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


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. 

Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers, trailers, RVs
1 site
Up to 8 guests per site
Park at listing
Wheelchair access
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Fire ban in effect
Picnic table available
Bins available
No potable water
No kitchen
No showers
No wifi
Laundry absent
Camping vehicle details
No electrical hookup
No water hookup
No sewage hookup
No TV hookup
Generators not allowed
Pull-in site
Max length 28.0 ft
Surface type: loose gravel
Surface levelness: flat
Doesn't accommodate slideouts
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%


Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Off-roading (OHV)
Wildlife watching


Natural features you'll find at Windridge View/RV site Liron Ranch in California.


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Hipcamper Allison

Peaceful and beautiful

Allison H.
recommends this listing.
September 11th, 2021

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.

Hipcamper Yancey

Beautiful view and clean site.

Yancey A.
recommends this listing.
August 17th, 2021

It was absolutely beautiful. Driving the road in the middle of the night in pitch black is terrifying though. Would definitely come back again.

Hipcamper Kate
Kate A.
recommends this listing.
July 13th, 2021

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!

Hipcamper Alex


Alex A.
recommends this listing.
July 13th, 2021

This is a great spot to stop off on our trips. Very convenient and Art is very accommodating and communicates quickly!

Hipcamper Bennett

Hilltop view of the grapevine

Bennett C.
recommends this listing.
June 1st, 2021

Nice little hilltop view of the grapevine. Easy directions to get there and Art is kind and super helpful.

Hipcamper Zachary

More of this view please!

Zachary K.
recommends this listing.
May 16th, 2021

Wowzers. Yes.

Hipcamper Mat
Mat P.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
April 20th, 2021

I never got past a locked gate.

Hipcamper Art
Response from Art, the Host, on June 5th, 2021

Deep regrets that your trip was ruined. Turns out some trespassers on motorcycles led the neighbor to re-key the gate lock ahead of schedule, and without informing me as planned. There was even a copy of the new key in the backup lock box, but I was offline by 9pm that night. The gate is key to the privacy and quality of the area. I've developed systems where most gate issues can be overcome without campers needing to contact me, but this re-keying was an unexpected case. Gilbert, the 75yo neighbor who maintains the road with his tractor and the gate with his welder, offered his apologies as well when I told him this happened. (Double Picard Facepalm meme of shame)

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Hipcamper Jonathan
Jonathan C.
recommends this listing.
February 10th, 2021

The place is great! Another place to come back too, can’t wait till art has other themed areas will be pretty dope, the stars are amazing.

Hipcamper Celeste

Truck stop view.. ok stopover

Celeste M.
doesn't recommend this listing.
January 20th, 2021

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.

Hipcamper Art
Response from Art, the Host, on February 26th, 2021

Liron is an unhosted campground, which is not that uncommon. Someday I will retire on this land but don't live here full time right now. The driveway rocks strain my back too especially after a day of digging. Will be putting something lighter till I build the eponymous Iron Lion gate later this year. We got several inches of snow this winter, which mostly melted by the time of this stay leaving trails and roads looking rounded and eroded. In the month since I've been going over everything with my well worn square shovel, getting the edges crisp and the surfaces leveled and tamped for the season. Also enlarging tent sites and digging new latrines for each site while the soil is soft. That truck stop was so run down and seedy that they tore it completely down and built a modern travel center from scratch which opened about a year ago. It's actually nice inside now, and they have SHOWERS. I like looking down at the town at night but it's not the view for everybody. The berm at Windridge is designed and oriented so your head is at ground level in a camp chair or passenger car, shielding not only the wind but the view and sound of the town and freeway a mile below, and with Frazier Mountain rising majestically over it. I appreciate constructive feedback and apply it wherever I can to steadily improve the camping experience at Liron Ranch. The 2021 camping season is going to be good!

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