Josh Noesser

Mapping Crew - California
Trail Reviews: 47900 points
Questions Answered: 10050 points
Off-Road Experience:
6+ years
Off-Road Style:
Rock Crawling
My Garage:
  • (4" lift, 35" tires)
  • (4.5" lift, 38" tires)
  • (Stock lift, 35" tires)
  • 2019 Jeep Wrangler (4 door) (2.5" lift, 37" tires)
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.

My Garage (4)

Lift Size: 4"
Tire Size: 35"
The vehicle he drives the most is a 2001 Jeep Wrangler TJ with a 4.0, 35's Falken Mud Terrain, and 4-inch ProComp lift. This Jeep does have open diffs which is something that Josh really enjoys. Josh was driving fully locked up vehicles so long that driving the open vehicle is adding the extra challenge and bring a whole new life to some of the older trails.

Lift Size: 4.5"
Tire Size: 38"
His other jeep which is currently in testing and being used on trail. This is a 79 CJ 7 with a 4.0 Stroker (4.7), 38's falken's, Raceline Beadlocks, Dana 60 HD Front, 14 Bolt Rear, Detroit's, NV4500, Atlas, Custom Built 4 link and 3 link Suspension, 18" Coil Overs, Spuderwebshade, custom belly armor, and the list goes on. Before all the cool toys were added this Jeep, Josh has successfully either created or traversed almost every trail in Southern California.

Lift Size: Stock
Tire Size: 35"
As for the last vehicle, it is a 2002 Ford F250 Diesel 4x4 CrewCab. It might not be a rock crawler but Josh does use this vehicle for trails rating 1-4 and will tow his jeeps through trails up to a 4 rating to get to campsites that are very remote. He did recently replace the rims with 20" Raceline Wheels and Falken A/T tires.

2019 Jeep Wrangler (4 door)

Lift Size: 2.5"
Tire Size: 37"

My Trail Reviews (129)

