Hipcamp host Gordon H.,
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Camp under the stars in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains. (Motorhomes/Trailers/Truck Campers/RV's - DO NOT BOOK UNTIL YOU HAVE READ THE PARAGRAPH BELOW.  Not all sites can accommodate RVs.) 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


Camp under the stars in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains. (Motorhomes/Trailers/Truck Campers/RV's - DO NOT BOOK UNTIL YOU HAVE READ THE PARAGRAPH BELOW.  Not all sites can accommodate RVs.) 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 tree farm that was started in the 1960s and now has many trees that are too big to fit in anyone's home but provide an unbelievable canopy for some of our campsites. Half the property is covered in a pine forest (with some secluded campsites) 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.   

Campsites 1 - 14 are centrally located at the top of the hill, sites 15 - 25 are more remote (& quieter) but are also farther from the bathrooms & potable water supplies.  (Site 25 is in a tight forest where slender pine trees rub against each other; if there's any wind, they make sounds akin to wooden ships rubbing up against the docks in a harbor.  NOTE: The site numbering has changed for 2020 as we have added 5 more sites.  Therefore, a site you stayed in previously may now have a different number and past comments regarding these specific sites may no longer be accurate and could refer to a different site.  Please ask me if you have any questions.)   If you are traveling in a group, we suggest getting two sites next to each other rather than trying to squeeze everyone into a single site - it's actually less expensive to rent two sites with 5 people each rather than putting 10 people into a single site.  Site pairs that work well together are 1&2, 4&6, 3&5, and 9&12, (We also have areas specifically for larger groups. Please see our Hipcamp group site listing.) 

Motorhomes/Trailers/Truck Campers/RVs - Please note, that there are currently only a few campsites that can accommodate these vehicles: sites 3, 4, 8, 10, 16, and 18.  If your RV is longer than 34 feet, please let me know so that we can make sure that we can get you to fit.  Please note, that there are NO HOOKUPS.  However, potable water is accessible when you arrive - please bring a long hose to make filling easier.   (If you have a group of RVs and are looking to all camp together, please check out our Group Site listing - site #1.)  Please also note that our roadway is gravel and includes a small hill you must climb. Please do NOT bring a trailer if you are towing with a front-wheel-drive vehicle.  Also, if your trailer is pushing the weight limit of your tow vehicle, please have a 4-wheel drive vehicle.  (If you have any questions, please message me.) NO MORE THAN ONE RV PER SITE.

Please include all individuals in your booking headcount including all children over the age of 1 year old.

CAMPFIRE NOTICE: When wood-burning fires are safe (spring & late fall) fire pits with a grill & mesh cover are provided at every site.  All fires must be contained in the fire pit.  Open (or uncovered) campfires (on the ground) are prohibited.  CAMPFIRES ARE ONLY ALLOWED IN THE COVERED FIRE PITS. Please keep the fire pit covered when in use and always fully extinguish your fire when you leave the campsite.   You may collect dead wood to burn from the property, but please bring a handsaw to cut up pieces so they will fit into the fire pit.

From the weekend after Memorial Day until November 1st (or whenever we have our first big rainfall), propane fire pits will be provided at each site but propane will NOT be included.  You are welcome to bring your own or rent a tank from us.

Please see our 'EXTRAS' to make sure you purchase propane so you have fuel for the fire pit, or you can bring your own standard propane tank. (Propane fire pits are NOT FOR COOKING.  A $50 cleaning fee will be charged if used for any kind of cooking purposes.)

LATE-NIGHT BOOKING NOTICE:  If you are attempting to book for a same-day/late-night visit (booking after 6:00 PM), PLEASE message me first to confirm my availability to let you in.  If I do not respond, please DO NOT book as you will not be able to get in.

GROUP CAMPING is available through our group site listings.

Be sure to bring flashlights and lanterns; it does get dark at night!

