Hipcamp host Gordon H.,
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CAMPFIRE NOTICE: Effective immediately, we are only allowing propane fire pits. Due to drying conditions and concerns about wildfires, wood-burning campfires will no longer be allowed. Each site is equipped with a propane fire pit; however, this does not include propane. Guests are welcome to bring their own 20lbs./4.5-gallon tank or can rent one from us


CAMPFIRE NOTICE: Effective immediately, we are only allowing propane fire pits. Due to drying conditions and concerns about wildfires, wood-burning campfires will no longer be allowed. Each site is equipped with a propane fire pit; however, this does not include propane. Guests are welcome to bring their own 20lbs./4.5-gallon tank or can rent one from us under the Extras in our listing.  (These tanks provide about 6 hours of burn time.)

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 NOTE: 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.

AFTER JUNE 7th, 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 Erin
Erin H.
recommends this listing.
(Site 9 - Tents only)
September 11th, 2022

This campsite was super clean, quiet, and honestly one of the best places I’ve stayed!

Hipcamper Joseph

A perfect trip, even in the heat!

Joseph R.
recommends this listing.
(Site 17 - Tents preferred)
September 8th, 2022

This was our third time at Madrone Tree Hill, and as always, the campsite was perfectly set up for us! The port-a-potty’s where clean and sanitary. Both Gordon and Frank were responsive to all of our questions and concerns. There are a variety of different spots for tent or camper needs, and it seems most spot has lots of shade available.
We enjoyed the apple cider donuts within walking distance and took a break from the heat at Slab Creek reservoir.
This is one of our new favorite sites to camp, and we’ve been camping for 20+ years. Thank you Gordon for your attention to detail and your hospitality!

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Hipcamper Nathaniel
Nathaniel N.
recommends this listing.
(Site 16 - RV or Tents)
September 7th, 2022

Awesome weekend camping site# 16 at Madrone Tree Hill! The picnic table, fire pit and chairs are out in the open which made it great for stargazing at night. There are 2 perfect spots for tents just inside the woods adjacent to the site. There was plenty of room for our 2 vehicles to park and pull out our attached awning. I recommend having an awning or pop up if the weather is warm. The site gets all of the AM sunshine and perfect shade in the afternoon. The toilets were clean and the water sources are convenient. Plenty of stuff to do in Apple Hill and the surrounding area. We will definitely be back

Hipcamper Jenna
Jenna R.
recommends this listing.
(Site 14 - Tents only)
September 7th, 2022

We loved tent camping on Gordon's land. The tall (redwood?) trees made for a whimsical time and the stars were lit up above us all night. The sites themselves are well equipped and contained. There was a group nearby that was playing loud music but quiet hours were duly enforced by the on call person which was a relief. Would definitely stay again!

Hipcamper David

Great apple hill getaway

David B.
recommends this listing.
(Site 4 - RV or Tents)
September 6th, 2022

This was a great place for a short getaway. Spaces are large and far apart. Campers are quiet and respectful. Potable water and clean toilets. Beautiful wooded setting. Just loved it. Thanks Gordon

Hipcamper Anish
Anish S.
recommends this listing.
(Site 13 - tents only)
September 6th, 2022

One of the best campsites I have been to.
Loved how gordon arranged everything before we arrived.
He was also quick to respond to all of my questions and concern.
Would definitely revisit and recommend.

Hipcamper Scott

Holiday weekend camping

Scott W.
recommends this listing.
(Site 3 - RV or Tents)
September 6th, 2022

Holiday weekends can be crazy to go camping. You expect there to be music playing, laughter and loud conversations. However, Frank and Gordon did a great job ensuring campers were considerate of others. This is the second time staying at Madrone Tree Hill, and I look forward to more visits to come. Thank you for allowing us to camp here.

View of our campsite. Spacious and shady, which was wonderful in the heat.
Hipcamper Roberto

Great getaway!

Roberto R.
recommends this listing.
(Site 7 - Tents only)
September 5th, 2022

The spaces were a good distance away for privacy. The options for camp spots are great with lots of shady options. Great getaway for the day with lots of options to explore nearby.

Hipcamper Rahaf

Forest camping, close by towns

Rahaf A.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1 - Tents preferred)
September 5th, 2022

I loved our camping site. Everything was greatly located; portables bathrooms, water sinks and our site. First night, there wasn’t a lot of people, we had one neighbor tent next to us and the night was great and quiet.

It was on a hot weekend but in the site, it gets much better after 7pm. By the time went to sleep, it was kinda chilly which was an important detail for me.

Frank, the person overseeing the sites and checking on guests’ needs was great and very pleasant and helpful. Our grill order did not go through and they had limited numbers of grills. It was a very busy weekend so they were all taken (I suggest to review your extras in the email to confirm). We ordered a propane for the fire pit for $35 it was enjoyable.

The next night, we had new neighbors in the far end side who were very loud with music blasting, we decided to talk to them around med night and they quieted down.

The only down side for this camping ground is the dust that rises in our camp every time a car passes the camping ground. I wish they could find a solution for that, that would my only concern when I visit again.

I would still come back and recommend the site because Gordon and Frank were very responsive, great hosts and very organized. The email sent after reservation had all the recommendations we could need (swimming, activities..etc).

The site is conveniently located next to a convenience store, camino food center (5 min away) and many other fun activities.

View from the tent


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