Hipcamp host Art L.
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Astro Camp is a simple no-frills dry tent site whose greatest feature besides overall privacy is the VIEW.  If you want to experience dark sky astronomy or stargazing especially during a meteor shower, this is the place. There is open sky at night, but that means NO natural shade so it can get hot at mid-day during summer.  There are some trees nearby with small level ar

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Astro Camp is a simple no-frills dry tent site whose greatest feature besides overall privacy is the VIEW.  If you want to experience dark sky astronomy or stargazing especially during a meteor shower, this is the place. There is open sky at night, but that means NO natural shade so it can get hot at mid-day during summer.  There are some trees nearby with small level areas where you can chill in your camp chairs during the hottest part of the day, with a great view over the steep canyon where you'll feel at one with the birds and wildlife.  Astro Camp is a loosely spaced group of 4 level tent areas on the side of a North-facing mountain, about 120 feet down a gentle trail from the parking area, giving flexibility for solo, couples, friend groups, and extended families. 

The ranch is about 15 minutes from the freeway ramps, so campers on road trips have found it a convenient stopover during road trips along the 5.  There is plenty of parking at Astro, but it's not particularly level so if you're just car camping check my other listings which have good level parking spots.  If just one party in your tent group wants to car camp contact me, we can make this work.

The tent sites are built into the slope and a natural gully for some wind protection at chair and tent level.  It can be rough on light easy-up style canopy frames, so consider one of those flexible pop up cabanas for shade that will flex like the reed, not break like the extruded aluminum oak.  Use the slope and berm to your advantage to make a roomy grotto with a killer view.  Bring plenty of rope, paracord works really well.  There are a couple of cinder blocks and bricks around camp to help weigh and tie things down.  There's also a trash basket, bags, and a dog bowl, and a picnic table with an expansive view from the canyon below all the way out to Tehachapi and beyond.

Liron Mountain Ranch is 24 varied acres high in the soft rolling hills of Lebec overlooking Tejon Ranch and the Grapevine. There is a network of trails criss-crossing the property to explore the different microclimates, from sunny exposed slopes to a cool oak-shaded canyon. Enjoy seasonal wildflowers and watch the amazing variety of wildlife. The varied terrain and elevation changes make the ranch an excellent place for cross country and obstacle course racers to train while camping.  There's a rope climb over a rocky outcropping, and over time I'll be adding more physically challenging obstacles.

It's less than 3 miles from the entrance to the Hungry Valley OHV area where Piru Creek crosses Gold Hill Road with some nice boulder pools, and is near Frazier Park which has a decent selection of small town stores and restaurants. Be prepared for strong winds, high elevation sun, and insects.  The ranch tops out at 4,500' elevation and sees 4 seasons.

This area features amazing spring wildflowers, hot summer days with pleasant nights, crisp clear fall weather, and freezing nights and some snow in winter.

Unlike public campgrounds that tend to be boisterous, loud, rowdy, and messy, Liron is private and secluded in the Estate district of Lebec so it's rare to see another person the whole time you're up here.  This is maintained by a LOCKED GATE along the road; please read and print out your entire confirmation message and contact me right away if you don't see the gate instructions.

There is about 1.5 miles of maintained dirt road between pavement and camp that regular passenger cars can easily handle most of the year. Immediately after rain there are some slippery parts of the road where good tires and 4wd are desirable. About 2-3 weeks of the year at various times December-Feb the road may be impassable due to deep snow and mud.

Campsite area
Bring your own tents
1 site
Up to 12 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Essentials
Toilet available
Pets allowed
No campfires
Amenities
Picnic table available
Bins available
No potable water
No kitchen
No showers
No wifi
Laundry absent
Have a question? Send Art a message!
  • Check in: After 12PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Flexible
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 6 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 25% off
  • Response time: Within 6 hours
  • Response rate: 100%

Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Wildlife watching

Crows and redtail hawks are active about the canyon, with many other less conspicuous birds to be found. There are ground and ...Read more

Hiking
Off-roading (OHV)
Climbing

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Astro Camp at Liron Ranch in California.

