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
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.
Windridge is a basic dry camping site that's ideal for all types of in-vehicle or tent camping. The great thing about Windridge is the VIEW! It's by far the best on the property and the first site I developed when I bought the place. Nearly 360 degrees of mountains, valleys, oak studded canyons, and the Lebec commercial district looking like a toy village below. Beyond that is the San Andreas Fault, at the base of majestic Frazier Mountain. The camping area is a level spot with a berm around 3 sides to offer some wind protection and camouflage. It's tapered to allow some flexibility in orienting your rig for best view or space on the curb side as needed. Next to this is a level area with a picnic table.
The site is on a T-shaped access road so whether you prefer head or back in, you can probably line up your rig to get in and out in just one 3-point maneuver. Small trailers like teardrop/tent should have no problem, and Class B camper vans have become the most common guests in this spot. Bigger rigs like a canned ham or Class A/C moho, I recommend drivers with solid experience off pavement, backing, climbing/descending steep grades in low gear. That said, I used to drive my 28' Pace-Arrow much more challenging places.
Windridge is open to all campers- tent, car, under the stars; but it's also the best spot at the ranch to book for a larger trailer or RV. This is a basic no frills camp with no natural shade and exposure to wind, so check the forecast before committing to an early arrival in mid-late summer. This site has proven very popular with camper van and roof tent campers
Your dogs are welcome at Liron Ranch, just beware there are predators in these hills so keep the small ones close and safe. There is a network of trails all over the mountain for hiking with your pooch, and a dog bowl to use. Recommend a recent dose of Advantage or better flea and tick preventive, especially late spring to mid summer. By day the skies are alive with amusing crows, majestic red-tail hawks and falcons, and a huge variety of other birds. Sunset and twilight are almost always colorful, and the night sky is filled with constellations and the milky way that city dwellers forget exists. Excellent site to book during meteor showers like the Perseids. Also at night, if you hear small animals around you start chittering, look up and you'll probably see (but not hear) the resident owl.
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.
Liron Ranch is unhosted, so while I'm up working on the ranch at some point almost every weekend, you may have the whole mountain to yourself during your stay!
There is 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. 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. Lowered vehicles or those with delicate ground effects or aluminum wheels with 45 series or lower tires may suffer. 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.
Natural features you'll find at Windridge View/RV site Liron Ranch in California.
Places to see near Art L.’s Land
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Peaceful and beautiful
A prettier view than I was expecting! I would definitely stay here again. It’s kind of a trek to get there but worth it. Art is very accommodating and directions are well written.
Lovely views and the play of light on the hills was beautiful. The descriptions on listing were very accurate. The solar powered LED fire was a fun touch. We didn't get to try out the trail but could see it from our site. Both the road getting to Liron Ranch and the out in nature toilet were not for the faint of heart but worth it if a more rustic, quiet camping experience is what you are after. Would Recommend!
Truck stop view.. ok stopover
A little strange, kinda seemed unkempt and check in system was wonky (we didn’t have to check in at all). Never once met/saw the host but he was responsive. Not reflective of normal hipcamp experience. Very exposed and had multiple dirt bikes pass us as well as a car that parked and looked like they were going to camp and then left. Moving the huge rocks to get into the camp site hurt my back for days. Maybe this place is better in the summer? Suggest it for a night stopover, not a getaway. Overlooks the truck stop on the highway below... but you’re definitely high up in the mountains. Wind was insufferable and bugs were swarming once wind died down. Toilets were O.K. I would come back if I was passing through but wouldn’t tell someone I knew to go camp there.