(San Bernardino County)
5/ 5 (3 reviews)
About 3 hours
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Johnson Valley OHV / Bureau of Land Management
Barstow Field Office
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Many people know of Johnson Valley for the famous King Of Hammers and the Hammer Trails, but until recently many people were unaware of the western part of Johnson Valley. Cougar Buttes is a offroading paradise all packed into a small 4x4 area. One such off-road rock crawling trail in this small area is Bull Frog. The trail got its name due to several rocks that took on the look of a bull frog. The trail itself is a an epic difficult rock crawling trail full of severe and extreme obstacles that will put any Toyota and Jeep to the test. The question is can they make it without body damage? Well that is something to prove if possible. While out on this Jeep Trail expect several waterfalls, large rock obstacles, and narrow v-notches. This legendary trail really is everything in a small package. On top of some legendary offroading, the area is perfect from everything from RV camping, to overlanding, to tent camping. Thus you can make a day trip of it or weekend adventure. So pack the camera, and prepare yourself for one awesome time on the legendary Bull Frog trail near Lucerne Valley, California.
Chicken Rock is what I consider the official "start" of Bull Frog. It's a very very large sand stone rock that's a steep climb and on some vehicles can cause a little 3 wheel action. There's Four different ways to start the climb:
1) On the far left on the left side of the large rock which you can see on bottom left of picture 2.
2) Just on the right side of the large rock is the next hardest line. Open vehicles can do this line but body damage to the drivers rear quarter panel is common.
3) Hardest - The Center Line (Seen in picture 2). This one has a undercut ledge you have to climb up.
4) 2nd Hardest - The far right, this is just to the right side of the jeep in Picture 2. You climb the the ramp and it gets really steep.
From the Inland Empire take Interstate 15 North towards Victorville. Exit Bear Valley Blvd. and turn right (East). Follow Bear Valley Blvd. roughly 13miles to HWY18, turn right onto HWY 18 and continue following for about 16 miles to Camp Rock Rd. Turn left onto Camp Rock, follow Camp Rock Rd for 3 miles and keep an eye open for a street sign on the right that says Cambria (Google Maps calls it Astral). Turn right on Cambria (dirt road) and follow it to the trail head.
Land Use Issues
Johnson Valley is enormous, to say the least, but there are certain areas that belong to the U.S. Armed Forces, so check with BLM before you end up somewhere you're not supposed to be! They do close parts of this desert throughout the year, thus be prepared for a sign saying the area is closed.
What a fun area. Always worth the visit.
My new Falken tires did awesome on the trail. They gripped way better then my previous tires and I was able to do all the hard obstacles with open riffs that I couldn't do before. I was able to do everything the and locked up vehicles did and in some spots even easier... Just shows you, tires can really make a big difference.
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.