Hipcamp host Ruthanne J.
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This is a site on a working farm in the foothills east of Sacramento, at approximately 1500 ft. We are producing organic flowers, fruits, herbs & vegetables. With some notice we will be happy to provide a retreat spot with cleansing juices, wheat grass juice, salads and other fresh picked produce. Otherwise you can see the activities of the farm as they happen in a quiet


This is a site on a working farm in the foothills east of Sacramento, at approximately 1500 ft. We are producing organic flowers, fruits, herbs & vegetables. With some notice we will be happy to provide a retreat spot with cleansing juices, wheat grass juice, salads and other fresh picked produce. Otherwise you can see the activities of the farm as they happen in a quiet little valley with beautiful sky views and songbirds night and day. There are many assorted activities close by and with easy access. We are 5 mi. from town, yet very quiet and peaceful. We are .5 mi from Hidden Falls Regional Park, where there are water falls year round, and easy & moderate trails.

Auburn area was a supply juncture in the gold rush days. The railroad was beginning west/ east from the Sacramento River into the High Sierras. The gold was being rushed from Nevada City & Coloma, north / south. Auburn was at the crossroads for all of that activity. There are rolling hills, Pines & Oaks, good soil, and great Nature in this area.

The sites here are quiet, rugged but comfortable, open most of the year, Welcoming. You can be alone in a private area tucked into a crescent at the side of the orchard with a little hill at your back, or you can be at our hilltop site with a 4 person canvas tent provided. ( slightly more cost for this site). We have dogs, cats and chickens at the farthest end of the farm about 10 acres away. Parking is approximately 300-500 feet from the site. You will find a bowl of our in season, organic fruit or produce at your site when you arrive.

Campsite area
Bring your own tents
2 sites
Up to 4 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
No pets
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Showers available
Picnic table available
No wifi
Pack it out
Have a question? Send Ruthanne a message!
  • Check in: After 3PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 4 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 25% off
  • Response time: Within 6 hours
  • Response rate: 100%


Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Wildlife watching

We have lots of Birds, Coyote, Lynx

Snow sports
Whitewater paddling


Natural features you'll find at Orchard Nest in California.

River, stream, or creek

American River is 20 min away. Hidden Falls Regional Park is 5 min away.

Swimming hole

Close by (5 min) by car or 1/2 mi away is a Regional Park with falls, stream, swimming holes. American River is 20 minutes.


The vibe at Orchard Nest

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Hipcamper Steven
Steven C.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
September 17th, 2017

This orchard has so many different fruits and vegetables growing. It was so fun to explore - who knew kiwis grew on trees?! It was nice to get away from the city and hear nothing but birds and insects. There's no cell service around the area but Google Maps will take you almost there. Go past where it tells you to turn in and about 200 feet you'll see a road that takes you up and to the right. It's marked by a Lyon sign. Just follow that until you see the gate with the address.

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Hipcamper Harriet
Harriet A.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
August 8th, 2017

The farm was a little tricky to find (although probably mostly because we arrived after dark). The spot was great with the compostable toilet right by it and the little gravity powered shower too. Not to mention the fact that it's in a kiwi orchard which was snug feeling, beautiful and smelt great. There's a firepit and seating area on the site too and Ruthanne had kindly provided us with a bowl of the most delicious cherries. Ruthanne and everyone on the farm were really friendly (including the dogs) and we had a great stay.

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Hipcamper Lisa
Lisa S.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
September 5th, 2018

Had an amazing time. The orchard setting was beautiful and it was warm enough we didn’t even have to put the cover on our tent so we could go to sleep looking up at the stars. The location was great - the directions were clear and everything went without a hitch. We went to the hidden falls one day, it was a nice light hike and a lovely little swimming hole and then went to the lake the next day, which was more crowded but the water felt great!

Hipcamper Victoria
Victoria C.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
October 1st, 2018

Not sure if I'll ever be able to say I slept in a kiwi orchard! It was a dream I never knew I had. Though I wish the kiwis were closer to being in season! Though the directions were a little unclear, my group was able to navigate to the Shared Abundance Organic Farm with only slight delay. I recommend arriving before dark to avoid getting lost and to obviously enjoy the sunset over the farm.

There were some nice touches to the site that made it comfortable: table, benches, a fire pit, a mostly-private compost toilet, and a well-water spigot. It's not the most secluded area as you can see some homes and other residences around, but it was still very picturesque and we had a beautiful night sky and a great view of the moon. We didn't see another person the entire time.

Ruthanne was very responsive the entire time and my friends and I had a great time!

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Hipcamper Tim
Tim T.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
October 23rd, 2018

We stayed here only one night. Overall the experience was quite positive! The orchard is a beautiful place to stay and explore. There are so many different fruits, vegetables, and herbs growing at every turn. Sleeping under the kiwi trees is really unique and special. My one complaint would be that, after greeting us briefly, the host disappeared. Since we didn't have any cell service, we had no way of contacting her to ask a few questions (like where the shower was). Since we were only there one night, it wasn't a big deal. It might have been, though, if we had stayed longer.

Hipcamper Emily
Emily G.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
October 23rd, 2018

I would definitely recommend camping at this beautiful spot! You'll be camping in a kiwi orchard!!! The farm itself is beautiful and worth walking around, and Auburn is close to wineries, hiking, swimming holes, and more. Composting toilet, fire ring, and water access were as described. Ruthanne was there to greet us and was very communicative and helpful during our stay. I would say the campsite was somewhat less private than expected (there were other campers on the property not far away during our second night there), but all in all I highly recommend this spot and would definitely go back.

Hipcamper perry

Great spot in the foothills!

Perry J.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
March 30th, 2019

Last minute overnight cycling trip ended up booking a site at the orchard. Glad we did. Epic riding up great scenic roads, and and great night's sleep in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada.

Perfect spot for a small group looking for a scenic retreat with everything we needed (rustic restroom, drinkable fresh water, fresh air and green space). Host Ruthanne was welcoming, communicates well, and went above our expectations in prepping our camp site, which made our short stay extra enjoyable.

Great tasting fresh kiwi provided from the farm's grove were a delightful surprise. Got a great view of the stars on a clear night, and a nice fire pit to wind down next to.

The area around the farm is beautiful, with lots of wineries and breweries within a short drive/ride. As our first hipcamp experience, we're left with nothing but good things to say.

Thanks for a memorable trip!

Hipcamper Joshua
Joshua C.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
June 9th, 2019

Ruth the host was amazing as was our stay on her beautiful property. She was a very friendly and warm welcoming host. Our stay was exactly what we were hoping for with little suprises here and there to top it off! Highly recommended for farming enthusiasts!

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Hipcamper Benjamin

Absolutely stunning

Benjamin C.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
June 19th, 2019

Absolutely stunning location. Staying in the kiwi orchard was a beautiful experience. Ruthanne was a gracious host, providing everything we needed and then left us alone to do our thing!

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