Campsite area
Tent or RV sites
26 sites
Up to 10 guests per site
Up to 2 vehicles
2WD Accessible
No wheelchair access
RV Information
Travel trailers, Fifth wheels, Toy haulers, Pop-up campers, Class A RVs, Class B RVs, Class C RVs, and Campervans allowed
Ask about access type
Ask about max length
Ask about slideout accommodation
surface type
surface levelness
No Cars
Hookups: No electricity, water, sewage, or TV connection
Generators not allowed
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Picnic table available
No kitchen
No showers
No wifi
Pack it out
Have a question? Send Gordon a message!
  • Check in: After 4PM
  • Check out: Before 2PM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 6 months out

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Offered on the Host's property or nearby.


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


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


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


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


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Whitewater paddling

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

Wildlife watching

Deer. squirrels, rabbits and birds live on the property; coyotes, foxes & a bear have also been seen, but have always run away ...Read more


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


The property is largely covered by forest, natural pines & firs, and over-sized Christmas Trees.

River, stream, or creek

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


There are wetlands on the east side of the property, near the small creek.


We are an active Christmas Tree farm, albeit most of our trees are very large.

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Hipcamper Olivia

Lovely campground

Olivia M.
recommends this listing.
(Site 25 - Tents only)
November 29th, 2022

Madrone Tree Hill is the best place to camp near Placerville! It has great campsites, nice communal sink areas, large RV parking areas, quick access to an apple cider orchard and a brewery that is walking distance nearby. I enjoy the 4am sound track of Coyotes greatest yippies. The grounds have a lovely short nature trail run which kids or dogs can be taken around. There's good privacy from your next door neighbors. I think the grounds were super nice and improved over the last year. I can't wait to come back to stay again at Madrone Tree Hill in the near future!

Hipcamper Mark
Mark B.
recommends this listing.
(Site 18 - RV or Tents)
November 27th, 2022

Great experience, Gordon was easy to work with and very polite. He was able to accommodate our group to fit all together. We will definitely be back. Thanks

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Hipcamper Ben
Ben T.
recommends this listing.
(Site 18 - RV or Tents)
November 27th, 2022

Nice place to camp near Placerville. Quiet and clean. No leveling needed on site 16.

Hipcamper Kyle
Kyle D.
recommends this listing.
(Site 21 - Tents only)
November 21st, 2022

Such a nice hidden place that felt like away from any towns but still close by in case we needed anything. Great proximity to all the Apple hill farms too.

Hipcamper jeff

Love it!

Jeff W.
recommends this listing.
(Site 10 - RV or TENTS)
November 15th, 2022

The setting is spectacular. We love it there. Our favorite place to get away.

Hipcamper nicholas

Great place to camp

Nicholas L.
recommends this listing.
(Site 8 - RV or Tents)
November 14th, 2022

The area and site are outstanding

Very clean and well maintained

Hipcamper Luke
Luke M.
recommends this listing.
(Site 19 - Tents preferred)
November 13th, 2022

Always a great place to stay every year when we visit Apple Hill. Gordon is very accommodating and kind. His land is private and we feel very safe. The added trail hike around the camp was beautiful.

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Hipcamper Brenda
Brenda R.
recommends this listing.
(Site 15 - tents preferred)
November 6th, 2022

We loved our stay at Madrone Tree Hill! The weather was chilly but we came prepared. Luckily we were able to get a fire going for cooking and during the day got to explore Apple Hill farms. The space was very well kept and will definitely be coming back !

Hipcamper Erin

2nd visit and won’t be my last

Erin T.
recommends this listing.
(Site 25 - Tents only)
November 6th, 2022

It was raining most of my stay, but honestly…it didn’t bother me. I was prepared for it and had everything I needed to stay dry. I stayed at site 25 this time and it was definitely more tucked away. You do have a site across the way that is visible, but it’s not right on top of you. This site is close to the road and the gate. You will hear beeps when the gate opens and closes, and there is road noise. It wasn’t too bothersome to me, but if you can’t handle road noise, not the site for you. It is huge and truly such a beautiful spot with the tall pine trees. I hiked all the trails in the morning when there was no rain. Absolutely good workout and beautiful maintained trails and property. Cannot recommend this place enough. Thanks again for a lovely stay! Having a fire to stay warm and dry during the rain was a big plus!


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