Hipcamp host Gordon H.
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Bring your family & friends so you all can camp together under the stars in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains. This 50 acre family-owned property is located in the heart of Apple Hill. There are two streams that run through it, with a hill that separates them. It is a working Christmas Trees farm that was started in the 1960's and now has many trees that are too b

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Bring your family & friends so you all can camp together under the stars in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains. This 50 acre family-owned property is located in the heart of Apple Hill. There are two streams that run through it, with a hill that separates them. It is a working Christmas Trees farm that was started in the 1960's and now has many trees that are too big to fit in anyone's home, but provide an unbelievable canopy for some of our camp sites. About 1/3 of it is covered in a pine forest (with secluded camp sites) with the balance being Christmas trees, Manzanita brush, Madrone trees, and open areas for larger group campers. There are trails throughout the property for visitors to enjoy. There is an Apple Farm across the street that makes the best donuts in Apple Hill! Less than a mile away is a farm brewery and there are wineries throughout the area. There is also a large lake nearby that is a favorite for local kayak and canoe enthusiasts (and some who enjoy fishing) since most non-locals don't know it exists.

Please see the Madrone Tree Hill listing for more details on what's here and nearby!!!

Two group sites have been created for two different types of camping expediences. The first is a large open area (bring your RV's and/or shade covers) that is on the south end of the property. It includes a large level area, a fire ring*, it's own [RV] parking area, and even has a stage if you want to get really creative! (There is an additional fee for usage of the stage - contact me for details.) The second area is at the top of the hill in the forest. This is a more tranquil site since it is among the pine & Madrone trees and hidden away. A campfire may be allowed, depending on the time of year and fire size. Vehicles can load & unload in this area, but it is recommended that they be parked in the parking area about 50 yards away.  (Up to 4 vehicles may remain parked in this site - #2.)

When 20 or more people are booked into a group site, an extra portable restroom will be provided adjacent to the site for your convenience.

*NOTE: Open campfires are strictly prohibited during the summer months. Warming fires may be permitted if in a fully enclose fire pit (with a mesh top) AND is in an area cleared of flammable vegetation and overhanging tree branches AND water is nearby.

Be sure to bring flashlights and lanterns, it can get pretty dark at night!

Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans, trailers, RVs
2 sites
Up to 40 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Essentials
Toilet available
Pets allowed
No campfires
Amenities
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Picnic table available
No showers
No wifi
Pack it out
Have a question? Send Gordon a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Super Strict (30 Days)
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 2
  • Accepts bookings: 6 months out
  • Response time: Within an hour
  • Response rate: 100%

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Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Biking

There are many country roads that can be biked on in the Apple Hill area.

Boating

Slab Creek Reservoir is great for Canoeing & Kayaking and is 4 miles away. (Small fishing boats can also be launched, but boat...Read more

Fishing

Slab Creek Reservoir is 4 miles away. (Small fishing boats can also be launched, but boats on trailers are NOT recommended at a...Read more

Hiking

There are several walking trails that circle and crisscrosses the property. (It is approximately 1.5 miles around the property...Read more

Paddling

Slab Creek Reservoir is great for paddling and is 4 miles away. (The road to Slab Creek is not for the feint of heart.)

Swimming

Slab Creek Reservoir is 4 miles away. (The road to Slab Creek is not for the feint of heart.)

Whitewater paddling

Chili Bar & Coloma offer up some of the world best white water rafting! Chili Bar is 10.5 miles away.

Wildlife watching

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Madrone Tree Hill - Group Site in California.

River, stream or creek

There is NO river, but a very small stream (brook) does flow along the east side of the property

Forest

The vibe at Madrone Tree Hill - Group Site

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Hipcamper Rick
Rick P.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
July 1st, 2018

Had a great time for our company camping trip!!!

Hipcamper Melissa
Melissa H.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
October 1st, 2018

I booked the group site for my 30th birthday and it was PERFECT! Gordon was a superb host and a great communicator who was prompt to answer my million questions before and during my stay. He was also gracious enough to wait for me and my friends' arrival, even though we had shown up 4 hours late than anticipated. The site itself was beautiful, secluded, well maintained, and quite spacious with plenty of shade from the trees. The private porta potty with a washing sink next to it was a nice touch. There were cute things to do nearby like visit the apple orchard and breweries, which were in walking distance. My friends went to the lake in the early morning and caught some trout. Overall, all of us had an excellent time and I would absolutely book this site again. The only feedback for improvement would be that the PDF packet Gordon sent wasn't super clear on the group site location (maybe some signage?). A few of my friends got confused. Not a big deal though. I couldn't have asked for a better place to have my birthday.

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Hipcamper Gordon
Response from Gordon, the Host, on October 3rd, 2018

Melissa, thanks for the great review and for the helpful feedback. I'm glad you all enjoyed your stay! Also, thank you very much for the photos, those are greatly appreciated! I hope you and your friends can visit us again sometime soon!! Happy Birthday!!

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Hipcamper Joshua
Joshua M.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
June 4th, 2019

Such an awesome, secluded, and large group site. Perfect spot for a fun weekend. We did a birthday party and Gordon was incredible and helpful both before, during, and after the event.

Hipcamper Gordon
Response from Gordon, the Host, on June 6th, 2019

Josh, thanks for coming and I'm glad everything worked out for your birthday. Please visit again and hopefully, no rain next time!! Happy Camping!!

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Hipcamper Megan

Great place to camp!

Megan A.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
July 11th, 2019

This is a great place to camp. We stayed in the Group Site #2 with a bunch of tents and site #12 with our RV. The campground is very well organized and we had everything we need for our group. The camp fires, grills, grilling tools, sink, water, ports potty--all were in excellent condition. Gordon is very communicative and helpful. The trails around the grounds are fun and well-groomed. Even my toddler could walk them without trouble. The group site was very private and quiet, yet we could drive right up to drop off stuff--very convenient. Also, it is a very quick drive from the SF Bay Area--just 2 hours to get there. All the activities nearby is also a perk. The experience of being in the woods but close to civilization was perfect. I/we highly recommend Madrone Tree Hill.

Hipcamper Gordon
Response from Gordon, the Host, on July 13th, 2019

Thanks Megan. I hope you all will come visit us again soon! Apple Hill season is right around the corner!

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Hipcamper Denise C.
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(Site 2)
June 17th, 2019
Property
Madrone Tree Hill
State
California
$225/night
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