Hipcamp host Art L.,
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Fall and winter bulletin.  Camp is open even during national forest campground closures!  Daytime conditions are great with sunny warm days possible even in December, but with very cold nighttime lows with high winds possible.  Bring lots of layers and an outer windbreak layer.  Gloves and warm head covering can make a huge difference toward comfort on the coldest of nights.

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Fall and winter bulletin.  Camp is open even during national forest campground closures!  Daytime conditions are great with sunny warm days possible even in December, but with very cold nighttime lows with high winds possible.  Bring lots of layers and an outer windbreak layer.  Gloves and warm head covering can make a huge difference toward comfort on the coldest of nights.  Check the forecast when planning your trip, I like Accuweather.  The road becomes impassable due to mud and snow conditions for about 1-3 weeks each winter.  If trip is cancelled by weather you'll get a full refund so book with confidence.  Geminid meteor shower peaks December 13-14 this year and should be great the weekend immediately before.  This shower has been outperforming the Perseids in recent years but usually coincides with the first good cold snap of winter.

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. This site is currently recommended for up to 6-person tents with room for numerous smaller ones.  Look for expanded 10 person class tent room for the summer 2021 season.   Over the winter I've enlarged the tent spots and widened/leveled the parking area to accommodate bigger groups and car campers.  Astro Camp is geographically separated from the other sites by steep terrain so you're least likely to mingle with other campers and hikers without deliberate effort.

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.

We're just a few miles from the entrance to the Hungry Valley OHV area where Piru Creek crosses Gold Hill Road with some nice boulder pools, which is a great day trip on hot summer days.  Frazier Park is about 3 miles West of the freeway and has a decent selection of small town stores and restaurants. There is great hiking on Mt Pinos and San Emigdio, and horse riding lessons and rentals in Cuddy Valley.  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.  Dogs are welcome here, and there is lots of open land and an extensive network of trails for hiking with your pooch.  Recommend a recent dose of Advantage or better flea and tick preventive.

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.

The first wave of wildflowers bloom April through early May, after which there are small subtle flowers to be found blooming year round, with a second and third wave of different types of flowers in late spring and mid summer even as the majority of spring grasses and plants turn brown.  Weather can be quite variable; I've seen sleet and snow in May, and nights can get pretty cold so bring plenty of layers.  A warm cap and gloves can make a big difference in night comfort.   For hot daytime wear, white light long sleeves and a wide brim hat are a good idea; also remember sunscreen as we're at 4,500 feet.

Campfires are NOT allowed, but each campsite has a ring of rocks around a solar LED flame lamp that's surprisingly realistic.   There's also a colorful solar LED wand visible from afar to act as a homing beacon to your camp for night arrivals.   No wood or charcoal fires allowed at any time!  However, despite what the boilerplate fire ban message may say elsewhere, at Liron Ranch the responsible use of propane and camping fuel appliances like camp stoves and lanterns is welcome and encouraged.

The ranch is about 15 minutes from the freeway ramps, so campers on road trips have found it a convenient stopover along the 5.  There about 2 miles of maintained, occasionally steep dirt road from pavement to camp that regular passenger cars even Priuses can easily handle most of the year.  Lowered vehicles or those with delicate ground effects or aluminum wheels with 45 series or lower tires may suffer.  This road is narrow, with blind curves and steep drop offs with no guardrails, and a stout gate to maintain the private and unspoiled ambiance of this exclusive district.    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 wheelchair access
Essentials
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Fire ban in effect
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

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Hipcamper Carlo

Solitude

Carlo E.
recommends this listing.
August 27th, 2021

Great stop near the Grapevine. It's a beautiful spot with great night skies and Astro Camp is nicely set apart from the other sites, and has some leveled areas tents or cowboy camping on the ground.

There's some steep, narrow trails around to explore.

Getting there is a minor adventure...more akin to finding a tucked away spot of BLM land than pulling into a developed ranch or campground. It didn't bother me, but take into consideration what type of "camping" experience you want. I would suggest getting there with plenty of daylight to get situated.

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Hipcamper Christopher

Perfect stopping point for traveler

Christopher C.
recommends this listing.
June 21st, 2021

Very secluded but also very near town. Felt safe. Would definitely stay again! Art is also very helpful!

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Hipcamper Abel
Abel F.
recommends this listing.
January 10th, 2021

Great place to camp and connect to nature.

Hipcamper Ted
Ted A.
recommends this listing.
December 30th, 2020

Look up at the sky and you likely won't seen anything beyond a miasma of black. When you visit the astro camp and look out over the valley at night, it's more than a subtle reminder that there's something larger than us out there. Seeing Orion's belt, satellites, planets, and constellations galore was incredible! I cannot recommend visiting enough!

Hipcamper Anastasiya

Mountain views & starry skies

Anastasiya B.
recommends this listing.
November 21st, 2020

Really beautiful and simple space! I recommend it if you are good at following directions (as it is a tad complicated getting to the spot) and aren't looking for anything fancy - its primitive. The mountain view & starry skies are unbeatable though, and we enjoyed hiking the property! Didn't get to meet the host but communication was great prior to the trip.

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

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Hipcamper Art
Response from Art, the Host, on October 3rd, 2020

I love seeing city dogs smiling like that on a visit to the wilderness! Glad you enjoyed your visit and glad to host you again any time. There will be some new sites and amenities for next year's camping season, and the local wildflower superbloom peaks around late April-May. I hate the necessarily complicated written directions, so I made an annotated picture that explains the drive from pavement to camp at a glance. Four different Hipcamp rules and limitations prevent me from offering it here, so I have it hosted conveniently on Reddit with search terms in the confirmation email. Clunky but worth the extra step.

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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 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 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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Art L.’s Land
State
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