space area with a huge meadow, trails and an all-year creek. Across the meadow is a gravel/dirt road created well before 1880, but dedicated to the reigning county in that year. It is so peaceful to walk the community trails and the dirt road or hike the trail in the national forest that surround our valley. There is a two-volume trail guide just for horseback riders. Residents ride their mountain or dirt bikes up Autumn Road to explore the miles and miles of trails, Whiskey Falls, Shut-eye Peak and so on. As an avid hiker, there are unlimited places to explore. That makes me excited to begin my day. In the winter, skiing at Badger is about an hour away; skiing at China Peak is about 1.5 hours away. There is ice skating in Yosemite Valley and at Tenaya Lodge in Fish Camp. After a snow (which usually melts in a few weeks), residents make cross country ski trails and do some sledding. Cross country skiing, snow shoeing, and a snow park are available before entering the Yosemite south entrance as well. Imagine hiking through the snow in Mariposa Grove in the winter. The clear air and blue skies set off the big trees with striking definition. And then the wildlife. Healthy in their natural environment not being fed by humans. We have a bear, lots of deer, a mountain lion, squirrels, quail, raccoon, and many birds. logs the wildlife and the history of our special area. Please visit it. You will be impressed.

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Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • After a winter snow, south side (front)

    After a winter snow, south side (front)

  • East side of Great Room; wrap around counter, dining and kitchen west side

    East side of Great Room; wrap around counter, dining and kitchen west side

  • Kitchen


  • Downstairs bedroom with twin beds

    Downstairs bedroom with twin beds

  • Master 2-person jacuzzi bath, glass walled shower, and double sink to the right

    Master 2-person jacuzzi bath, glass walled shower, and double sink to the right

  • Whiskey Creek cascades into swimming hole 1

    Whiskey Creek cascades into swimming hole 1

  • From driveway

    From driveway

  • After a snow from the deck viewing 40-acre open area

    After a snow from the deck viewing 40-acre open area

  • Living room/ dining with/piano and part of kitchen

    Living room/ dining with/piano and part of kitchen

  • Large downstairs bedroom with queen size bed and youth bed.

    Large downstairs bedroom with queen size bed and youth bed.

  • Master bedroom suite.  Windows face east. Master bath west side.

    Master bedroom suite. Windows face east. Master bath west side.

  • Loft facing southern window

    Loft facing southern window

  • Swimming hole 2 at base of waterfall

    Swimming hole 2 at base of waterfall

  • Whiskey Creek Pool 2 falls on the left of pic

    Whiskey Creek Pool 2 falls on the left of pic

VRBO #179989

This listing was first published here in 2008.

Date last modified - Monday, October 24, 2016

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