Canyon
Mountainous

The vibe at Astro Camp at Liron Ranch

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Hipcamper Paul

Just me, the stars, and the birds

Paul T.
recommends this listing.
July 29th, 2020

Description was right on: great for stargazing, no frills, just what I wanted. Asked Art for clearer directions and he emailed me better ones, with a map. Turns out you need a gate code, which I know til arrival; was able to get Art on phone (not text) right away so that worked out. "1201" in the directions = 1201 LeBec Road, look for non-descript tin building there

Hipcamper Art
Response from Art, the Host, on September 26th, 2020

Glad you had a good stay. Regarding 1201 Lebec Road, that is NOT my property, just the turnoff to the road up the mountain which passes along a legal easement. The guy who lives there tries to turn away Hipcampers, so know that there's a bypass road a little further along Lebec Road if he's blocking the main entrance to Ridge Route Drive at a given moment. Liron Ranch is built on wild undeveloped land and usually unhosted. I don't live on the mountain so be sure not to drive up to peoples houses or knock on doors looking for me, in short this kind of behavior can end up impacting or shutting down every Hipcamp host in the county. The confirmation message after booking includes instructions to find a picture that shows the route from pavement to camp making navigation much easier. If unable to find the pictures contact me right away and I'll email them directly to you.

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Hipcamper Tess
Tess S.
recommends this listing.
July 20th, 2020

Arts land is stunning. We would return in a heartbeat. Clean, beautiful, private, and well kept.
It is not for the faint of heart! Which we loved. Getting up to the site was on an uphill dirt road so I would recommend a confident driver and a capable car.
The site like I said was beautiful. We arrived around 5pm and unfortunately had to leave at sunrise. We got to see the comet and stars while still being near “civilization”.
There are two sites on the property, which we did not realize, until morning. Both are private, great picnic table (important!).
Astro camp site is a hike from your car and the tent area would fit a 2 person tent well, but would be tight with anything bigger.
The second site was more dirt and less grass, but not a hike to.
We must have had great luck with no bugs and minimal wind for being without trees to block.
I would recommend for those who are experienced campers looking for a scenic and private site. We’d love to return.

Hipcamper Art
Response from Art, the Host, on July 21st, 2020

I'm glad you enjoyed your stay and hope to see you again. I'm up almost every weekend working on improvements so you'll see more and better things here in the future. Astro Camp is next in line for enlarging the tent pads and setting up a durable sail shade. Remember the view whenever there's a meteor shower, Perseids and Geminids tend to be best.

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Hipcamper Keagen

Locked gate and no communication

Keagen H.
doesn't recommend this listing.
July 29th, 2020

The host’s directions included passing through a gate on a shared dirt road to enter his property. When we arrived, the gate was locked. We tried texting and calling the host but got no response. We had to camp on the public dirt road next to I-5 since there was no other way to get to the campsite.

At 3:45 AM, the host was leaving the property and found us at the gate. He said the gate code was in an email I had received, but I was unable to find a code or any instructions about how to unlock the gate in any emails. We declined the offer to enter the campsite since it was the middle of the night and all our sleeping gear was already unpacked.

Hipcamper Art
Response from Art, the Host, on July 30th, 2020

Sorry things didn't work out that night for you guys. Stuck just 10 minutes from camp, so frustrating. When I got home that night I double checked that the gate instructions were included in your confirmation message. If your email notifications don't match what you see in the Hipcamp messaging system, open a support ticket to bring this problem to their attention. I'm generally quick to reply to messages and emergency phone calls, the only exception being the ~1 day a week I get up to the ranch. I'm also always working to streamline and improve the camping experience here, so I've also reworked the confirmation message and hopefully the gate won't be a problem again.

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Hipcamper Elizabeth

Happy camper

Elizabeth B.
recommends this listing.
August 3rd, 2020

The host was quick to respond to my last-minute inquiry! He also encouraged me to message him with any questions or problems I had. My friend and I were the only people at the site on a Saturday in August. The campsite itself reflected its description on the website.

Hipcamper Andy

Hidden gem away from it all

Andy S.
recommends this listing.
August 30th, 2020

Absolutely stunning view. One of the most beautiful campsites I've stayed at in a long time.

Hipcamper Eleanor
Eleanor P.
recommends this listing.
September 27th, 2020

Hilly desert with high winds, but very private and a nice place to let the dogs unwind after a long drive. Very basic. Directions are intimidating, but if you arrive during daylight hours you'll be fine. Just 10 mins off the freeway. You could do a motel 6 or you could have total privacy and a scenic view. High winds, but we have a rooftop camper so wasn't a big deal. A motorhome would be perf. Road up isn't that bad, but it's a little rocky and steep. Wouldn't wanna drive it in the dark for the first rime. Would stay again. Art was informative and quick to answer questions

Astro Camp at Liron Ranch
Hipcamper Tessa I.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
August 31st, 2020
Property
Art L.’s Land
State
California
Country
United States
$35/night
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