Labor day announcement: Liron Ranch is OPEN FOR CAMPING while national forests are closed!
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
Labor day announcement: Liron Ranch is OPEN FOR CAMPING while national forests are closed!
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.
- 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%
Offered on the Host's property or nearby.
Crows and redtail hawks are active about the canyon, with many other less conspicuous birds to be found. There are ground and ...Read more
Natural features you'll find at Astro Camp at Liron Ranch in California.
If you stayed here and have some insider info for us, let us know!
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.
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!
Mountain views & starry skies
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.
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
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.
Just me, the stars, and the birds
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