(within last 6 months)
2N47 - Cleghorn Ridge (04/10/2021)
Did a quick run of the trail to see how it is. The main path is pretty torn up and would expect the forest service soon to regrade it. All in all it is a little worse then before. Increased the lower rating to a 3 from a 2 and leaving the hard rating at a 6.
Devil's Canyon (04/05/2021)
Just ran it again. What a fun trail. We did a lot better this time as we finished in the daylight. We had 4 vehicle failures but lucky for us, all were easily fixable and we had the parts.
Devil's Canyon (04/05/2021)
These are the forms that you need to fill out. They are pretty straightforward.
Phillips Canyon West Wash (03/08/2021)
Did a quick run with friends. Turned out to be a great day.
Mule Canyon (03/08/2021)
Did a quick run with friends. Turned out to be a great day.
Kramer Arch (03/08/2021)
Did a quick run with friends. Turned out to be a great day.
Doran Canyon (03/08/2021)
Did a quick run with friends. Turned out to be a great day.
Phillips Canyon West (03/08/2021)
Did a quick run with friends. Turned out to be a great day.
Exit from Claw Hammer and Nightmare (03/03/2021)
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Turkey Claw - Johnson Valley (03/03/2021)
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SOS - Johnson Valley (03/03/2021)
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Sledge Hammer 3rd Canyon (03/03/2021)
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Sledge Hammer (03/03/2021)
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Short Bus (03/03/2021)
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Tack Hammer (03/03/2021)
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Sand Hill - Johnson Valley (03/03/2021)
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Road To The Hammers - Johnson Valley (03/03/2021)
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Road to Short Bus and Comp Hill (03/03/2021)
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Road to Claw Hammer - Johnson Valley (03/03/2021)
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Road to Backdoor - Johnson Valley (03/03/2021)
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Qualifier Hill (03/03/2021)
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Off-Your-Rocker (03/03/2021)
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Nightmare (03/03/2021)
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Morongo Basin Desert Run Road - Johnson Valley (03/03/2021)
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Means Dry Lake - Johnson Valley (03/03/2021)
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Lower Johnson (Little Johnson) (03/03/2021)
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Little MC - Johnson Valley (03/03/2021)
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Lazy Days - Johnson Valley (03/03/2021)
FYI - Military Shut Down Dates 2021 April 30 to May 10, 2021 Oct 15 to Nov 1, 2021 2022 April 26 to May 9, 2022 Oct 18 to Nov 1, 2022
Fissure Mountain Trail (03/03/2021)
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Jack Hammer (03/03/2021)
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Jack and Sledge Connector (03/03/2021)
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Hammers Scenic Byway - Johnson Valley (03/03/2021)
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Giant Rock (03/03/2021)
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Front Door - Comp Hill (03/03/2021)
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Fielder's Choice (03/03/2021)
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Backdoor (03/03/2021)
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Boone Road - Johnson Valley (03/03/2021)
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Camp Rock - Johnson Valley (03/03/2021)
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Chocolate Thunder (03/03/2021)
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Claw Hammer (03/03/2021)
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Wrecking Ball (03/03/2021)
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Upper Johnson (Big Johnson) (03/03/2021)
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Devil's Canyon (02/18/2021)
Got to run the trail a second time. I feel lucky as this is such a great trail. The video is from our previous trip
The Hex (02/15/2021)
Love this trail, we ended up breaking a front axle, but we were able to return the next day and run it
Painted Gorge Road (02/10/2021)
Didn't realize this area was here. I want to go back and make a weekend of it.
3N22 - Elliott Ranch (02/02/2021)
I have used this trail a few times now to get around traffic or double back after doing cleghorn. It is a great little trail but you have to watch out of OHV's.
Front Door - Comp Hill (02/01/2021)
Quick update to the trail
South Fork Palm Wash (02/01/2021)
This is probably one of the coolest trails in the area. I never knew it was there and only heard the stories. Now it is a must-stop every time we go.
2N56 - Sheep Canyon (01/31/2021)
Easy trail
Trail 201 (01/28/2021)
Its better than taking the asphalt.
Connector Road (01/28/2021)
Point a to point b
Voodoo (01/28/2021)
