Boone Road - Johnson Valley

Yucca Valley, California (San Bernardino County)
Last Updated: 10/25/2017
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Status: Open
Typically Open: Year Round
Difficulty: 1-2
(EASY)
Length: 3.6 miles
Highest Elevation: 3000 feet
Duration: About 20 minutes
Shape of Trail: Connector
Best Direction to Travel: North
Nearest Town: Yucca Valley
Nearest Town w/ Services: Yucca Valley
Official Road Name: Boone Road
Management Agency: BLM - Johnson Valley
District: Barstow Field Office
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Highlight: Boone Road - Johnson Valley

Boone Road of California's Johnson Valley (AKA Hammer Town USA - home of King of the Hammers) is the major artery that takes people in and out of Johnson Valley. Comprised mostly of a dirt road, this dirt super highway is a great place to see some of the most epic 4x4 and extreme off-road rigs that people can dream up. While the road itself is an easy drive, on the north end is some of the hardest known trails in America. If passing down highway 247, from either Lucerne Valley or Yucca Valley, take a quick detour and check out one of the most legendary offroad areas in the world.

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Route Information

Technical Rating: 1-2
(EASY)

Dirt and/or rocky road. Potential rocks and/or tree stumps less than 8" tall and/or vertical ledges less than 9" tall and/or near vertical ledges or waterfalls less than 12" inches. Good tire placement likely. Can be steep but with good traction.

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Description

Boone Road is a main artery that takes you in and out of Johnson Valley's Means Dry Lake (AKA Hammer Town USA). The road is mostly maintained and is easily drivable in all types of vehicles including RV's. There are several wash crossings and the road ends into a dry lake bed. If for any reason the road is wet, I would highly advise against taking anything but a 4x4 down this road. The US Government has come to an agreement with the Off-Roaders that use the area, and we will be sharing areas of the land in Johnson Valley with the US Military. During these times which are unknown, civilians will not be allowed in the area. There is no set schedule yet of when it will be closing and reopening. This is a growing concern for many people that enjoy the area for the fear that they will permanently close this area after the first time they use this area for Military training. Please see URL for access issues for more information.

Waypoints

1. Boone Road and Old Women Springs Road

The road starts out at the 247 and heads north.

2. Wash Crossing (0.3 mi)

The first of two wash crossings you will have to navigate to get to Means Dry Lake.

3. Wash Crossing (0.9 mi)

Second of the two wash crossings you have to navigate while traveling to Means Dry Lake.

4. Boone and Barnes Road (Stay Northwest or Go Left) (2.2 mi)

The road comes to a left turn and heads north again. If you go right, this takes you onto a private road. ***Do not take Barnes Road, the locals are not happy about the traffic on their road.***

5. Bridge (2.4 mi)

This new bridge was added some time back to cross this rather deep wash. The bridge is easy to cross where it is wide enough for 1 vehicle at a time. This is also a common spot for people to do jumps between the two sides of the bridge. You are not required to stay on the road in the area. If you would like to drop down into the wash and try climbing out, you have this option.

6. Desert Run Road (2.7 mi)

One of the few major dirt roads that cross this path. Desert Run Road takes you west towards Turkey Claw, Mommas Sand Hill, and the base camp for the Morongo Basin Search and Rescue event.

7. Means Dry Lake (AKA Hammer Town) (3.6 mi)

The Road eventurally dumps you out in the middle of Means Dry Lake (AKA Hammer Town USA). A lot of people like camping here due to the open area and plenty of space for RV's.

Directions to Trailhead

Trailhead Coordinates: 34.368750, -116.545694

Starting Point: Lucerne Valley, CA

***From Lucerne Valley*** Take 247 east roughly 24 miles. You will see a Johnson Valley sign on the right side of the road and the white lines will be broken on the left side of the road where the dirt road starts. ***From Yucca Valley*** From Highway 62 and 247, take the 247 north / west for roughly 20 miles. The turnoff for Boone Road is on the right just after the highway curves to the left.

Camping

Dispersed

You are allowed to camp anywhere in the area. Most people camp on Means Dry Lake with some camping against the hills to try and stay out of the winds. Everything from RV's, to trailers, to tents are welcome in Johnson Valley. Please note, this is dispersed camping and the nearest form of food, water, or help is 30 miles away.

Camping: Boone Road - Johnson Valley

Land Use Issues

The US Government has come to an agreement with the off-roaders that use the area, and we will be sharing areas of the land in Johnson Valley with the US Military. During these times which are unknown, civilians will not be allowed in the area. There is no set schedule yet of when it will be closing and reopening. This is a growing concern for many people that enjoy the area for the fear that they will permanently close it after the military uses it for the first time.

Writer Information

Josh Noesser

Mapping Crew - California

Joshua Noesser grew up in Southern California but has lived in different parts of the country during his young adult life. Josh was first turned to four wheeling when he road with one of his friends dad up Surprise Canyon in the Panamint Valley at age14. After nearly 3 different roll overs later and a half dozen intense waterfalls, Josh was hooked. At 16 he purchased his first Jeep a CJ 7 and by 17 was putting his first locker in it. Currently, Josh is the owner and CEO of Nybble, an IT Solutions Company based in Orange County, California. Nybble isn't your normal IT company where everyone stays in and plays video games. Nybble's average company trip is out on the trails since a good amount of his staff enjoy wheeling too. As Josh likes to say, he offers the only IT Company with the ability to provide services in extreme locations. "If you want a server at the top of The Hammers, we will take care of that for you." Today you can find Josh out on the trail behind the wheel in one of his three different off-road vehicles. See the vehicles below for more information. If you ever run into Josh, please say high, he is a very friendly person and is always happy to have a new person join the group.

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