|Typically Open:||Year Round|
|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|
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.
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.Read more about our rating system
The road starts out at the 247 and heads north.
The first of two wash crossings you will have to navigate to get to Means Dry Lake.
Second of the two wash crossings you have to navigate while traveling to Means Dry Lake.
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.***
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.
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.
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.
Starting Point: Lucerne Valley, CA
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.