Not what I was hoping for with a name like voodoo. Maybe should be call boohoo. But the side trails are great.
Voodoo Rock Garden (01/28/2021)
Not bad, this is a lot of fun. This is a great side detour when in the area and great for all levels of people.
Tilted Table (01/28/2021)
Its a connector route.
Craptastic (01/27/2021)
Didn't run the trail as it looked too extreme for the group I was with. But I wouldn't mind going back and giving it a try.
Superstitions Sand Dunes (01/26/2021)
This area was a ton of fun. You don't get to play in sand dunes very often that are this large.
Sand Dam and Pass (01/26/2021)
Sand Dam is worth seeing at least once. Pretty cool area.
Mine Bypass (01/25/2021)
It's cool as in I have never done it, but overall neat little trail.
3N14 - Coxey Road (01/24/2021)
Let it snow. Ran up the trail for a snow run. It was a ton of fun.
3N16 - Holcomb Valley (01/24/2021)
Ran up for a snow run. Went west to east starting at 3N14 but as we neared Holcomb Valley the road iced over making it impossible to continue on. Saw several people slide into each other which our plan was to get off the trail as fast as we can.
Bowen Ranch Road (01/24/2021)
Good to know where this is at. A shortcut to the hills if you know where you can start at. It was snowing on the way out yesterday.
Mine Trail (01/21/2021)
Neat little canyon. I like the dispersed camping spots.
Mine Loop (01/21/2021)
Very fun little trail. I was shocked when we fell upon this. Had a blast.
Giant Rock (01/20/2021)
Something everyone should do at least once
Mojave Road (01/14/2021)
Old Trail Video
3S04 - Main Divide South - Santiago Peak (aka Saddleback Mountain) (01/13/2021)
Reports show the trail has been reopened.
5S01 - Indian Truck Trail (01/13/2021)
Reports show the trail has been reopened.
The Void (01/12/2021)
I really enjoyed these sand dunes over the others in the area.
Holy Cross (01/12/2021)
This was very interesting as you normally don't see things like this. Well worth it.
Wheeler Road (01/11/2021)
Been a long time since i have been out there. We ended up camping for a full week out there. Just the wife and kiddo. It was pretty nice.
Little Blair Valley (01/04/2021)
Updated the photos for the exit. Great little trail.
3N34 - Dishpan Springs (12/16/2020)
Sounds like the gate is closed to the road below the trail. The trail is open and you can access the trail via the other trails in the area. Use the map feature above to find ways around the locked gate.
Lava Tube Road (12/09/2020)
Stopped for the first time here, how cool
Jack Hammer (12/07/2020)
Ran the trail with some good friends and had a blast. The trail was hard like always and I can't wait to go back again. One guy in our group did end up winching 4 times I believe. But as I always say, the ones that struggle the most are having the most fun.
Jack and Sledge Connector (12/07/2020)
Was up on Jack the other day having a little fun.
SOS - Johnson Valley (11/30/2020)
Ran up to the second early exit then headed over to blue berry
Aftershock (11/30/2020)
Just a little proof Aftershock hasn't changed much since 2001. As you can compare, the main obstacle is exactly the same.
Aftershock (11/30/2020)
So we ran this trail and wow it was fun. Been too long as we rarely head that far back up the canyon.
Chocolate Thunder (11/30/2020)
The trail is super torn up from Thanksgiving up there. The holes behind the waterfalls are giant.
Bismarck’s Back Door (11/30/2020)
1st time doing this new path. It was a pretty cool little drive up the canyon and the views from the top were pretty awesome.
Lower Johnson (Little Johnson) (11/30/2020)
Cool little trail, its been a while since I ran it.
Turkey Claw - Johnson Valley (11/30/2020)
Did a fast run up the trail and it was a ton of fun. Can't want to go back.
Upper Johnson (Big Johnson) (11/30/2020)
It's been a long time since I did this trail. It was a good day.
Aftershock (11/27/2020)
Fun times, just ran it and loved it.
Off-Your-Rocker (11/27/2020)
Quick run up to the true ending as now told. Will remap soon.... It gets harder hahahahhaaahaha
Wrecking Ball (11/27/2020)
Ran it twice now, first time 5 hours, second time 15 minutes....
Mojave Road (11/20/2020)
Ran the trail and it was a good time. Had a few issues that slowed us down but didn't stop us. Can't wait to go back.
Sandstone Canyon (11/20/2020)
Ran the trail, feel it might be at the easiest it has been in a long time in the lower half. The middle landslide is getting really easy too. But be warned, someone dug out the backside of it so with the sand it is easy to slide into a rock and hit your door.
Arroyo Seco Del Diablo Trail (11/20/2020)
Ran up the trail for a quick remap. Several new landslides are there which might cause issues in the winter and spring. Please be careful when on this trail.
Afton Canyon (11/20/2020)
Ran the trail and had a ton of fun. THe water crossing is filled in which sort of sucks. But besides that it was a good time.
Odessa Doran Scenic Loop Lower (11/04/2020)
Did a quick drive through the other day as I headed to the the harder trail. One of the camping areas was packed with like 20 RV's
Odessa Doran Scenic Loop Lower (10/26/2020)
Ran up the canyon looking for places to camp.
Kramer Arch (10/26/2020)
What might be the only trail that it takes longer to talk about it than do, this is a blast of a little trial. I love just swinging through the arch as we pass by.
Phillips Canyon West (10/26/2020)
Ran down the trail twice so we could go up Odessa and Doran canyon. This is a great little trail and going up is a ton of fun.
Odessa Canyon (10/26/2020)
Ran the trail after looking for camping spots. One of our guys somehow got sideways in one of the narrow spots. That was pretty funny
Doran Canyon (10/26/2020)
Ran the trail for fun yesterday. It was a ton of fun. Got to winch someone so that always makes it better.
Doran Canyon - Gate Keeper Bypass (10/26/2020)
I don't know why, but the group didn't want to do the gatekeeper in Doran, so we took the bypass.
Mud Hills Center Route (10/26/2020)
Decided to tour guide and take people through this on our way back. Still a ton of fun.
Phillips Canyon West Wash (10/26/2020)
Ran the canyon really quickly looking for a couple of campspot for this winter.
Mule Canyon (10/26/2020)
Ran the canyon super quick to spot out some campsites for a couple weeks out.
3N32 - Union Flat (10/24/2020)
Just ran the trail as we went to join bull. Getting a little torn up
Chocolate Thunder (10/23/2020)
Old Video
Afton Canyon (10/20/2020)
Not sure if true but I am seeing photos around the internet that the rail company filed in the water crossing
Mojave Road (10/20/2020)
Not sure if true but I am seeing photos around the internet that the rail company filed in the water crossing
3N16 - Holcomb Valley (10/19/2020)
Ran a majority of the trail the other day. Still a nice drive and the conditions seem to be getting better.
3N93 - Holcomb Creek Trail (10/19/2020)
I was suprised to see the middle rock garden still hard... In fact it was hard enough to give people problems even without water. Now the east gardens were harder, but the big one at the west trailhead was super easy...
3N69 – Gold Mountain (10/19/2020)
Little better look at the new rock garden on the trail.
3N10 – John Bull (10/18/2020)
Ran the trail really quick. The gate keeper is dead as in super easy.
Fielder's Choice (10/15/2020)
First time cutting over the hills. This was a cool little "short cut". The lower hills was slippery causing problems for the group. It was a ton of fun.
Chocolate Thunder (10/13/2020)
Ran the trail the other day and it was a ton of fun. We did all the hard lines making it for a unique day.
Nightmare (10/13/2020)
Been running this trail since the 90's. I always thought it was claw hammer. Didn't see why Claw Hammer spits right. Oh well. Fun trail and had a ton of fun.
Claw Hammer (10/13/2020)
Ran the trail really fast to get to nightmare. Love this trail. Brings back so many good memories.
Exit from Claw Hammer and Nightmare (10/13/2020)
Ran the trail on the way out of Nightmare this last weekend. Good times
Fissure Mountain Trail (10/11/2020)
First time doing this trail and I was happily surprised on how cool it was. Its not to hard but not to easy so it is perfect for a mixed group of skills and vehicles. But the views.... That was the best part.
Sand Hill - Johnson Valley (10/05/2020)
No way I can pass this up. But the Jeep didn't want to go to the Top today :(
Road to Claw Hammer - Johnson Valley (10/05/2020)
Quick run up the road heading to Fissure Mount. The path was better than normal but still a lot of whoops
Means Dry Lake - Johnson Valley (10/05/2020)
Went out camping with the Fam and friends. Such a great place to relax and forget the world.
Road To The Hammers - Johnson Valley (10/05/2020)
The easiest way to the Hammers
Hammers Scenic Byway - Johnson Valley (10/05/2020)
Ran the trail with a group of friends this weekend. Ton of fun
Sledge Hammer (10/05/2020)
What a better way to start off the season with a quick run on Sledge!!!
Lazy Days - Johnson Valley (10/05/2020)
Took this out from Turkey Claw. It was in good condition and I was able to hold a decent speed heading out.
SOS - Johnson Valley (10/05/2020)
We had a flat tire in the group while on turkey claw, so while waiting for people to get the tools out I ran up about 400 yards and had a little fun. This is a great little trail.
Front Door - Comp Hill (10/05/2020)
Still there
Sledge Hammer 3rd Canyon (10/05/2020)
Ran part of the canyon the other day. Ton of fun
Short Bus (10/05/2020)
Quickly passed through this trail... Just wish I had a Bronco to drive on it to see what it felt like.
Camp Rock - Johnson Valley (10/05/2020)
Ran Turkey Claw and took this path on the way out. It is easy and has lots of great views from up on the ridge. You can also get cell service up there with AT&T
Morongo Basin Desert Run Road - Johnson Valley (10/05/2020)
The path was good and friendly to my 40 foot RV. I love this area for camping since the wind is usually a little better over there.
Boone Road - Johnson Valley (10/05/2020)
The road in was in great condition. KOH as really helped out this road and it is so RV friendly now.
Turkey Claw - Johnson Valley (10/04/2020)
Who doesn't like a good Turkey Claw??? Love this trail and can run it in a few minutes. Good 15 minute break from camp

My Trails (253)